With Labor Day now behind us, it's time to start thinking about the change of the seasons. Who else is ready to bid the summer goodbye and welcome in the cooler temperatures? The first few weekends of the fall season when the weather is still a bit warm is the perfect time to tackle your fall home maintenance list.
Prepping your home for cooler weather not only helps you lower your utility bills, but can also prevent an unexpected disaster or costly repair. We’ve put together a list of fall maintenance tasks that you can get started on this weekend. Thompson's Fall Home Maintenance Checklist
- Check your roof for damaged or missing shingles. Remove any branches that hang over your house and any leaves or debris from your roof.
- Clean and inspect your gutters. Clogged gutters can cause many problems including pests, mold, water build up, ice dams, and roof or siding damage.
- Drain your water heater to prevent sediment buildup in the holding tank. This can improve its efficiency by 50%.
- Check windows and doors for drafts. Apply caulk or weather stripping where needed.
- Reverse your ceiling fans after you turn on your heat. The clockwise direction will produce an updraft and will push heated air down from the ceiling.
- Turn off exterior water faucets to prevent frozen pipes.
- Test your sump pump by slowly pouring several gallons of water over the sump pit to ensure that it turns on.
- Have your chimney inspected and cleaned to prevent fires and carbon monoxide from entering your home.
- Have your heating system inspected. A technician will check your furnace or heat pump to verify that it is clean and in good working order. If there are any issues, you can take care of them now.
- Pick up winter essentials like salt or ice melt, snow shovels, ice scrapers, and windshield washer fluid.
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