When it comes to the fall, we are all wondering what kind of weather our homes will have to go through. If you live out in a rural area or even some parts of the country that is mainly suburban, you’re conscious of the fact that colder temperatures are almost a given. Doubly important is if you live near running water, and the threat of flooding is also something to bear. But sometimes water doesn’t need the help of weak river banks and downhill slopes to reach the inside of your home.
The wind is the helpful cousin of water damage and also likes to make its own mark in the way of wind damage. Many homes in America are made out of wood, and even though the foundations may be strong, all other parts of the home are vulnerable to wind damage. It’s kind of like the wolf at the door because huffs and puffs and will eventually blow some part of your home away or down. If you can just take 1 or 2 weeks to make preparations for the fall to your home, and think carefully how the winter winds may attack you can stave off paying for expensive home repairs.
Clearing the channels
The rain that lands on your roof will need to be quickly siphoned off into channels so that there is no build up of standing water. Modern roofs are designed so this happens naturally but that isn’t the end of the story. The rainwater that trickles down from the roof will need to be placed into a channel that then creates a moving stream. The gutters around your roof are there for this reason. They’re far from just pieces of plastic fitted to the edges of your roof, they play an important role in limiting water damage. The wind can easily damage gutters as they hang off the edge and thus if enough force is exerted, can come loose. When a gutter is loose it can then be ripped off the side of your home, which means rainwater comes crashing down onto your garden. Now the standing water will be at the foot of your home and can be a hazard for anyone walking by.
The nails that hold gutters in can become loose over time, since the snow and ice dislodge them from their drill holes. What you can do to easily replace or just support them is to get a bracket called a hidden hanger. This fits into the inside of your most outward gutter side, and then snugly pushes up against the roof. You can then drill a new hole and screw to tighten up the gutter and pull it close to the roof. It also provides support for the extra weight as snow and ice team up with the wind to eventually rip the gutters off.
Involuntary spinning and blockages
Every modern home needs an HVAC unit. It provides us with cool and warm air whenever we need it and is sometimes better than central heating. It’s a very flexible and advanced machine to have fitted to the outside of your home. However, that in itself leaves it open to being damaged by the wind. Fall winds are merciless, they have been whipped up by the high pressure leaving one side of the planet and the cool air from the ice caps begins to spiral over the country. This means that very sharp winds batter against the home and when you have loose mechanisms like an induction fan of an air conditioning unit, this can cause irreversible harm. The fans of an HVAC are fitted to a motor, and controlled by the software to spin at certain speeds. If the fan is forced to speed up or slow down by the wind, this damages the motors inside.
Even if you cover up the unit, it can still be harmed by rainwater that is blown somehow into it. Water is the formless monster and the wind is the battering ram that allows it to penetrate deep into the machine. Sometimes there is no other way to fix this problem other than calling a 24 Hour AC Repair company. Pick one that has many years of experience and preferably, one that is a specialist who only deals in repairing HVACs. Also if you are in need of urgent repair, utilize the 24-hour response and call-out service they actively provide.
Draught proofing your home
Normally the only way the wind can actually gust through your home is when your windows and doors are not properly sealed. This could be down to many reasons. The worst of all is due to the fact that the windows and doors were not properly designed. They could be inherently crooked and thus require more plastering to fit and be airtight. Another reason could be that the sealant used has been eroding from the outside and eventually tiny holes and gaps burrow into your home due to rainwater being pushed through by the wind. For doors, it could also be the fact that the rubber weather strip at the bottom and or around has been loosened thanks to general wear and tear of the occupants in the home.
If any and all of these cases are relevant to your home, you need to start first with the windows. The windows need to have the current sealant chipped out of them. Once this has been done you will need to smooth down the edges around the window with sandpaper. Then you can apply brand new sealant. You may wish to cover the sealant to stop rainwater from preventing it from drying but it could also take longer to dry anyway. Therefore plan ahead and make sure you have 2 or 3 days of dry weather when you put new sealant in. The door’s strips are next to be pulled out. Strips are made out of rubber and so once these rubber strips bend or simply won’t keep their shape, they have to be replaced. Fitting new strips to your doors is generally an easy task to do. You should use brand new nail holes to fit the new strips onto the door. Fill up the small nail holes left behind by the old strips to prevent the wood from rotting.
Clear the drains
The wind can seem like a very real threat to your home when it crashes into the side. However, it’s most visible damage happens when it picked up dirt, leaves and stones and moves them into a vulnerable area of the home. The drain is a part of the home that is very easily blocked. Leaves and soil from your own garden can cause the drain to clog and suddenly the rainwater from the gutters can no longer filter through and escape. This leaves a giant puddle of water just outside the drain, making it even harder to clear. Therefore you may want to put some bricks around the drain so nothing can fall into it and or be pushed into it by the wind. It’s an easy fix but sometimes it’s the easy ones that work the best.
The autumn and winter seasons are not like the other two. For these, you actually have to prepare your home for and protect it against any damage they can and will cause. The things you do in the fall to protect your home will determine how well your home stands up to the ice and snow in winter also. That’s a total of 6 whole months which you need to prepare for. Get up and start things moving. Preparations can be hampered by the rain, you will need a little bit of time to get everything in place, so don’t wait until it’s too late.