Clean your rain gutters at least twice a year. Otherwise, debris like leaves and twigs can clog up your gutter system, causing potential harm to your house and landscaping — not to mention the gutters themselves. Here’s how to identify and fix a clogged gutter.
Assess Drafty Doors
For around $4 a roll at your local hardware store, foam weather stripping is inexpensive and easy to apply. Check the weather stripping around each exterior door every year to make sure that it’s still intact, replacing pieces that are worn out, torn, or missing. Choose the size of your weather stripping wisely, and stick up a test strip before outfitting the whole doorframe. The seal around your door should be snug—the door should just close, with a gentle push to lock—but not tight, such that you need to shoulder it closed. Also consider adding a simple rubber door sweep or an old-school door snake across your threshold, which will eliminate chilly drafts. Don’t forget about interior doors that lead to unheated spaces, as well—think attic doors, crawl spaces, and basements. Read more
Event though is doesn’t snow much in Chattanooga, winter’s colder, wetter weather can be hard on your home. It can also be hard on your wallet thanks to higher energy bills. But if you start now, you’ll have plenty of time for all the fall maintenance and home improvement tasks needed to keep your house safe and snug during the cold months ahead. Read more