With more than 280 days of sunshine per year, Reno, Nevada, is blessed with one of the best year-round climates in the country - and locals certainly love to take advantage of it. However, there's one thing Reno locals shouldn't forget about when it comes to prepping for fall: their homes. Here's how you can prepare your house for the upcoming season:
Inspect and clean your gutters and downspouts
Reno may not get quite as much rainfall as other parts of the country, but it's still vital to make sure your gutters and downspouts are clean, clear and in good condition before spring arrives. Clean out any debris, and make sure your gutters and downspouts are sturdy and stable. Then, check your downspout and storm drains to be sure they aren't clogged and will direct rainwater away from your home's basement and foundation.
Check all of the downspouts and drains surrounding your home to make sure water is directed away from your foundation.
Do a whole-house deep clean
Of course, end of summer is a great time to prepare for the chillier months ahead. Tackle your cleaning room by room, making sure to be especially thorough in the highest-volume areas of your home, like your kitchen and bathrooms. Clean all of the fixtures inside and out, and take the time to clear out any debris your appliances, fixtures, drains and disposals may have collected from those summer get-togethers.
Check your outdoor plumbing fixtures
You don’t have to put that hoses away just yet but remember to roll them up and move them indoors before winter comes so you won’t have to deal with the cold damaging your hose. Also, You will want to invest in a insulated pipe cover to attach over your hose faucet. Without this, even in the more mild winters of Reno, cold weather could still affect your pipes.
Examine your sump pump and septic tank
Now's the best time of year to make sure your sump pump and septic tank are working properly. To test your sump pump, pour a couple of buckets of water down it and wait for it to automatically turn on and get to work. You may want to call a local your local Reno Roto-Rooter professional to inspect your septic system and make sure it's still in tip-top shape.