10 Fall Time Maintenance Tips for the Home

Where did the time go? Summer cruised right by and most kids are back to school. That’s the good news, I guess. This is the time of year to start getting your home ready for the fall and of course the dreaded winter.

Things you should check now while the weather is still nice;

  1. Make sure no debris is blocking downspouts. You do not want standing water close to the house as this could cause structural damage that can lead to major repairs.
  2. Check for any broken branches hanging from trees and have them removed unless you feel you can handle the task at hand.
  3. Check for new cracks forming in the driveway and walk ways. Surface cracks are common and some do not require repairs. Just make sure when you walk over any area where cracks are visible that the surface is steady.
  4. Check seals around doorways and windows. If you see any separation or seals that look cracked and or dried out, it’s time to replace. This is important to keep utility costs down by eliminating drafts around windows and doors. It will also keep the bugs out as well.
  5. Get your fireplace ready by removing old ashes and make sure the damper is open to allow air to freely move through the chimney.  If it gets too cold, close the damper. Check to see if the flue is operating correctly. Hire a professional chimney sweep if needed.
  6. Check for leaky faucets and downspouts before the cold weather starts. Fixing a leaky faucet now will cost a lot less than the cost of a ruptured pipe in the dead of winter.
  7. Power wash lawn furniture and cushions and store them in a dry place to avoid rot and weathering.
  8. If you have a lawn sprinkler system make sure to have your irrigation service company check and fix broken heads before the cold weather gets here.
  9. If you have central air condition, make sure to cover your A.C. unit to protect it from weathering. You want to also clear away and or cut back any shrubs and remove any debris around the unit.
  10.  Don’t forget to fertilize in the fall! This will prevent weeds in the spring and prevent lawn damage during the winter.
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