Today, Alpine Gutters and Downspouts shares ways to get started on late summer home maintenance, gutters and more. You’d be surprised at how much more efficient your gutters will work! Plus, the money saving benefits you will be rewarded with are well worth the effort. Read on to see how you can prepare your home during the waning days of summer, so you can avoid major issues come winter.
- Clean out your gutters and downspouts
Gutter debris like sticks, seeds, leaves and rodent droppings from the previous winter might clog your spouts and cause gutter overflow when the rains start pouring. To avoid having to repeat the cleaning after the fall foliage, trim any low hanging trees near your gutters, and be sure to inspect for any damage such as cracks, weakened seams, and clogs in the downspout. This task will involve some elbow grease and ladders, so if you are unable to reach, be sure to call on the gutter cleaning professionals to lend a hand. You can also ask about seamless gutters and gutter guards to make life easier.
- Deck and porch maintenance
Get rid of the summer dust and check the surface of your outdoor spaces for signs of holes, cracks or chipping paint. You will need to putty or stone fill any lacking areas. Sand away chipped or cracked paint or stain, then repaint the surface before the wet season starts. This will save a lot of grief next summer when you want to get outdoors.
- Repair your driveway
Fill in any cracks in your driveway if it is paved to prevent winter rains from eroding the surface. Use cement, liquid cement filler, asphalt filler, epoxy filler, or concrete crack sealant. Be sure to remove any vegetation growing in the cracks first for a clean finished look.
- Clean or replace air filters
Bacteria, mold, and mildew from humid summer days can wreak havoc on the air filters. Wash the old filter and leave it to dry in the sun, or look for a replacement at home improvement stores that have a hypo-allergenic, mildew resistant filter. Have a professional check your HVAC systems as well and replace them if necessary.
- Inspect your roof
A visual inspection of the roof is essential. Look for loose shingles and soft spots as well as curling of shingles or brittle shingles. This could be a sign that the gutters or downspouts are damaged or at risk. Check your soffits for discoloration, which could mean there’s a leak, and don’t forget about checking your attic for any ceiling stains.
- Clean and store your outdoor furniture
Clean your outdoor furniture and leave it to dry in the sun. If you detect signs of damage, spray the furniture with outdoor paint for wood, metal or plastic. Be sure to get yourself a tarp and cover your furniture for the winter.
- Replace weather stripping on the door
If you are noticing cracks or wear on your weather stripping, now is the time to replace them to avoid heat escaping your home and raising your heating bills.
- Clean out your outdoor garbage bins and recycling bins
By wiping your trash cans after summers hot, humid days and the areas around them, it will kill bacteria. Place a clean garbage bag in the can immediately after spraying, keeping cleaning agent trapped inside which will deter rodents.
- Clean your garbage disposal
Humidity and the sun will increase bacteria population in your kitchen sink and disposal. Pour garbage disposal cleaner down the drain to help remove clogs and disinfect. You can also attack the sink with bleach or calcium, lime or rust cleaner to remove any food stains or rust.
- Vacuum upholstery
When the windows are kept open all summer long, and fans are circulating, your furniture upholstery, curtain, and pillows collect more dust than usual. Vacuum pillows and upholstery to freshen the curtains up according to the type of fabric, by either dry cleaning, vacuuming, or placing the curtains in the clothes dryer.
- Check the fireplace
If you own an electric fireplace, there is not a lot to do, but if you have a traditional fireplace, there is a bit more involved. It is recommended to clean your fireplace at least once a year, so any build-up of ash and soot won’t become a fire hazard. Hire a professional if the job is too daunting for you.
- Trim your trellis and bushes
If your backyard, garden, or porch are shaded with a vine or trellis, simply trim back the vegetation before winter. This will reduce the debris falling into your outdoor space and protect the gutter. If you see the potential for even more debris affecting your gutters in fall and winter, consider adding a gutter protection system for greater peace of mind.
- Organize your shed or garden house
Get rid of junk you don’t need in these spaces. Clean out any dirt and dust that has built up over the course of the year and organize your things for winter storage. That will give you more space for patio furniture and other items.
- Inspect the siding
After a season of hot temperatures and rain storms, always inspect your siding to ensure nothing has warped or been damaged. If you find a damaged panel, hire a licensed contractor to fix the issue.
If you have been thinking about freshening up any of the rooms in your home with a new coat of paint, now is the time to do it! Waiting until January to paint will make it difficult to open your windows for ventilation, and that is usually a busy time of year.
Late summer home maintenance, gutters and more, is a great way to get the upper hand on winters harsh ways. Alpine Gutters and Downspouts knows that well-maintained gutters and downspouts will be the first thing you should do to help preserve everything below your roofline, including landscaping, driveways, basements, and your roof. Give us a call today for a free quote on how we can help ensure your gutters and downspouts are functioning at their best.