5 Common Home Disasters to Look Out for This Fall
Changing seasons bring with them trouble, and as summer fades away and cools into the autumn months, there are a few potential home disasters you should keep an eye out for.
Falling limbs and trees.
Fall is the perfect time of year to take preventative measures before the cold months of winter strike. Just take a walk around your home and look for any dead trees or tree limbs that may be in danger of falling.
When winter comes, with heavy snows and high winds, you’ll want to make sure those are out of the way. Call a professional to remove them, however; don’t take the risk yourself.
Summer often brings with it heavy rains, and these rains lead to damp conditions and mold growth. Ensure your home isn’t an incubator for potential respiratory distress.
Look out for discoloration on the exterior walls, particularly around areas where there may be damage that water could have gotten trapped in. If any mold is found, call a professional immediately. If the water has seeped into the home, you may be facing more severe problems such as insulation damage and energy loss.
Loose windows and doors.
When the temperature drops, the wind tends to pick up — and with increased wind comes increased energy loss. If there are loose windows and doors around your home that aren’t properly insulated and caulked, the heat will leak out like a sieve. Winter will suddenly become much cooler than you like.
Luckily, most loose windows and doors will let you know, either by the tell-tale draft you can feel standing close to them or by the rattling sound they make when the wind picks up.
As the leaves tumble down during the autumn months, gutters can become dirty and clogged, lessening their usefulness. A gutter is essential for driving water away from the home and preventing it from seeping into the walls and foundation.
These should be cleaned at least once per year, but twice or more is recommended, particularly if you live underneath a tree. Cleaning gutters can be dangerous, so never attempt to do it yourself.
If the roof of your home is damaged, you’ll find it virtually impossible to maintain a steady temperature. The roof is the first line of defense against the elements, and where the majority of heat loss takes place. Should there be any damage, it needs to be repaired as soon as possible.
Contacting a professional company to perform an annual inspection of your home is not only a good idea, but a recommended one. Having an experienced, professional eye can help pinpoint problems before they worsen to the point they need costly repairs.
Remember to keep up with a regular maintenance schedule. Call Rosenberg Heating & Air Conditioning at(210) 987-5587 to get your San Antonio home inspected.