6 Fall Maintenance Tasks for Your Aberdeen Home
- November 29, 2015
You hear a lot about spring cleaning, but fall is a great season for improving your home as well. When you hit that sweet spot after the heat of summer has drained away and before the North Carolina winter blows in, you’ll find comfortable temperatures that are ideal for taking care of some routine home maintenance tasks. Put together a fall maintenance checklist and make sure you run through these important fall jobs once a year to keep your home in prime condition.
Cleaning the Gutters
Once the leaves have fallen from the trees, you should have a convenient window before the first snow. This is the ideal time to clean out your gutters. Remove large buildups of debris with a small trowel. Flush any small debris and dirt out with a hose. As you do this, check for leaks or other signs of damage. Repair and replace the gutters as needed.
Clogged gutter are more than just unsightly—they’re downright dangerous. When the gutters are filled with debris, they can’t drain properly. This causes a buildup of ice around the edge of the roof known as an ice dam. Large ice dams cause the gutter and roof to sag and may create roof leaks and other types of damage.
Scheduling Heater Maintenance
You should schedule an annual heater tuneup each fall. This is best done early in the season before you turn your heat on for the first time. If you’re overdue for this yearly visit, simply schedule it as soon as possible, even if you’re already well into the season for heating. During this visit, your maintenance technician will clean, lubricate, tighten, and inspect all the important components within your system.
Regular heater maintenance will ensure optimum energy efficiency for your home during the fall and winter months. It can also extend the life of your system and prevent unnecessary repairs.
Sealing Windows and Doors
Check all your windows and doors for signs of air leaks. In some cases, you’ll be able to feel air leaking through from outside. Add weather stripping to the bottom of windows and a door sweep to your doors. If you installed weather stripping in years past, check its condition. If the stripping is cracked and damaged, it’s time to invest in a replacement. Look for cracks and other openings around your interior door and window frames. These can be sealed easily with caulk.
Checking Exterior Caulking
Before winter weather sets in, take an afternoon to inspect the exterior of your home. Look for cracks between masonry and siding, holes where pipes and wires enter the house, and damaged caulk around window and door frames. You can address all these problems with a layer of caulk. This is a quick and easy fix with a very real payoff. Cold air will seep in through these openings, ruining the energy efficiency of your home.
Your hose may stay connected all summer, but you need to disconnect and drain your hose, sprinkler, and other systems for the winter months. To drain the spout, turn off the water inside and open the faucet outdoors. Trapped water will flow out so it can’t freeze in your pipes.
Checking Your Chimney
If you have a fireplace, you should give it a thorough checkup once a year. Hire a professional to perform this inspection if you have a working chimney that you use each season. Having your chimney cleaned regularly will prevent soot buildup and boost your indoor air quality during the chill winter months when you’re using a cozy fire to warm up. If you’re not planning to use your fireplace, consider installing a chimney balloon. This will prevent air from leaking through the chimney and improve your energy efficiency.
Preventive maintenance is always preferable to reactive home management where you’re trying to keep up with a slew of problematic repairs. Take the time to care for your home now, and you can enjoy a cozy and comfortable winter with minimal interruptions to your holiday cheer. If you’re overdue for a maintenance visit, contact Comfort Services at 866-357-4613 to book your tuneup.
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