Seal with Caulk and Foam-Begin by inspecting your house and look for cracks and places that need sealing or caulking, paying special attention to windows, doors, faucets and dryer vents. Most cracks can be sealed with good quality exterior caul; larger openings will need to be filled with expandable foam.
Gutter Cleaning and Rainwater Flow-Once the leaves have fallen, clean out the gutters and check for any needed repairs. Observe the water flow during a hard rain. Look at where the downspout directs the water and make sure water doesn’t puddle near your foundation. Check the security of all downspouts’ connections to corrugated pipes that divert water away from your house. Get a professional! I use Clear Touch Maintenance (770-761- 8110) but there are many other companies. During your professional gutter cleaning it’s also a good time to ask the technician to replace burned out flood lights.
Check Weather Stripping– If you don’t want your money escaping through your doors and windows, make certain they are tightly sealed. Check that weather stripping is installed and that caulking around windows is not cracked or missing. Damaged stripping should be replaced with stripping of the same size, so take a sample with you to the hardware store. After a visual inspection inside and out, hold a burning candle around the door or window on a day with some wind so see where air is flowing.