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Fall Home Maintenance

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

fall-roadFor those of you who were at the State Fair this past week, enjoying temperatures well into the 90′s, it may seem hard to believe that fall is just around the corner. However, believe it or not, the nights are getting cooler, the tree leaves are starting to turn, and inevitably winter will be here before we know it. If you are anything like many homeowners, you might have the tendency to wait until the last minute to do necessary winter maintenance. This year, get a head start on your chores and begin checking these tasks off of your fall maintenance checklist:

Storm Windows: If you have separate storm windows and screens that have to be changed with the seasons, now is the time to look them over, repair any broken glass and loose glazing, and check for painting needs.

Windows & Exterior Doors: While you may not be prepared to replace all the doors and windows in your home with more energy efficient models, you can caulk and weatherstrip the ones you have. There are many styles of replacement weatherstripping available at your local hardware or home improvement store. Not only will you and your family be warmer as your home’s drafts get resolved – your energy bill will also benefit!

Gutters: Clean out the gutters before winter. If left untended, the remaining debris will hold water, become ice, and eventually put a strain on your gutters over the course of the year. This task will also give you a head start on your spring maintenance as your gutters will be in good working order for the winter thaw and spring rains.

Outside Faucets: Before the first hard frost of the season, remember to shut off the inside valve to you exterior faucets and open the outside drains to release any remaining water. If you leave your hose outside, remember to unhook it from the hose bib and remove all attachments (watering wands, faucets, etc.).

Furnace Filters: If you have forced air heating and cooling, you should replace the filters at least twice a year. Many people replace them monthly. Regardless, the furnace filters should be kept clean. Now is a great time to trade out yours and set up a maintenance schedule to stick with moving forward!

This is just a few items on what could be a much longer list, depending on your home and your individual needs. We hope you had a great summer, and with these home maintenance tips, will be prepared for an equally great winter!