Have you noticed the shorter days and the chillier mornings? Now that Fall is slipping in, it’s the perfect time to get your home in shape before Winter is upon us.
Sealing Gaps: Caulk and seal around exterior doors, window frames and siding.
Roof: Check the roof for missing or damaged shingles to prevent water damage. Although you should always have a qualified professional inspect and repair the roof, you can do a preliminary survey safely from the ground using binoculars or use an extending pole with mirror.
Gutters: Clean out gutters and eaves disposing of leaves, sticks, and other debris. If you have leaf guards, you’re ahead of the game. Check your gutter and downspouts for damage or wear, and make any needed repairs so water flows away from your home.
Hose: In climates with freezing weather, shut off outdoor faucets and make sure exterior pipes are drained of water. cover the faucet with a foam cup to protect it from cold air. Faucets and pipes can freeze and burst, causing leaks and potentially serious water damage.
Crawl Space Vents: These vents allow outside air to circulate under the floor in summer to prevent the moisture buildup that encourages mildew and rot. In winter, when the air is drier, the vents are closed to reduce the chance that the pipes in the crawl space might freeze or keep out unwanted critters looking for a cozy place to nest.
Furnace: Have the furnace inspected to ensure it’s safe and in good working order. Most utility companies will provide basic inspections at no charge, but there can often be a long waiting list come fall and winter. Changing your filter regularly will help the furnace run more efficiently, saving you money and energy.
Fireplace: If you enjoy the crackle of a wood-burning fireplace on a chilly fall evening, have the firebox and chimney professionally cleaned before lighting a fire this season. Creosote, a byproduct of wood burning, can build up to dangerous levels and cause a serious chimney fire if not removed. For gas fireplaces, follow manufacturer instructions for maintenance.
Here’s to another delightful season!