Fall Maintenance Tips for Your Home
Watching the leaves change and enjoying cooler weather are great, but fall is also a good time for home maintenance. Autumns can be enjoyable, but the winter typically brings extremely cold temperatures and lots of snow and ice. One of the most important fall home maintenance tips is to plan ahead.
Here are some tips for some basic maintenance to get ready for the changing of the season and to ensure your home is in shape for the winter.
CLEAN THE GUTTERS
We all know what happens in the fall—our yards become filled with leaves. While that’s one of the first things most homeowners will clean up, you can’t forget about cleaning your gutters. Before winter comes, it’s important that you clean out your gutters and inspect them to ensure they’re draining properly and away from walkways and driveways.
INSPECT YOUR ROOF
There’s nothing worse than finding damaged shingles or a leaky roof during the winter season. During the fall, you should check your roof to ensure there are no problems. If you find cracks or damage, you should call a professional as soon as possible to get it fixed.
DRAIN ALL OUTDOOR FAUCETS
Before the first freeze, you should make sure there is no water in any of your faucets or hoses. While you’re at it, you could also bring your hoses inside from the cold to help extend their life.
COVER YOUR OUTDOOR FURNITURE
If you have any outdoor furniture, you have two choices—cover it or bring it inside. Most homeowners may not have the extra space to store their furniture, so covering it is likely the most viable option.
CLEAN YOUR DRYER VENT
Make sure the dryer vents are clean. Static electricity can build up in the cold, dry months, and can cause the dryer lint to catch fire.
INSPECT YOUR DRIVEWAY AND WALKWAYS
Review the condition of your driveway and any walkways. If you notice cracks, you should seal them to prevent more damage from winter snow and ice.
CHANGE YOUR FILTERS
Before you turn on your furnace, you should make sure it’s running efficiently and each fall, you should change your furnace’s air filter.
CHECK FOR DRAFTS
While you check the heating system, you should also check around the house for any drafts. You can caulk windows, replace weather stripping around doors, and do all you can to improve your heating efficiency to keep your costs down throughout the winter. Because our winters can often be harsh, even new constructed homes should be checked for drafts in the fall for the upcoming winter months of cold weather.
CHANGE THE BATTERIES IN SMOKE DETECTORS
Before winter comes, it’s best to change the batteries on all your detectors to be safe. Once you’ve changed the batteries, check them all with the test button to ensure they’re working properly.
CHECK DECK AND PORCH
Loose or warped boards are hazardous. Check all outdoor stairs and railings for stability. Damaged walkways, driveways or steps can be dangerous when the weather turns icy. Fix problems now so you can prevent expensive bills later.
We all know how harsh our winters can be and, by following just a few maintenance chores can save you money while keeping your home in good repair.
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