Driveway to front walkway view of partial front of residential home during early autumn season.
Tom Baker Driveway to front walkway view of partial front of residential home during early autumn season.

Fall is around the corner, and new homeowners should be taking a few precautions to protect their homes from the elements this fall and winter. Redfin contributor Tim Sistrunk presents four steps new homeowners can take to protect their home from winter weather.

1. Prevent Freezing
Any system outside your home that uses water has the potential to freeze. You can manually drain them to remove any water. When you prevent the water from freezing inside outdoor taps, you also prevent the potential burst pipes that occur. You should also add pipe insulation to any pipes that are exposed to the cold during the winter months.

2. Clean Out the Gutters
The debris you find in the gutters will start to freeze. When this happens, it becomes impossible for water to pass through. So, you will get backlogs of water, which can cause water damage and leaks to appear on your roof.

3. Seal Up Doors and Windows
You don’t want to let the warm air out and the cold air in during winter. But if you have gaps in the caulking that seals your doors and windows in place, this is what will happen. So, you need to make sure that you fill in any gaps before the cold weather really starts to take hold.

4. Inspect the Roof and Fix it Up
Start by carrying out a very simple inspection of the roof and seeing what there is to be fixed up there. If you can see any broken tiles or cracks that could let in water, they need to be fixed up as soon as possible.

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