Home Maintenance should be completed every season to prevent damage, save energy, and keep your home running properly. Your fall and winter tasks especially in cold climates are most important because they can help prevent costly damage to your home down the road.
Here are a few ideas to help you create your maintenance list.
Clean your Gutters
While most homeowners put covers over their gutters this only keeps the leaves out, fine organic matter and grit from your roof can still get inside and that is why it is a good idea to take those covers off and clean them.
Homeowners, if you don’t have covers you may experience clogged gutters which are a major cause of ice dams, so make sure to run water through them and get all that debris out. Also, inspect and tighten any lose joints and identify and replace old and broken gutters.
Check you Roof and Chimney
Inspect your roof. Are your shingles in good condition? Are any missing? If so, replace and repair. Also, look for dips or sags, this could indicate a problem with the structure underneath. If your roof is on the older side a roof inspection by a licensed contractor should be scheduled.
Creosote buildup can lead to a chimney fire, so get your fireplace and chimney cleaned before you decide to use it for the winter.
Cleaning up Outside
Do a visual inspection of your yard. Identify branches and hedges that need trimming and trim, put away garden tools, hoses and patio furniture that might be damaged from the cold weather, and sprinkle the lawn with fertilizer and reseed. Run your lawnmower or any other equipment that has gas till it is empty. Leaving the gas in the tank can degrade the gas and worse, water could condense inside and cause rust and irreversible damage.
Also, water should not be left in any exterior hoses or pipes as they could freeze and cause a burst. If your faucets aren’t self draining , turn them off manually at the shut off value inside the house. If you have a water irrigation system call your technician and have him come out and winterize the system.
Examine your pool cover for damage and replace if needed, check your drive way for cracks and seal, and lastly make sure you have winter supplies such as ice melt close at hand.
Fans are often forgotten, but simply reversing the direction to create an updraft that redistributes warm air from the ceiling can save money in heating cost.
Replace your air filters and the wicks on your humidifier, schedule a furnace tune-up and don’t forget to insulate the attic stairs. Attic stairs cause a significant heating loss so investing in an insulating cover or creating your own foam box is a good idea.
This is also the time to go around and check and replace your smoke detectors and carbon dioxide batteries.