It might not seem like fall is near with the rising temperatures we are suddenly experiencing in Chicago, but don’t let those temperatures fool you. The calendar says that fall is coming, which means in addition to your roof, you need to prepare the rest of the exterior of your home for the cooler months. Why not get a jump start now on your gutters and windows, before the weather does turn and outside tasks become unpleasant or an absolute necessity?
Clean those Gutters
Your gutters likely need some serious attention after all of the rain and wind that this summer has brought us. Before the leaves start falling and adding to the clogs in your gutters, you should get them cleaned. Cleaning your gutters helps to get rid of all of the debris and dirt that lies in there, reduces the risk of standing water and gives the fall water and debris a chance at flowing out, rather than causing problems for you in the cooler months.
If you want to take things a step further, you can have leaf guards installed on your gutters, which could help keep a majority of this fall’s foliage out of your gutters. What does this mean for you? It means less likelihood of a flooded basement, less mold and mildew growth and a decreased risk of a ruined landscape.
Look at your Windows
Your windows could offer you insight into whether you will be dealing with cold drafts and high heating bills this winter. Take a walk around your home now and inspect the caulk and window seals in every room. If you suspect a leak, there are several ways to know for sure. If you feel it is safe enough to use a match, simply light one near the suspected leak. If the flame moves, you have a leak. If you are not comfortable using a flame, wait until it is dark out. Take a flashlight and shine it in the area of the suspected leak. Have one person outside on the other side of the window. If they can see the light, you have a leak in your window. Repairing these now can increase your comfort and reduce your utility bills.
The steps you take now can help your fall and winter be much more pleasant. You decrease the risk of sudden emergency repairs and help to make your home more beautiful and comfortable. Even if you are not ready to say goodbye to summer, it is never too early to get a jump start on your fall tasks.