Fall is approaching!

Fall is approaching! It’s such a beautiful time of year with the leaves changing colors and the chrysanthemums in bloom. But the temperature also falls with the leaves, and precipitation tends to increase. Many homeowners may remember to change the batteries in their smoke detectors, and will start stocking up on yard waste bags for raking leaves, but many other important items may be overlooked. These simple items around the house should be checked to ensure that your home is ready for the autumn season. Taking an extra hour this weekend to give your home a quick inspection can potentially save you an unpleasant surprise later in the season. You can perform the following tasks to prepare your house for the changing season.

  • Check your roof for leaks or missing shingles or tiles, and make appropriate repairs.
  • Check for loose or rotten siding, and repair or replace it as needed.
  • See if your chimney needs mason work or sweeping.
  • Make sure your damper is working properly.
  • Consider re-sealing your exposed asphalt and concrete.
  • Ensure that your gutters and downspouts are in good repair and free of leaves. If you don’t have gutter guards, you should check for leaves at least every two weeks until all of the leaves in the area have fallen.
  • Make sure that your doors and windows are properly sealed and weather stripped. You should do this before the temperature gets below 50°F so that the seal will actually stick.
  • Consider storm doors and windows if you don’t already have them.
  • Have your window panes cleaned when the temperature drops, as they may cloud up due to condensation from the falling temperatures.
  • Make sure your garage door is in good repair
  • If your driveway or walks are cracked or are not level, take care of that before the cold weather comes through.
  • Put your patio furniture and barbecue pits in storage.
  • Turn off the water supply to any exterior faucets so that the pipes do not freeze.
  • Install insulation in your attic if you don’t already have it.
  • Schedule an inspection for your heating system.
  • Replace your furnace filters about once a month.
  • If you have window units, store them inside, or cover them tightly with a tarp.
  • Replace smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as needed. If they are more than ten years old, you should consider replacing them even if they seem to be operational.
  • Keep fresh batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.