Before we broach the subject of how to prepare your Greater St. Louis home for the upcoming cooler weather, the team at RRSA St. Louis would like to wish all of our blog readers a very Happy Labor Day weekend! Labor Day traditionally signifies the end of summer and we can almost hear the huge sighs of relief you are feeling, knowing cooler weather is on the way.
To help you prepare your Greater St. Louis home for the upcoming cooler months, we have created a list below of what the RRSA St. Louis team feels are the main things you need to take care of around and inside your home:
- Get Your Roof Inspected–this is the perfect time to have a roofing pro from RRSA St. Louis come to your home and do a free roof inspection. The professional from our team will climb up on your roof and inspect it thoroughly, looking for missing or damaged shingles, roof leaks, and any other problems or abnormalities with your roof. You really need this inspection before cold weather sets in.
- Have Gutters Cleaned or Replaced–Cleaning or replacing your gutters is an important task to prepare for cooler months in Greater St. Louis. Leaves and other debris should be removed from your gutters, and there should also be a check done for an accumulation of granules. Granules indicate that your roof is losing its coating. Once your gutters are clean, consider having gutter guards installed to reduce the likelihood of a clog in the future. Your downspouts should also be checked for clogs. RRSA St. Louis provides all of these services.
- Repair or Replace Siding–Be sure to check your siding for any cracks or gaps. With the weather cooling down, small animals might try to make their way into your home for shelter and warmth. Repair smaller holes with caulk and patch larger holes with new siding material. Also, touch up your exterior paint as needed. Not only will this increase your home’s curb appeal, but it will also help to shield your home from the elements. RRSA St. Louis is the preferred siding installer in Greater St. Louis and we also do siding repairs. Inspections, as always, are free.
- Repair or Replace Windows and Doors–Seal any gaps and cracks around your windows and doors with caulk, weather stripping or window insulator. Also seal any entry points for cable lines, phone lines and so on–these are all exit points for your home’s warmth. This is also the perfect time to get new windows and/or doors replaced with heavy duty, energy-efficient storm doors or windows. Again, as the best home improvement company in Greater St. Louis, RRSA St. Louis can handle any of these jobs for you.
- Home Safety Checks–Since the majority of home fires occur during cold weather, now is the time to test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, test your fire extinguishers and review your emergency escape plans in case of severe weather that causes you to have to evacuate, or in case of fire. If you don’t have any documented plans, now would be a good time to put them together and discuss them with your family.
- Get Your Furnace Inspected–It’s a great idea to hire a professional to service your furnace. They can change the filter, make sure the moving parts are lubricated, inspect the burners and electrical connections, check for leaks, test safety features and ensure proper ventilation. You might be able to tackle some of these things yourself, but you’d risk doing them wrong, damaging your furnace and endangering your safety. For those reasons, it’s best to let a specialist like to pros at RRSA St. Louis to handle this.
- Have Your Fireplace Inspected and Chimney Cleaned–Hire a professional to check your fireplace and chimney and to remove any build-up. This person can also repair or replace the chimney cap if it is damaged or missing to prevent animals and debris from entering. If yours is a wood-burning fireplace, stock up on firewood but store it at least 30 feet away from your home or any other structures. Seasoned hardwoods, such as oak, are best for firewood. And be sure to use a mesh metal screen or glass fireplace doors to prevent stray embers from escaping while your fireplace is in use.
- Check Your Attic for Proper Insulation and Ventilation–An attic that is not properly insulated and/or ventilated is a major hazard for your home and your family’s safety. Call RRSA St. Louis for your FREE attic inspection! The pro we send out to your Greater St. Louis home will make sure you have the proper amount and type of insulation and that your attic is properly ventilated.
RRSA St. Louis considers the above the 8 major things that need to be handled to prepare your Greater St. Louis home for cooler weather. If you have a tip you feel we need to add to this post, by all means, leave a comment and let us know.
Call us today for your free home inspection so we can assist you in handling these or any other tasks you have in mind before cooler weather arrives.
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