With the summer ending, it will not be long until cool weather arrives, along with wind and rain. Now is the perfect time to make sure your San Antonio home is prepared for the cold, and this fall maintenance checklist can help. Here are the most important tasks to complete to help you prevent damage, save energy and protect your equipment this fall.
Clean and Prepare the Yard
As plant growth begins to slow down for the year, mow your lawn, trim trees and shrubs, and plant any late-germinating grasses and flowers before it is time to put the lawn equipment away. Clean up trimmings, trash and debris and make sure your sprinkler system is drained and winterized, as well as any exterior hose bibbs.
Store Lawn Equipment
Gather up any shovels, rakes, hoes, shears and pruning equipment, clean it and store it in a dry, covered location for the winter to prevent corrosion and UV damage. Secure lawn equipment like mowers, trimmers and chainsaws and winterize motor-driven equipment by changing the oil, cleaning the air filter and adding fuel stabilizer.
Clean the Gutters
Remove debris from gutters to prevent overflows and water damage during storms. Make sure gutters and downspouts are secure, and that the soil is graded appropriately to divert the flow away from the foundation slab. If you notice any damaged gutters, have them replaced, and consider adding gutter guards at the same time to keep your gutters clean. At IBP San Antonio, we install gutters, gutter guards and related products throughout the San Antonio area and the Hill Country.
Check the Siding and Roof
From the ground, visually inspect the siding and roof for damage, such as loose or peeling siding, missing shingles, buckling, warping or cracking. Have any damaged sections replaced, and give your siding a thorough cleaning with a garden hose or power washer to remove dirt, mildew, moss and debris.
Seal Windows and Doors
Drafty windows and doors can dramatically increase your heating costs while reducing your comfort. Use caulk and weather-stripping to seal around drafty window and door frames, and add or adjust door sweeps to keep out the cold air. Use caulk or spray foam insulation to seal around exterior pipe and wire openings, as well as cracks or gaps in siding or trim.
Add More Insulation
With the mild winters in the San Antonio area, many older homes were built with far less insulation than modern standards recommend, but a properly insulated house can help you save money in both winter and summer. At IBP San Antonio, we can evaluate your home and help you add insulation where it will help the most, such as attics and walls. We offer the latest, most energy-efficient fiberglass, spray foam and cellulose insulation products, as well as professional, cost-effective installations.
Service Your HVAC System
Routine maintenance the best way to make sure your heating system is ready for the winter while preparing the cooling system for the off-season. Have a professional inspect and services the system to ensure reliable, efficient performance. For a more inviting, cozy heat source this winter, consider adding a fireplace insert. At IBP San Antonio, we offer fireplaces and inserts from the leading manufacturers, as well as complete installation services.
Call Today for Insulation Services in San Antonio, TX
When you need help preparing for the fall, call our team at IBP San Antonio. We offer insulation services, fireplaces, gutter installations and more. We serve homeowners throughout the San Antonio area.
Call 210-201-1366 or contact us online to schedule insulation, windows or gutter services today!