I realize that living in Texas means that we have basically
2 seasons: HOT, and “not so hot”… but we
still need to think about prepping our houses for the upcoming cooler weather;
even if we only get a couple of “hard” freezes a year. Here are a few tips for getting your house
Check windows and doors
for moisture or leaks; then repair with weather stripping, caulk, or a new
window pane if the seal is broken.
Change most standard
furnace filters every 30 to 90 days.
Hit the test and reset
button on GFCI circuit breakers to see if all are working correctly.
Check all faucets, hose
bibs and supply valves for leakage.
Observe lawn sprinklers
for broken heads, leaky valves or exposed lines; repair if necessary. Now
is also a good time to re-program your sprinklers to decrease the summer
watering times but do keep at least a weekly soaking to prevent clay soils
from busting your foundation or slab plumbing. DON’T stop watering
Check your roof for any
missing, loose or damaged shingles. After this past terrible hail storm
season we had in North Texas, chances are you’ll need some sort of fix!
Clean gutters and
Check foundation walls
and floors for any signs of cracking or movement. Most professional
foundation companies will come out to your home and inspect your
foundation for “no charge.”
Inspect all decks,
patios and pool mastic for any signs of deterioration. Repair if needed.
And finally, trim back
all shrubs, trees and vegetation. For a pop of Fall color, plant mums in
your flower beds! They will last for the Fall season, and will bloom again
in the Spring if you’re lucky!
Following these simple instructions will make for a worry
free Fall and Winter, and will pave the way for a wonderful Spring in Texas!!
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