At the end of every summer season, we begin to prepare for the upcoming cooler months. Over the past year, the greater Philadelphia area has experienced storms like never before. From heavy rains and hailstorms to windy hurricanes, homeowners throughout the region have incurred extensive damage to their properties. Follow along for five crucial tips in protecting your home.

 

Clean Out Gutters and Downspouts

As the seasons change, the leaves start to fall. When gutters fill up with these leaves and other debris, it can lead to internal leaks and ice damming as the temperature drops. Have your local contractor inspect the gutter hangers and downspout brackets to ensure they are tight and secure. No gutters should be sagging or holding trapped water.

Insulate Windows

Did you know that insulating your windows can save you money on your energy bill? If you notice a cold draft coming in through the windows, it can take away from that warm and cozy feeling inside your home. A quick and simple tip to fix this issue is to caulk and seal around the edges for maximum protection.

Trim Tree Branches

It is a great practice to cut back tree limbs and branches at the end of every summer season, especially if these branches are hanging over the roof. When a winter storm occurs, these branches will likely freeze over with snow and ice, creating a potential leak when the temperature rises. These slow and “silent” leaks can create more significant issues once discovered. Make sure all branches and limbs are at least three feet away from the house.

Inspect Fireplace

Having your fireplace inspected and cleaned correctly will protect you and your home. Before cozying up around the fireplace during the holidays, call a chimney expert for an annual cleaning. Having your chimney and vents in good repair helps prevent house fires and carbon monoxide from creeping into your home.

Schedule a Roof Inspection

Roofing shingles, slates, and tiles can become loose and detached throughout the year, leading to interior leaks and extensive damage. Instead of grabbing the ladder from your garage and climbing on the roof, call your local roofing contractor and have them complete a thorough inspection. Not only is this a safe option, but it also is a great way to get an accurate examination of the roof. Please do not wait until it’s too late!

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