Fall signals a natural time of transition. Fall is also a great time to get maintenance tasks done if you live in an area where cooler weather is right around the corner.
Care for your home this upcoming season by maintaining your home with the following tips:
- Clean gutters and downspouts. Clear leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts to prevent flooding and freezing around your foundation.
- Drain gas from yard equipment. Empty gas from your lawn tools before winter arrives. Gasoline can damage rubber parts if it’s left in equipment.
- Check your roof for signs of damage. Carefully check your roof for signs of leaks or other damage. Fall is an excellent time to hire a professional to perform a roof inspection.
- Swap window screens for storm windows. Remove screens and install storm windows; clean and repair screens before storing them in the basement or garage.
- Prep your lawn. Rake leaves, fertilize and aerate your lawn so you are prepared when spring arrives.
- Store hoses. Remove hoses from spigots. Drain and store them indoors, ensuring they are coiled and flat.
- Check furnace filters. Inspect your furnace and replace the furnace filters.
- Clean windows and doors. Clean windows and any sliding door tracks to ensure they operate smoothly all year long.
- Stock up on wood or pellets. If you have a fireplace or woodstove, it’s a good idea to stock up on wood or pellets during the fall months before winter hits.
- Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It’s best to replace batteries annually. A good reminder is when daylight savings time ends in November.
By taking the time to maintain your home each season, you can keep common household problems at bay.