It's that time again,
With winter around the corner, there are a few things that are to done to keep your home running smoothly and to ward off expensive repairs. A few small fixes detected and done early can make a big difference to repair bills later on.
As we start getting ready for the colder months, I have included a Fall Maintenance checklist to help prepare your home and potentially ward off expensive repairs down the road.
Tip #1: Say Goodbye To The Mower And Hello To The Snow Blower
- Be sure to either empty out the gas in the mower's tank before storing away for the winter, as the fuel will deteriorate over time and may cause damage to the internal parts of the mower’s engine.
Tip #2: Hose No More!
- Soon the frost and snow will be setting in, which means the good ‘ol hose will be out of commission for the season. Before you put it away ensure that you have removed the garden hoses from the outdoor faucets, to ensure that water doesn’t back up, freeze and crack! Also, turn off any shutoff valves on the water supply lines that lead to exterior faucets to avoid any leaks.
Tip 3: Sprinkler System Survival
- To guard against burst pipes and damaged sprinkler systems, make sure you drain your irrigation system, even if it is buried. If you are unsure on how to do this or do not have drain valves you can hire an irrigation expert to ensure this important step is done right.
Tip 4: Seal Those Pesky Leaks
- If you have a knack for DIY fixes, then this tip will be right up your alley. Grab some caulk from your local hardware store and walk around the exterior of you home, sealing up any cracks between the siding and trim, window and doorframes, entryways for pipes etc. All this will help prevent moisture from getting inside of your walls during these cold wet months.
Tip 5: Clean Your Gutters
- after all the leaves have fallen, make sure you clean your gutters and remove any debris that has collected. This is an easy way to ensure that your rain gutters do not get clogged, which in the winter time if left unattended can cause ice dams which are a very pricey problem to fix!
Tip 6: Raid The Roof
- Make sure you inspect your roof before all the snow comes pilling down. Look for warning signs such as cracked or missing shingles… those need to be replaced immediately.
Tip 7: Direct Drainage Away From Your Home
- Take a took to see if the soil around the foundation of your home is sloping away from your house. This helps to ensure that water is contained away from your foundation, helping to avoid cracks and leaks.
Tip #8: Furnace Maintenance
- This tip requires a helping hand unless you are an expert in heating and cooling systems. Hire a local pro to do a bi-annual checkup to make sure everything is working and is up to date with your furnace. Also get them to change your furnace filters (which should be done every 2 months) .
Tip #9: Plant Pruning
- Get your plants and trees pruned. This is a cautionary tip, especially when the wind gusts get stronger, you want to make sure that no branches or trees are going to be coming down with it.
Tip #10: Fire up The Fireplace
- It is fair to assume that you haven’t used your fireplace since last year…. So before you use it for this upcoming winter make sure that everything is working right! Ensure that the damper opens and closes properly and that nothing is getting stuck in its way… such as bird nests, and last years Santa!
Now you are all set to get winter ready…. On Your Marks, Get Set, GO!
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