The leaves are slowly starting to change, the morning air is beginning to have that colder crispness, and the pumpkin spice lattes have already started to make their comeback. This can only mean one thing; Fall is right around the corner! Fall is a great time to start looking at preparing your house for the harsh winter months and make sure everything is in good working order before the cold weather starts.
We have put together a Fall Maintenance Checklist you can use for your home before it starts getting colder. Most of the tasks listed below are within the average homeowner’s ability, although we would recommend hiring a professional for some of the tasks below.
Inspect Gutters and Downspouts
Remove leaves, debris, and dirt from gutters and downspouts to ensure that you can help prevent clogs and water damage. Clogged gutters can lead to water damage and ice dams in the winter months. Ensure that downspouts direct water away from your foundation.
Trim Trees and Bushes
Trim overhanging branches and bushes away from your home. This helps prevent damage from falling limbs and reduces the risk of pests entering your home.
Drain Outdoor Faucets and Hoses
Pay attention to your local weather! Before the first freeze sets in, disconnect hoses and drain outdoor faucets to prevent freezing and bursting. Store hoses in a dry place.
Schedule a Service for Your HVAC Heating System
Before the cold weather arrives, have your heating system inspected and schedule a tune-up with a professional HVAC company. Continue to replace the furnace filter as needed. Change air filters, and make sure the system is in good working order.
Check and Seal Windows and Doors
Inspect the weatherstripping and caulking around windows and doors. Replace or repair any damaged seals to keep your home warm and energy efficient. If your windows, front entry door, or patio doors need to be replaced, now would be a great time to contact New Windows for America to ask for a free in-home estimate to talk about window replacement and door options.
Test Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
This is typically done around daylight savings time, or every 6 months is a good rule of thumb as well. Ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working correctly. Replace batteries, if necessary, no one wants to wake up to that horrid beeping sound at 2:00 in the morning!
Inspect and Clean the Chimney and Fireplace
If you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove, have the chimney inspected by a certified chimney sweep company, and have them clean your fireplace to ensure safe and efficient operation during the colder months.
Inspect Your Siding
Examine your siding for any damage or signs of wear. Repair or replace any damaged sections to prevent water infiltration. If you are unsure what to look for, please contact New Windows for America so we can inspect your house for you. Should you need replacement siding, the team at New Windows for America is a certified LP SmartSide Contractor and a verified Certified Installer, ready to help you with options and a free estimate.
Prepare Emergency Supplies
Get your emergency kit ready and update it if necessary, with flashlights, batteries, canned food, and bottled water.
Although this fall maintenance checklist doesn’t cover everything, by completing some of the maintenance tasks, you can help protect your home from the harsh winter weather, improve energy efficiency, and ensure a safe and comfortable living environment throughout the colder months. By taking preventative action, you can help protect your home from the elements and ensure a safe and comfortable living environment throughout the winter.
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