Okay, it’s September, which means the scorching days of summer are about to go away and it is only a few weeks before fall begins in earnest. With fall you know that winter cannot be far behind, and winter brings its own brand of weather problems that could create issues with water damage in your home or business. So while you have some time, why not go ahead and get a jumpstart on winterizing your home and minimizing the chances for water problems to occur. Granted, Florida doesn’t face the same winter problems that you would find in, say, New York, but there are still problems you may face.
For starters, clean out the gutters. A summer of severe storms can leave gutters clogged with leaves and other debris that can affect proper drainage. Clogged gutters can send water draining in all the wrong directions, which may result in water damage to your basement or ground floor level.
Check the roof for signs of damage. Missing or damaged shingles and / or flashing can allow for serious leaks pretty much every time it rains. Make sure your roof is in good condition before the winter season sets in.
Drain the external faucets whenever unusually cold weather is expected. Shut off the interior valves and then make sure all the water in the pipes has drained out as it should.
Caulk it up. Check for drafts around windows and doors and then use caulk to seal these places securely. You’ll be dryer, warmer, and your power bill won’t be quite as painful to look at.
Do some maintenance on your hot water heater by flushing it out to get rid of any sediment that may have built up. Sediment can cause the bottom of the heater to corrode and rust through, resulting in flooding wherever the unit is located.