This summer was one of the hottest on record. The thought on everyone’s minds was simply “How can I stay cool?” Air conditioners worked over time. Ice makers were on full throttle. Shade trees were sought but didn’t offer much comfort. Now, with August rolling to a close and September on the horizon, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Fall is almost here! With the bonfires, pep rallies, pumpkin spice, and changing leaves comes a new set of challenges. Cold weather can also bring expensive damages to your home if you’re not prepared. As you already know, the Nashville winters have been uncharacteristically brutal, so you want to be prepared for anything the weather throws your way.

Prepare for Clogged Gutters

The changing leaves are beautiful, but when they fall onto your roof and into your gutters, things get ugly. Start early by cleaning out your gutters now so you don’t end up with an emergency on your hands. After the leaves come down, you’ll want to clean them again.

Clogged gutters leave no way for water to drain away from your roof. As water pools, damage can occur. If you leave the problem too long, that water can then freeze, creating larger cracks in the exterior of your home.

Protect Your Roof

If your roof is brand new, you probably don’t need to worry about water or ice damage. Older roofing should be inspected before the fall and winter storms arrive to make sure shingles and flashing are secure.

Also, check the trees around your home to see if any branches pose a possible threat. One good storm is all it takes for large branches to come down and destroy roofs and windows.

Secure Siding and Shutters

High winds that come with autumn storms can also strip your home of loose shutters and siding. Take some time to inspect every board and secure anything that might come loose.

If your siding is sagging, loose, or rotting, you may want to consider replacement before the weather threats arrive. The latest exterior materials are advanced enough to offer years of protection from the elements, which will take a load off your mind every time autumn arrives.

Winterize Your Pipes

If your pipes managed to survive the past few winters, you may be ready for anything that comes your way. Still, it’s never a bad idea to check. If your pipes run close to the exterior of your home, make sure you have plenty of insulation between them and the outside. You should also consider wrapping your pipes in additional insulation, just to avoid freezing when the temperatures plummet.

As a preliminary precaution, find your shut-off valves, too. Sometimes bad things happen no matter how well you plan. Be ready to shut off the water in case your pipes do burst. That way you won’t get the added sticker shock of a massive water bill.

Collect Supplies

You’ll want to have everything on hand, just in case the worst happens. A good rake for leaves, gloves for cleaning out gutters, and a bag or two of rock salt for frozen sidewalks and driveways will give you a good start on your home survival kit.

If you get to spring and notice the winter took a toll on your home, give us a call. We’re happy to help you get your exteriors back in tip-top shape so you can look forward to colorful leaves and playing in the snow while sweating it out next summer.