Cold fronts have already begun sweeping across North Texas. This can mean only one thing: fall is here. Is your home prepared to face the cold? Our Dallas plumbers have already shared 5 tips to prepare your plumbing for fall weather. Today, our plumbers will share 5 extra tips to bring the rest of your home up to the task of surviving a chilly autumn.
1. Caulk your cracks
Caulk is important not only for keeping out noise, moisture, and debris, but also for improving the appearance of your house. Take a walk around your home and add caulk where pipes or wires enter the home, around doorframes and windows, and anywhere the siding meets stonework.
2. Repair your roof
Your home’s roof is the first line of defense against harsh weather. For this reason, bi-annual inspections are essential. Take a look around all corners of your roof, checking for damaged or loose shingles. Check your attic and top floor for leaks and re-caulk around your drain and vent systems.
3. Clean the exterior
Your home endures a lot of stress during the brutal heat of a Dallas summer. Trapped moisture can be especially harmful because it becomes a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Take an afternoon to rent a pressure washer and clear off any waste left over from the warmer months.
4. Check your insulation
Like a roof inspection, your insulation should be checked twice a year. Make sure your attic floor is covered in an even layer of insulation. If your attic has flooring, the insulation may need to be placed between the rafters. Don’t cover any vents, which are necessary to prevent moisture buildup.
5. Test all smoke alarms
Your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are a must all year long. Both should be checked each month, but the beginning of fall is a great time to change out the batteries. If your smoke detector is more than 10 years old, it’s time for a replacement. If you see any dust, vacuum or blow it out so the response time is not affected. The earlier you prepare for fall, the better! Take these tips from our experienced plumbers in Dallas and you’ll be ready for whatever the season brings. Photo Credit: Carl Mueller