Each season your home goes through changes in temperatures, weather conditions, aging and human abuse! In order to keep all the components of your home running smoothly, and to avoid costly repairs later, it’s helpful to conduct seasonal maintenance each season. Here are a few helpful tips to save money and get a jump on the fall season:
Examine your roof/gutters/downspouts for debris: your roof is often forgotten about because it is not at eye level to give you a subtle reminder every time you walk past it. Clear leaves, dirt and pine needles from gutters and examine downspouts for damage or loose pieces. Check the flashing around your chimney and any openings in the roof, such as skylights for leaking problems.
Examine the grounds of your property: before the grass is covered with the dreaded snow, or it is too cold to venture outside, check walkways for cracks and loose paving materials. Fix walkways and entryways before slippery weather can cause accidents.
Change the filters in your home: if you have a central air conditioning system, change the air filter regularly. If you have a window air conditioning unit, remove from the window or place a waterproof cover over it to prevent damage. Change filters in stove vents, clothes dryers and room fans if applicable. Clean air filters will keep your family healthier in the fall months.
Have leaky faucets? Repair them now: before the temperatures start to dip low, examine leaky faucets in the kitchen, bathrooms and utility room. Most likely the time and money spent now to fix will be less than a broken pipe in the dead of winter.
Prepare your fireplace: for some homeowners they use their fireplace more than their central heater in the fall and winter months. If your fireplace isn’t gas, make sure you discard any old ashes and ensure the damper is open to allow air to freely move through the chimney. If the air is becoming cold, close the back of the damper after you have cleaned it. Check the damper handle and springs to ensure the flue is operating correctly.
Drain your hot water heater: if you live in an area with hard water that has extra amounts of sediments, you could see a build up of these sediments in your tank. Now is a perfect time to drain and make sure rust is not developing in your tank. If your hot water heater is old or rusting consider a new one that will be more cost effective and energy efficient.
Check windows and doors for drafts: the majority of conditioned air in your home is lost through the windows and doors. Go through your home and open windows to ensure the seal and caulking around the window frame is in good condition. Think about adding heavier drapery around windows that are extra drafty to help block some air infiltration.
Clean and store seasonal outdoor furniture: once you have taken your last plunge in the pool or had your last summer party, power wash outdoor furniture and cushions. Once dry, store cushions in a dry area to prevent cracking and fading over the fall and winter months. Once spring comes along next year, you will be happy that you stored them and they’re ready for use!
Have your garden power tools serviced: once your grass begins to enter the dormant stage, take your lawnmower, trimmer and other tools to get their blades sharpened and fluids recapped off. If you’re in the market for new garden power tools, buy now when the season is almost over…you will find great deals.
Take care of your irrigation/lawn needs: depending on where you live, the climate for your lawn and its irrigation system may need to be checked. Consider having an irrigation company fix broken heads before the cold weather sets in. If you want to prevent spring weeds and winter lawn damage, don’t forget to fertilize. Visit your local garden center to find out information on what type of fertilizer to use and when to spread it.
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