While we’re still experiencing some summer heat, you might be starting to think about pulling out your autumn decorations and preparing for the colder months. Most of us do regular spring cleaning, but did you know there are some fall cleaning and preparation steps to do before the cold weather arrives?
ServiceMaster of Baltimore has been in a lot of homes and businesses over the past 60 years, so we know a thing or two about how to get ready for the season change. Here are our top 3 tips to prepare for colder weather.
1. Inspect Your Fireplace and Chimney
A fireplace is one of the most likely places for a house fire to start, and it’s important to ensure it is properly maintained to avoid disaster. There are companies that specialize in chimney and fireplace inspection, but you can also conduct a general inspection yourself.
Chimneys are prime nesting real estate for birds, squirrels, and other animals, so you need to do a visual check to make sure there are no obstructions. Clear away any leaves or other debris that may have blocked airflow or poses a fire hazard. Ensure the flue lining is clean and intact to avoid buildup of creosote, which can cause a flue fire.
Examine the firebox for cracks or areas where joints are not firmly attached. You can purchase materials that can withstand extreme heat at fireplace or large hardware stores.
2. Trim Surrounding Trees and Clean Gutters
As leaves fall, gutters get clogged. It’s recommended to clean gutters at least twice a year, as well as before major storms. Gutters help direct water away from your roof and the sides of the home to prevent rainwater from eroding the foundation. You may notice a lot of debris buildup in your gutters if your home is located near large trees.
Trim the surrounding trees as the leaves fall to prevent damage to your home from falling branches. Especially in this region, a wet snowfall can weigh down branches and cause damage to your home, garage, or other property.
3. Seal Window and Door Leaks
Increase your home’s heating efficiency by ensuring windows and doors are properly sealed. Storm windows can help keep cold air out and warm air in. There are also window coverings you can purchase that cling to the window to insulate it even further.
Be sure to check on the trim around the bottom of your exterior doors to prevent cold air and moisture from entering your home, too. If drafts are a problem, you can use a draft stopper to keep in front of the door when it is closed to keep the air out.
Call ServiceMaster of Baltimore for your home and property restoration needs 24/7 at 410-780-1700!