Autumn Home Maintenance Tips

14 2018 Author: Marlene Gray

The days are getting shorter, and this is a clue that summer is slowing slipping away. Autumn is right around the corner. Since the weather is getting cooler, it is important to take care of home repairs that might be hard to handle the cooler weather. In this article, you will find a few tips that address necessary maintenance tasks during autumn.

 

MAINTAINING THE EXTERIOR OF YOUR HOME

Begin with the outside of your home. Look for possible repairs by starting with the roof and working your way down to the ground. If you don’t own a ladder, use a pair of binoculars to determine if the roof has torn or missing shingles. Also, check for other damage such as curling or cracking in the gutters. These are signs that you need a new roof. In addition, determine if there is damage or gaps on the metal flashing located near vents and chimneys. If these things are found, call a roofing professional at your earliest convenience.

 

DOWNSPOUTS & GUTTERS

Once the roof is repaired, clean the downspouts and gutters. They should not have holes or sag. If the gutters or downspouts are loose, secure them so that water and ice can flow in the right direction and not cause further damage to your home.

 

LOCATE DRAFTS

While working your way downward, look for possible holes, cracks and loose strips.

Check windows for gaps, and caulk weather stripping to ensure cold drafts can’t get into your home. These are easy things to fix, and they make the building envelope of your home tighter so that you don’t have to waste money on higher energy bills during the autumn and winter months.

Before you begin inside repairs, take another look at your homes exterior. Inspect your footpath for cracks. Check railings on your porches.

Although these things may not seem important during the summer months they can be very hazardous during winter snow or ice storms. Make the repairs on your own, or call the appropriate professionals to handle them for you.

 

MAINTAINING THE INTERIOR OF YOUR HOME

The first thing you should check inside your home is the boiler. A pro should inspect and clean the connections to ensure proper performance. When heating units are dirty, this wastes energy and money. It can also be dangerous to your health and safety.

 

HEATING OIL

If your heater uses oil, ensure that the oil delivery is made at the same time it is maintained. If this is done early, this ensures that your home is heated properly during the winter months. By scheduling a fuel oil delivery now you may pay reduced prices. Prices increase as the weather gets colder. So, by ordering now, you will save some money.

 

FIREPLACE

If the home has a fireplace, inspect and clean the flue to get rid of excessive creosote because it can cause a fire hazard. Ensure the damper is tightly shut to block drafts when the fireplace isn’t being used.

 

ALARMS

We spend a lot of time on the inside during the winter months, so it is always a good idea to make sure all your fire/ smoke alarms are working, and that they don’t need new batteries.

 

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