1 . Maintain your trees & shrubs
Maintaining your property will help you to create a safe and healthy space, to improve your home today, check out these five home maintenance chores for the fall.
As the summer comes to a close now is a great time to prune your shrubs and trees outside. You can prune your trees yourself, or hire an arborist to help you with this. Pruning a tree will prevent falling branches, which can be a hazard. Pruning is also important to keep a tree healthy. If you’re pruning a tree yourself, you can use the following steps:
- You’ll need protective gloves, you might also want to protect your head and eyes.
- If you’re cutting a stem, start above the healthy bud.
- If you can cut a branch or bud that faces outward, (this will avoid branches rubbing together).
- The cut should be around ¼ inch higher than the bud, if you cut too close this may damage the tree.
- Clean out your gutters
As we move into fall it’s a good idea to clean out your gutters, doing so can help to protect your home from water damage. If gutters are clogged up with debris then the rain water won’t drain away sufficiently. If water overflows here you may end up with leaks in your roof.
If your gutters are full of leaves and debris you might also find the pests make a home here! Maintaining your home will help you to keep the pests at bay.
- Seal up gaps
When the weather turns colder it’s important to seal up any gaps. Mice can get through a tiny gap, so you could end up with an infestation. You’ll probably be able to seal small gaps yourself using caulk or a spray foam. Once you’ve fixed all the gaps you won’t need to worry about pesky critters entering your home.
- Protect your pipes
Before the weather turns cold you’ll want to prevent your pipes from freezing. To prevent freezing pipes you can purchase some sponge covers, and wrap these around your pipes. It’s also a good idea to insulate your water tanks. When you go out, make sure that you set your thermostat to at least 13-15C. Another thing you can do is to open the loft hatches and your cabinets.
- Protect your house from mold
No one wants mold growing in the home, it’s unsightly and can cause adverse health effects. To prevent mold from growing, there are a few things that you can do:
- You can use dehumidifiers to maintain the correct humidity levels.
- Try mold cleaners in your bathroom, bleach will also do the trick.
- Before painting your walls, apply mold inhibitors.
- Check your pipes and fittings for leaks.
- Contact a company that specializes in mold removal.
These five chores will help you to maintain your home and create a desirable living space. Whether it’s pruning trees or removing mold there are lots of ways to get ready for the fall.