Fall Home Maintenance Tips
I’m all about preventative maintenance, keeping things tuned up, cleaned up and fixed up to avoid costly repairs. And it seems that there are certain times of the year that are more conducive to perform those maintenance tasks. Obviously spring is a great time, and fall is another time that seems like a natural.
In the spring it’s easier to perform those maintenance tasks, the days are getting longer and the air is getting warmer, and if all your jobs don’t get accomplished in the spring, you can still work on the during them summer. Whereas in the fall, just the opposite is happening, the air is cooler, the days are shorter and you’re running out of good weather to perform those outdoor jobs.
I would recommend that the earlier in the fall you begin, the better, in fact you should probably start preparing as early as September before winter weather.
Fall Maintenance for the Exterior of Your Home:
- Because your roof is your home’s first point of defense and because roofing is my business, that would be at the top of my list. Either hire a professional or carefully get up on your roof and check for shingles that are cracked, blistered or missing. Check around your skylights, vents, chimney and pipes to make sure the flashing is all in tact and in good condition. If you find too much damage to your roof, it’s not too late in the season to get it either repaired or replaced. Remember, a leaky or faulty roof can mean costly repairs if left unattended to.
- Along with your roof, your gutters and downspouts need to be checked for cracks or areas that might be pulling away from the house. Make sure they drain properly by cleaning out all debris that has collected over the last few months. Having gutter guards installed is a great way to eliminate some of the work.
- Prevent plumbing issues during the winter by turning off exterior valves and draining out any remaining water. You can all cover your outdoor faucets with styrofoam bibs to keep them from freezing and bursting. Also drain all of your garden hoses and store inside to prevent them from freezing and cracking.
- Your windows are one of your biggest potential causes of heat leaking out and cold leaking in. Check the caulking around them and redo if any is missing, cracked or have gaps.
- Check and replace the weatherstripping around your “human” doors and your garage doors if necessary…this is another great place to lose heat.
- Don’t forget to have your chimney inspected and cleaned if necessary…you’ll be using the fireplace on those cold days and evenings, and you don’t need the threat of a chimney fire.
- Prepare your home against little varmints that only need a small space to creep into your home and build their winter nest. Look around your home for small openings and vents, especially near the attic that need to be closed up or repaired.
You don’t need to complete all these tasks in one weekend, that’s why it’s a good idea to start early and do a few every week. Then you can rest assured that your home is ready to defend you and your family from winter winds.
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