Fall Home Maintenance Tips
Now that the heat of summer is fading and you are starting to pull out sweatshirts more than shorts, it is time to check on a few things around the house that will make winter more pleasant—and could prevent some unpleasant surprises next spring. Class Act Property Solutions recommends acting on these fall home maintenance tips now before winter officially arrives.
- Tune up your heating system. Regularly replace the filters in your furnace or heating system. For a more in-depth inspection, contact a licensed heating contractor to inspect and service your gas heater or furnace to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Reverse your ceiling fans. This is a simple trick that will pull air up and push air down. Warm air rises, so you want the fans to push the warmer air down in the winter season.
- Check your roof. You can help stop leaks before snow is sitting on your roof. If you notice that shingles are curling, buckling, or cracking, replace them. If you see a lot of damage, it is time to replace the entire roof.
- Caulk around windows and doors. Use a screwdriver to inspect the wood trim around windows, doors, railings, and decks. When you come across holes or cracks, use caulk to fill them. In cases of wood rot, you will need to completely replace the wood.
- Clean the gutters. It is important to make sure all drainage areas on gutters and downspouts are unblocked by leaves and debris. You may want to consider installing gutter-guards to make the job a lot easier.
- Unhook hoses from exterior faucets. To prevent water in exterior faucets and pipes from freezing up and bursting the pipes when the weather gets below freezing, unhook hoses, make sure water has drained from the pipes, and turn off the valves to the exterior faucets.
- Drain the lawn irrigation system. Make sure all water has been drained from the system before the first freeze. Depending on the type of system you have, this may require the assistance of a professional. Contact a professional now to get on their schedule before other customers rush to winterize their systems.
- Mulch leaves when you mow. Did you know that mulching leaves in the yard prevents them from suffocating the grass during the winter and allows the grass to come back healthier and more quickly next season? Rake up, bag, and remove the bulk of the leaves, but do not hesitate to mulch the remaining few.
- Test your sump pump. Check to make sure that your sump pump is discharging water to your yard and not hooked up to the sewer, sink, or drain. Remove the pump to clean and inspect it. Clean out the sump and the pump inlet screen. Check the power cord and make sure the cord is connected to electrical power. Finally, pour a bucket of water into the sump to raise the float and make sure the pump turns on. Reference the owner’s manual for other maintenance or troubleshooting recommendations.
- Clean the chimney. Hire a professional chimney sweep to inspect and clean your chimney. Proper maintenance of your chimney will prevent fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
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