Whether we like it or not, Fall is here. As are the associated chilly temperatures. Now is the time to get your home winter ready and in tip top shape to withstand, what is rumored to possible be, a worse winter than last year!! Below is a lit of suggest fall maintenance items
On the Exterior
– Clean Gutters and Downspouts
– Check for missing or loose shingles and secure where needed
– Insulate, Caulk, and Weatherstrip all windows and doors where needed
– Mulch the Fall leaves to blanket flower beds and compost piles
– Split perenials and plant your spring bulbs
– Trim and Prune Bushes and tree’s for healthy spring growth
– Mice begin nesting in September, block off any holes they could access your house/garage/shed
– Have sprinkler System Winterized
– Remove hoses from exterior faucets, turn off interior shut offs, and drain
– Stock up on Winter Storm Supplies and bring them inside or near the house where they will be easily accessible
– Check attic ridge vents to make sure they are free of debris and blockage to prevent ice dams on the roof
On the Interior
– Clean dust from dryer vent, a/c, stove hood, room fans, baseboard heaters and cold air returns
– Have fireplace flue & lines cleaned
– Check attic insulation and make sure vents aren’t blocked from the inside
– Finished any touch up paint projects while its still warm enough to open windows
– Test all smoke and carbon detectors, replace batteries where needed
– Test emergency generator system
– Caulk and weatherstrip around doors windows and holes where needed
– Reverse ceiling fans to spin clockwise once you start running the furnace for maximum efficiency
– If you will be leaving for any extended period of time, you should have you house winterized.
If there is a power outage in the middle of winter, it could take only a day for your pipes to freeze solid,
The cost of winterizing your home pales in comparison to the damage that would be done from frozen pipes.
This is a list of suggest home maintenance items and is not intended to be the only maintenance items you should consider. You should consult with a licensed contractor to ensure the best plan for your home, and never attempt home repairs that should otherwise be completed by a professional.
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