Don’t Forget to check your windows and doors on your free fall home maintenance!
Checking off a few things Off your 2019 Free Pro Fall Home Maintenance Checklist around the house this month can save homeowners major expense in the spring, according to Rick Felton, President of Home-service Club of Canada.
First of all, let me explain as to why we are a big fan of PM and why we offer this to our clients…
“By doing a little preventative maintenance (PM) now. You can prevent minor problems from escalating into a major headache in the spring,” Felton said. “Minor repairs done now can prevent air and moisture penetration.
And from attacking the structural integrity of your home down the road,” he added. Cleaning the eaves troughs in the fall, for example, can prevent ice damming in the winter.
Where moisture is forced up under the roof’s shingles, during winter’s freeze-thaw cycles. “Our roofing contractors are always busy in the spring. Fixing damage and leaks that have occurred because of ice damming,” Felton added.
Our Fall Home Maintenance Checklist contains following tasks…
Fall Home Maintenance Checklist – Interior
- Tune up your heating system.
For about $80 to $100, a service technician will inspect your heater or heat pump to be sure the system is clean and in good repair work, which it can achieve its manufacturer-rated effectiveness.
The inspection also measures carbon-monoxide leakage. And if you act soon, you’ll lessen the possibility of being 99th in line for repair work on the coldest day of the year.
Search for a heating and air-conditioning specialist that comes from the Air Conditioning Contractors of America and utilizes qualified technicians.
- Reverse your ceiling fans.
If your ceiling fan has a reverse switch, utilize it to run the fan’s blades in a clockwise direction after you turn on your heat. Energy Star states the fan will produce an updraft and lower into the room heated air from the ceiling (remember, hot air increases).
This is specifically valuable in spaces with high ceilings– and it may even allow you to deny your thermostat by a degree or 2 for greater energy cost savings.
- Check your sump pump.
Slowly pour numerous gallons of water into the sump pit to see whether the pump switches on. You ought to do this every couple of months, however particularly after a long dry season or before a rainy one.
For more total directions for screening and upkeep, inspect your owner’s handbook. The majority of sump pumps last about 10 years, according to my Plumbing Supplier.
Safety Tip Don’t forget to burn a ” Pine Mountain Creosote Buster Chimney Cleaning Safety Firelog ” to clean out last years settled Creosote out of your Chimney!
- Check for blockage of attic
Louvers by wasp’s nests and put sheet metal, wire screen or wood over any openings, including under the eaves, to prevent animals from nesting.
- Remove and store your window air conditioner.
Make sure to clean the coils and filters and cover loosely for the winter. If you are leaving the air conditioner in the window, put a weather-proof cover over it to protect it during the winter.
Check doors and windows for proper caulking and weather-stripping.
Do the draft test: hold a lit candle and run it along the seams of doors and windows. A flickering flame means your heating dollars are going out the window. Check the bottoms of doors for a snug threshold seal or door sweep.
Make sure your fireplace is in safe working order
Check that the damper opens and closes smoothly. And fits properly to prevent heat loss. Check inside the fireplace to make sure no bricks are loose or broken. If your fireplace is smoking excessively, check the chimney for fallen bricks. Installing a chimney cap can cure a smoking fireplace by improving the draft.
Fall Home Maintenance Checklist -Exterior
- Clean eaves troughs
After the last leaves have fallen, Run a garden hose and check that they are draining properly. And that downspouts are operating and directed away from the home’s foundation walls. Check for leaking or damaged gutters, downspouts and hangers. Remove rust and patch the gutters with roofing cement. Caulk leaking seams and make sure pop rivets are secure.
- Check the roof
For trouble signs such as broken or missing shingles. Look out for cracked, buckling or curling shingles. Or bare spots where the granular coating has worn off. Check flashing around vents, skylights, and chimneys. Look for pieces that have peeled back and for cracked caulking that could allow moisture penetration.
- Have the chimney cleaned
And check the exterior structure for worn flashing, loose bricks or crumbling mortar.
- Drain exterior water lines
Hose bibs, sprinklers, and pool equipment before the first major freeze. Caulk around pipes where they enter the house.
- Drain your lawn-irrigation system.
But call in a professional to do the job. Your sprinkler service will charge $75 to $150, depending on the size of the system. Draining sprinkler-system pipes, as with spigots, will help avoid freezing and leaks.
Clean your lawnmower and other garden tools before storing.
Give all the metal parts of your tools a wipe with an oiled rag to prevent rusting. Drain the fuel from gas-powered machines and run the engine until the lines are clear. Drain the oil and replace it. Clean caked-on grass and debris.
- Clean your barbecue and store it
In a protected place for the winter. Never store propane tanks indoors.
- Clean patio furniture and store, loosely covered, in a dry place.
- Wash windows to let in the maximum heat and light during cold winter days.
Doing your fall chores can make your life easier come spring when you would rather be fishing than fixing winter damage.
And just in case you wondered, we do offer Preventative Maintenance Packages for twice a year and seasonal (4 times / year) to our clients. We will help you to protect your greatest asset…Your Home.
We will help you to protect your greatest asset…Your Home.
BTW there are a lot more tips included on Home Renovation Contractors on the official top-home-design.com/
Fall Home Maintenance Checklist – Fall Decor
And to round things up we finalize the home with some fall curb-appeal.
Yes, now is the time to… Stock Up on fall colors and decor….