As the fall season nears, protecting our homes from the cooler weather is an important step in home ownership. With the fall and winter comes more rain and cooler temperatures. Here are 8 maintenance tips that can be completed over the weekend. These tasks will prepare your home for the change of season as well as reduce the chance of needing a major repair.
- Heating System Tune up. For a minimal charge of $80-$100 an HVAC contractor can check your heating system to ensure optimal performance and discover minor problems before they turn into costly major repairs. It is also a great time to change your furnace filter. You may want to consider getting your ducts cleaned as well.
- Roof and Gutters. Gutters clogged with leaves can quickly damage a homes foundation. Clean gutters and make sure they drain completely. Also consider walking the roof to look for leaks or damaged shingles. Only do these tasks if you are comfortable on ladders and working on the roof, otherwise hire a professional.
- Caulking and Paint. Fall is a great time to check for cracked or damaged caulk around your windows and doors. Moisture can quickly leak into these cracks and reek havoc. Any chipped or damaged paint should be scraped, primed, and repainted.
- Downspout Extensions. Make sure your downspouts are extended to move water 4-5 Feet away from the foundation. This is an important step any time but especially the fall and spring as this tends to be the wettest part of the year.
- Trim Landscaping. Trim your bushes and shrubs so they are 1 foot away from the surface of the home. This allows for proper air flow and lets the area dry out. Also clean any leaves and debris from around the foundation.
- Disconnect Water Hose. This will help prevent your water line to the hose from freezing.
- Chimney. Great time of year to call a qualified chimney sweep to clean and inspect your chimney. This could prevent a dangerous and costly repair. Do not light your fireplace without an annual inspection to ensure your safety.
- Crawl Space. We tend to forget about the crawlspace because we hate getting in there. This time of year is a great time to get in the crawl space to make sure there is no trouble. Check your vapor barrier, sump pumps, look for water or insect damage.
Fall is a great time for an annual home inspection. Look to New Start Inspections to inspect your home this fall. We want to help you protect your home as it is your greatest investment.
As the weather turns dangerously cold in my neck of the woods, there are some very important things to consider and remember. What if the power goes out. What if you cannot leave the house for days. It is important to be prepared and keep these tips in mind to keep you and your family safe during this cold weather.
1- Set fan on furnace to “on” to circulate air.
2- Pull all curtains and blinds shut in order to keep heat in.
3- Close doors to rooms that are not used, as long as there is not plumbing in them.
5- Make sure heating vents are not covered by furniture etc.
6- Check propane tank to make sure you have plenty of gas, this includes propane grills as you can cook if power loss occurs.
7-Leave cabinet doors under kitchen and bathroom sinks open in extreme cold to help prevent frozen pipes.
8- Avoid overloading electrical circuits with electric heaters, we recommend infrared heaters as they are not a fire hazard .
9- Be careful with fireplaces that haven’t been used or chimneys that have not been cleaned.
10- Make sure your heating equipment has been serviced annually.
11- Block off unused fireplaces, because they can suck the heat out.
12- Stay in contact with family and friends.
13- Set up a plan for shelter if you were to lose power.
14- If you have a generator, make sure it runs and that you have gas.
15- Make sure your cars and trucks are fully fueled.
16- Check on elderly as it is difficult for them during harsh weather
Stay safe and warm during this winter. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me anytime at:
New Start Inspections Corp