Missouri winters can be surprisingly wet and wild, so it makes sense to undertake any basic repair and maintenance jobs on your list in the fall when the weather is still relatively moderate. If you’re preparing your Kansas City, MO, home for winter, we have some basic tips that will help you up your game quickly and efficiently.
Why Maintenance is Important
Regular maintenance is one of the best things you can do as a homeowner to ensure your property stays dry, stable, and healthy through even the wildest winter. It’s also relatively simple; most household maintenance tasks can be undertaken alone. So there really is no reason to not take the time to do maintenance.
If you don’t, you are likely to miss the onset of small problems that will eventually snowball into larger ones. This means that when you do eventually see the issues, you will be facing more severe damage and higher costs. This is a very good reason to enthusiastically undertake annual repairs, and we have some tips as to what you should do.
4 Quick and Effective Fall Maintenance Tips
These quick and easy jobs can generally be done with no professional help and will make sure your home is as well-equipped as possible to tackle the rains winter will bring.
1. Clean Out Your Gutters
Cleaning out your gutters is one of the smallest yet most effective tasks you can undertake to keep your home dry this fall. Clear gutters free of leaves, debris, and other items allow water to drain how it’s supposed to instead of collecting near your foundation and seeping inside your basement or crawl space. All you need is a ladder, some garden gloves, a trash bag, and your garden hose. Remove all debris from in and around your gutters and be sure to flush the system with your hose when you are done.
2. Reposition Downspouts
Make sure you also clear debris away from your downspouts and that you check their positioning. Downspouts should be positioned to direct water away from your home and foundation. If they or your gutters are blocked, they will spill over and lead to excess hydrostatic pressure at the base of your home. If you still find them spilling over despite there being no debris and the downspouts being correctly positioned, you may need bigger downspouts. Downspout lines also can be placed in the ground and out of the way by waterproofing professionals.
3. Reseal Your Basement Windows
Your basement windows may let in light, but they can also let in water. In fact, your windows are some of the most vulnerable spots in your basement; the wells and sills can leak easily if they are damaged or the sealant around them is cracked. Make sure you check that all window wells are draining properly, and that the sealant is intact before winter. If it is not, reseal your windows entirely. If you still notice leaking, it may be that you have more serious issues with your windows and wells.
4. Disconnect Your Garden Hose
One very small, easily forgotten job is to disconnect garden hoses and above-ground sprinkler systems. If a cold snap freezes the water in the hose, it is likely the water in the pipe will freeze as well. If this happens, you will have a burst pipe and a plumbing flood on your hands.
These simple tasks will help you keep your home dry, but there are times when more expert intervention is needed.
When to Call in Professionals for Assistance
If you have noticed standing water, dampness, and leaks despite your regular maintenance and repair work, it is time to call in a professional. Foundation Recovery Systems offers a range of waterproofing solutions and repairs for every situation, plus a maintenance plan. Our team is skilled, experienced, and knowledgeable when it comes to the potential causes of, and solutions for, dampness, mold and structural instability, so don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Our free inspection appointments come with a no-obligation quote for all the suggested work unique to your home and its repair needs.