Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Colorado Deck Drain Experts. This is part two of our blog series about the top fall home maintenance projects to take on this year. In our first blog, we covered maintaining your HVAC system, especially your furnace and ensuring that all gutters are cleared of leaves and are in good condition. Keep reading to learn more and give Colorado Deck Drain Experts a call if you have any questions.

Windows, Doors, And Ductwork

It’s important to remember that your heating and cooling systems aren’t the only things in control of your home’s energy efficiency and comfort. Your windows and doors also play a major role in this process. Windows and doors should be thoroughly inspected for airtightness and to ensure that no conditioned air is escaping your home. Although windows and doors may look like they’re in perfectly good condition, looks may be deceiving. Even a small amount of air leaking out of your windows could result in a huge spike in energy costs. So how can you fix this issue?

Airtightness is commonly tested with something called a blower door. This device is put in place of your door to test the airflow between different rooms. A professional home inspector will be able to tell you whether the readings are good or bad and if there are problems, they’ll direct you to ways to fix it. This will put you in a much better position with your home’s energy efficiency meaning your HVAC system won’t have to work so hard.

Plumbing

Your plumbing system is another thing to take into consideration when fall comes around. If you’re already calling a home inspector to check your home’s airtightness and energy efficiency, you should also have them check your pipes to ensure they’re in good condition and are insulated properly. They’ll also check to ensure that your plumbing meets compliance with state codes. There’s nothing worse than having to deal with a burst pipe during some of the coldest months of the year.

Deck Drain System Installation

Believe it or not, fall is one of the best times of year to look into getting a deck drainage system installed on your upper deck. The weather is starting to cool down a bit but we’re still a ways out from seeing any major snow storms. Under deck drainage systems work to catch rainwater or melted snow or ice before it reaches the under deck area, then move it away from the home. What this means for you is that your under deck patio will remain dry all year long. You can then use this area to store your outdoor furniture or to enjoy the great outdoors all year long without having to worry about getting wet! If you’d like more information about how our deck drain systems are installed or you would like a free estimate, give us a call today!