7 Must Do Fall Maintenance Tips
The air is getting crisper and the leaves are starting to show their beautiful fall colors. Fall is here, which means it is time to prepare your home for winter. Many people think to complete spring cleaning each year, but fall maintenance is often overlooked. There are some important items to add to your to-do list this fall to help protect your house and save you money throughout the winter.
1. Inspect your roof – We know about snow here on the east coast, so this is one step you will not want to skip. Check your roof for shingles that might be loose or damaged. Sealing areas around vents and chimneys can save you from having to deal with a leak and water damage in the middle of winter.
2. Clean your gutters – Skipping this maintenance item can lead to clogged gutters and ice dams during the winter months. When your gutters are clogged with leaves and debris water cannot flow properly out of your gutters. In the winter the water will freeze in your gutters. This ice can build up and either cause your gutters to fall off of your house or to creep up and damage your roof.
3. Don’t forget about your outside entertaining – Once you are finished sitting outside and enjoying the fall weather it’s time to pack up the patio furniture. If possible move your patio items into a garage or shed for the winter to extend their life by protecting them from the snow and ice. If this is not an option for you, buy covers that will keep the snow off of them. Inspect your decks or patios to see if they are in need of repair.
4. Switch out your lawn equipment – After the last mow of the year your lawn mower and any other lawn equipment you use should have the gas drained from it. Then store them away in a shed or garage if possible. Gather together any items that you will need during the winter and put them in an easy to access place. Make sure that your snow blower works. You will appreciate doing this simple maintenance now instead of in the frigid temperatures when you need to use it.
5. Have the chimney cleaned – There is something warm, welcoming, and comforting that only a fireplace can offer on those cold snowy nights. Make sure to protect your home by having your chimney inspected and cleaned before you need to use it.
6. Make an appointment with an HVAC company – Have a professional out to inspect your furnace and inspect your ductwork before you need to turn your furnace on for the year. They can also complete maintenance items for you like changing your furnace filter and cleaning your ductwork. Don’t forget to cover your A/C unit to protect it from the elements.
7. Protect your outside faucets – Don’t be the victim of a burst pipe or ruined sprinkler system. Turn off the water to your outdoor faucets and drain the water from your sprinkler system.
A little time and money spent on preventative maintenance in the fall can save you a lot of time and money in the winter when repairs become urgent.