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4 Tips for Fall Maintenance on Your Home

September 27th, 2015 by gtowsley Leave a reply »

 

fall maintenance for your homeFall is finally here! There is a noticeable difference in the breeze, the lighting is softer, nights are cooling off, leaves are changing color, and every where we look there is pumpkin flavored something! Fall is one of our favorite times of year! Things start winding down as summer comes to a close and life seems to go back to normal. With all this in mind its important to consider your household maintenance. Before the weather really takes a turn and father freeze sets in, its important to make sure you home is prepared. Fall makes for the perfect time to do a little maintenance on your home. You will want to get a jump on maintenance on your home before the holidays as that is a busy time of year for everyone! By performing routine maintenance on your home winter will be a breeze, and we don’t mean literally!

 

#1 Clean Your Gutters

One of the most important things you can do as far as maintenance on your home goes is clean out your gutters. Gutters, you know those metal or plastic things along the perimeter of your roof?! Here in Southern CA they don’t really mean a whole lot, but to the rest of the country you know exactly what we are talking about. Gutters serve to deter rain water away from the foundation of your home. Over time your gutters collect debris that can prevent proper determent of rain water and in colder climates cause ice dams. In early fall before inclement weather sets in clean and inspect your gutters and downspouts as part of your routine maintenance on your home. Its a small chore that can prevent expensive repairs in the future.

 

#2 Caulk Windows

Another important thing you can do for maintenance on your home is to caulk your windows. An improperly sealed home is one of the largest culprits in high energy costs during the colder months. To keep your home comfortable, and save you money on heating costs check all the sealants around windows and door jams. Its a small task but can really make a huge difference in your energy consumption during winter.

 

#3 Have Your Heating Unit Inspected

One major system of a home often goes unnoticed until something goes wrong; your heating unit. Its important to inspect or hire a professional to inspect your heating unit in early fall as part of your routine maintenance on your home. Vents, fall maintenance for your homeducts, tubing all need to be inspected/ cleaned/ replaced etc… You heating unit should also be checked for leaks if it is a gas unit. If you know you are going to be using the fire place a lot, have someone inspect and clean your chimney shoot. By performing this maintenance on your home you will increase the chances that you and your loved ones will stay comfortable and safe all winter long.

 

#4 Insulate Your Plumbing Pipes

If you have any exposed plumbing pipes its important to make sure you have them properly insulted. This is really important for your maintenance on your home, as plumbing systems are also often forgotten about until you have a major plumbing problem, like frozen pipes! By insulating your pipes you help protect them from freezing during the colder months, which will save you money and stress by preventing a major plumbing disaster.

 

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