Fall is in the air and that means it is time for pumpkin carving, apple picking, and holiday preparations. However, it is also time to start thinking about how to prep your home for the cooler temperatures and winter weather. Adding a few home maintenance steps to your fall checklist can help you have a better fall and winter season.
Keep Your Pipes from Freezing
- Seal any holes or cracks around your home where cold air may leak in and repair any deteriorated caulking near doors and windows
- Insulate any exposed pipes or pipes in unheated areas of your home. Remember to wrap the corners and elbows too.
- Keep your cabinet doors open on especially cold nights.
Check Your Gutters
- Clean gutters from any debris that may be accumulating there
- Look for any damage to your gutters and replace or repair as needed
- Ensure your gutters are attached securely to your home
Service Your Home Heating System
- Have your heating system cleaned and inspected by a professional
- Replace your furnace filter according to the manufacturer instructions
Clean your Chimney
- Have your chimney swept to remove any soot or nesting guests
- Get an inspection done on your chimney to ensure the lining and masonry are intact and that your creosote levels are okay
Prep the Inside of Your Home
- Clean your clothes dryer exhaust duct and space under and behind the dryer
- Check electrical outlets for loose-fitting plugs or receptacles
- Confirm that your fire extinguisher is charged and ready for operation
- Inspect any smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
Taking the time to do these home maintenance steps in the fall can prevent potential damage and more costly repairs in the winter months.