Get the outside of your home ready for fall!
The weather is finally starting to change in the Midwest. Buh-bye BBQs and pool fun. Hello, bonfires and s’mores. As the season changes, it’s important to get your home ready. Grab the sweaters out of the basement and cleaning supplies! Before the first snowflake hits the ground, make sure you follow these top home maintenance tips.
Fix cracks in concrete and asphalts
It seems once the weather gets colder, you notice a large crack in your driveway or walkway. The crack will get bigger in the winter since it traps water inside, expanding and releasing with varying temperatures. Here’s how you can easily fix a crack in the concrete with three simple steps and only spend about $20! You’ll need a broom, foam tubing, concrete crack filler and scissors!
The most common material used for driveways is asphalts! Have you noticed some small and larger cracks? This is typical when a driveway is older because it will crack over time. You can fix this in a couple of steps and get everything at your local hardware store. The solution depends on the size of the crack.
How you fix the cracks depends on the size. If it is ⅛ in to ½ inch, use a simple caulking gun and a putty knife to fill in the crack smoothly. For larger cracks over ½ inch you’ll need gravel and a shovel.
The first thing to do for both concrete and asphalt repairs is to make sure the area is cleaned well and smooth. This will give you the best outcome for both.
Clean out gutters
This might seem like the last thing to do when you are prepping for colder weather, but a gutter full of debri can cause major problems in your home. Who wants to build your own home and simply ruin it with debri filled gutters!? (No one.) A debri filled gutter causes leaky roofs, water damage to the interior and exterior and makes a nice place for rodents and insects to find a home.
It’s recommended you clean your gutters twice a year, once in the spring and again in the fall. A homeowner can go once a year, but if you have a storm or hanging trees it’s recommended to clean your gutters twice a year. Follow these steps on cleaning your own gutters and invest in gutter covers. Avoid any clogs and enjoy less cleaning.
It’s important to turn off your valve, drain your faucet fixture and detach your garden hose to prevent water damage in the colder months. As we all know, water expands when it freezes and in a small valve the water has nowhere to go but spurting out into your basement!
Make sure to close the valves flowing to the outside faucet. This will not affect your main water lines in your home. The next step is to disconnect the hose. If there is any water inside the hose, it can leak, plus this makes them last longer. Finally, drain that faceut.
Get to composting
What exactly is composting besides worms and old food? Composting is organic material that is added to soil to help plants grow. You take food scraps and put them inside the compost. This helps reduce 30 percent of what we normally throw away! This keeps these materials out of landfills. If you plant a garden every year, here is your soil! This easily saves you extra cash for more flowers and produce.
It’s simple to get composting started. A large wooden or plastic bin is needed. From there the right soil and materials are next. This can be a simple addition when you build your own home! You can simply add this in the backyard without it being an eyesore. Follow this link to learn how to compost at your home.
Clean and put away outside furniture
Ah, the cold weather means putting away the patio and lawn furniture. This is the final testament to knowing summer is over until next year. How can you clean your patio furniture without ruining it?
- Baking soda
From there store your furniture in a safe area in the garage or home until next year.
At Homestead Home, we are sad to be waving goodbye to summer, but you and your home can welcome fall with these simple and easy maintenance needs.
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