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Fall Home Maintenance

October 14, 2019

Fall is here! Below is a list of common items that homeowners should check or inspect prior to cold weather.

Maintenance Checks:

  • Lower humidity and cooler temperatures make fall a good time to paint the exterior of your home.

  • Inspect your roof, or hire a licensed professional to examine your roof for wear and tear.

  • Clean gutters and downspouts. Make sure drainage areas are unblocked by leaves and debris. Consider installing gutter guards to make the job a lot easier.

  • Caulk around windows and door frames to prevent heat from escaping as the temperature drops. Small cracks and openings into your home can cause water to get in and freeze, resulting in larger cracks and mold buildup.

  • To prevent exterior water pipes from bursting when the weather gets below freezing, make sure the hoses are removed and all water is drained from the pipes. Wrap water pipes that run along exterior walls.

  • Have your lawn irrigation system professionally drained and winterized to prevent frozen and cracked pipelines and other major issues down the road. 

  • Change the direction of your ceiling fans. Reverse your ceiling fan to create an upward draft that redistributes warm air from the ceiling.

Safety Checks:

  • Check carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms, and put in fresh batteries.

  • Have your wood burning fireplace inspected, cleaned, and repaired to prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.