Preparing Your Custom Home for Fall and Winter

As we leave the warm summer months and prepare for changing seasons, It’s important to take preventative steps to protect your home from damage. To help you get started, we have a few suggestions to safeguard your home against the changing weather.

Schedule an Appointment to Have Your HVAC Serviced

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If you haven’t, now’s the time to schedule your annual HVAC service. An annual cleaning and inspection of your HVAC system will ensure it holds up to the task of heating your home during the colder months. During your inspection, your technician will also identify possible issues requiring repair. Hiring a professional to service your HVAC ensures you are taking the necessary steps to warm your home efficiently.

Clear Gutter of Leaves and Debris

GuttersWith fall in full swing, many homeowners are likely experiencing an increase in leaves and debris around their homes; that’s why it’s important to clear gutters and free them from debris. Debris accumulation can block water from flowing down and away from the home and cause potential damage to roofs or foundations. We recommend cleaning your gutters annually. You’ll also want to examine your gutters for any signs of wear or damage requiring repair. If you are unable to clear and inspect your gutters, hire a professional to perform the service.

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Disconnect Hoses and Install Insulated Covers

Prevent pipe damage by disconnecting exterior hoses from your home and installing insulated covers on the hose bibs. Pipes lacking insulation are at risk of freezing and bursting, which can cause significant damage to your plumbing and home.

Schedule Your Annual Roof Inspection

Annual roof inspections will uncover potential leaks or problems with your roof’s structural integrity. During an inspection, your roof is checked for signs of damage, such as missing shingles, cracks, or holes. Most companies will treat your roof for moss, which, over time, can cause deterioration. A professional inspection ensures that your roof can withstand the windy, rainy season often experienced this time of year.

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Have Your Sprinkler Lines Cleared

Since they are underground, many homeowners forget to protect their sprinkler lines when winterizing their homes. We recommend clearing your sprinkler lines of any water that may be present. Some Homeowners Associations will take care of this service for you, so be sure to check with yours before contacting a professional landscape contractor.

Turn Off Your Water Feed to Garage Hose Bib

Water feeds are typically located either beside or above your water heater inside your garage. If you have a tankless water heater, look for a bow tie valve. Otherwise, you’ll find a standard quarter-turn ball valve arm for tanked water heaters. When you’ve turned the valve off, drain the hose bib to prevent any remaining water from freezing.

We hope you find these steps helpful in getting ready for the season. Please refer to the owner’s manual and warranty for specific recommendations for your home.

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