It is that time of year again…time to enjoy the cooler temperatures, cozy sweaters, leaves changing and the start of college basketball.  It is also time to perform some routine Fall Maintenance on your home to help protect your home from water damage and the colder winter months ahead.  Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • have your furnace and chimneys inspected by qualified technicians
  • keep lawn and power equipment along with flammable materials away from water heaters
  • insulate water pipes in areas exposed to colder temperatures
  • clean your gutters–clogged gutters can trap moisture and cause damage to your roofs
  • check for missing or cracked shingles on your roof
  • clean your clothes dryer exhaust ducts
  • change the battery in your smoke detector and change out any smoke detectors that are over 10 years old
  • check your basement and sump pump if your basement periodically gets wet–a sealant may be needed if water comes in around the brick

It is also a good time to take a look under your home.  With all the rain we received over the last few months, there is a chance some of the moisture made it into your crawl space. Check your crawl space for any standing water or areas that the vapor liner has left exposed.  While you are there, take a look at the exposed wood under your home for any possible mold growth.  If you see anything suspicious, please give PHC Restoration a call at 919-834-6523.  We would hate for a little mold problem to turn into a big mold problem.