Summer is winding down, and cooler temperatures are ahead of us. While most places around the country have to deal with ice and snow, which requires a lot of prep work from homeowners, upstate South Carolina does not have those issues. However, there are some things you should do to your home to prepare for the colder temperatures.

Luckily, since there is not too much to do, you can get most of these done in a day and still have time to enjoy some fishing on Lake Hartwell in the afternoon.

Clean Your Gutters

Keeping your gutters clean is crucial to keeping water away from your home in the event of a storm. If your gutters aren’t cleaned, any rainwater or leaves sitting in them could become clogged.

In the extremely rare chance of freezing temperatures or snow, any debris in your gutters could freeze. The added weight could cause the gutters to sag or pull away from your home, leading to big problems. Another risk of dirty gutters is mildew or mold growing which can be a health hazard.

Check Your Smoke Detectors

There are more house fires in winter than in any other season. Holiday decorations, space heaters, and cooking are the main culprits for the increase in house fires during the winter months. This is why before winter arrives, you need to go around your house to make sure the smoke detectors are working correctly. You should replace the batteries every year and test your smoke detectors. It may seem like overkill to do this every year, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Redo Door Weather Stripping

Before the cooler weather gets here, you’ll want to go around your lake house and replace door sweeps and weather stripping as necessary. This will keep the cold air out of your house this winter, and bugs won’t be able to sneak in either.

The process is straightforward and shouldn’t take you very long. You should have this finished up with plenty of time left in the day for a boat ride on the lake.

Reseal Your Deck

Keeping your deck in good condition is a must for your lake house. As long as there is no rain in the forecast, fall can be the perfect time to reseal your deck. This project will take a bit longer than the others. You should plan on two days from start to finish.

You’ll want to first power wash your deck and then sand away any rough spots or imperfections. You’ll then apply the sealer or stain and allow it to dry for 48 hours. Easy!

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