Autumn is the time of year to inspect areas of your log home in preparation for the cold winter months. You’ll want to ensure structures are intact, keep entering pests to a minimum, and ensure your home will be properly heated and insulated for the upcoming seasons. What follows are five home areas to inspect before the chilly fall weather arrives.
Head down to the basement and ensure the furnace is working properly. Test it out to ensure it can still put out heat and change the filter in it as well. It’s a smart idea to stock up on filters for the winter months, so you can change them out every month when the heating system is being used all the time. You can also call an HVAC professional to give it a tune-up so it can operate as efficiently as possible. If you run a wood or pellet stove, definitely inspect the exhaust to ensure it isn’t clogged and make sure the unit is still in good condition, as are all of the piping connections.
If you plan to use your fireplace often, you may want to call a sweeper for an inspection. Most chimney sweepers recommend getting it cleaned annually, but if you only use it occasionally, you may be able to go a few years before needing a full sweep.
With colder weather on the way, pests like rats and mice will be looking for a place to stay warm. They can find their way in through small cracks and crevices, so be sure doors and windows are sealed well and there are no gaping holes from your home to the outside. Common places to see these pests include the basement or kitchen areas. If you see signs of vermin in the house, contact a company like PermaTreat Pest & Termite Control for help.
Gutters become clogged with leaves and debris during the fall months, so be sure to take a look at them before fall begins and a few times during the fall before winter comes. When gutters remain clogged, water that accumulates in them will leak down to the foundation and cause damage. If left untreated, they can eventually cause ice dams if that water freezes up in the winter.
Doors to the outside should properly shut without letting much, if any, air through. Properly insulated windows and doors will keep heat inside your house where it belongs, instead of it leaking to the outside.
Check for leaks, shingles that are cracked, warped or missing. Look for moss buildup as well, which can indicate deterioration underneath. Your roof needs to be in good condition for it to properly support the weight of snow and ice. If you feel uneasy about inspecting it yourself, you can call a professional to help.
When you take the time to make sure your home is ready for the upcoming fall and winter, you can prevent a lot of potential problems that tend to occur in cold weather.