Fall is in full effect, the leaves are starting to fall, football season is in full swing, and here in the Midwest, that means that winter is right around the corner. While it easy to forget about, there are some things to make sure your home has a smooth transition into winter. Fall is a great time to tie up any loose ends or complete any last minute home improvement projects before winter hits. Here are some quick and easy things you can do to ensure your home is ready for the upcoming winter.
– Clean out the gutters. This one may be obvious, but one of the simplest and best things you can do for the health of your home is to clean out your gutters once all of the leaves have fallen. Doing this in the fall will keep water and ice from jamming up your drainage system. Allowing a clean and easy route to direct water away from your house is key to keeping water out of your basement.
– Fix any cracks in your driveway or sidewalk, and level out any uneven concrete slabs. Everyone knows that when water freezes it expands. When your concrete is cracked or uneven, having water get into those cracks or under those slabs and freeze will only exacerbate the problem, potentially meaning a costlier repair. Sealing up any concrete cracks now and leveling any concrete will save you more headache in the future.
– Address street creep. Street creep is the phenomenon that occurs as a result of nature’s effect on concrete slabs and joints. The big concern going into winter is the effect of thermal expansion and contraction. Changes in temperature literally cause your concrete slabs to move towards and away from your home. This is especially common in the winter. By adding a buffer of wood, rubber, or other material in between two slabs of concrete, it will absorb the force of the moving concrete, instead of directing it into your foundation.
If fixing cracked or uneven concrete, foundation repair, or street creep repair is on your radar this fall, give the experts at Epp concrete a call for your free estimate.