Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

by | September 18th, 2012 | Home Maintenance | No Comments

We are less than a week away from the first day of autumn- September 22, 2012!- and you can already feel the weather changing. The fall is famous for its slight chill in the air, harvest moon, and falling leaves. The fall is also the time of the year when everyone finally commits to long-overdue exterior maintenance and prepares their homes for the coming winter months.
Bob Vila’s “Home Maintenance Checklist” has 15 things your should do in the fall to protect your home. And our company takes care of the top three–as well as several others.

1. Roof: Check the roof and around vents, skylights, and chimneys for leaks. Hire a professional to inspect and repair as necessary.
2. Attic: Poor attic ventilation can lead to ice dams and interior leaks in the winter. When having your roof inspected, also have your attic assessed for proper ventilation to prevent costly repairs later down the road.
3. Gutters: Clean the gutters and drain pipes so leaves won’t clog them and be sure they drain away from the house. (Fall: In cold-climate areas) Drain outside faucets.
4. Fireplace: Clean the fireplace of ashes. (Fall) Check the chimney for loose or missing mortar. Have the chimney professionally cleaned. Make sure the damper closes tightly. (Spring) Leave the damper open for improved ventilation if the home is not air-conditioned.
5. Filters: Remember to clean or replace filters once a month, or as needed. Check and clean the dryer vent, air conditioner, stove hood, and room fans. Keep heating and cooling vents clean and free from furniture and draperies.
6. Safety Equipment: Ensure that all smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers are in good working order. Replace batteries in appropriate devices as needed, or at least twice each year.
7. Air Conditioner: (Fall: In cold-climate areas) Remove window air-conditioners, or put weatherproof covers on them.
8. Refrigerator: Make sure your refrigerator door seals are airtight. Test them by closing the door over a dollar bill. If you can pull the bill out easily, the latch may need to be adjusted or the seal may need to be replaced. In addition, if you have a coil-back refrigerator, vacuum the coils at least twice each year. Your refrigerator will run more efficiently with clean coils. Also, stock up! A full refrigerator uses less energy than an empty one.
9. Faucets: Check for leaky faucets in the kitchen and bathroom(s). Replace washers as necessary.
10. Windows and Doors: Seal drafty doors and windows. If you added up all of the small cracks where heating and cooling escapes from a home, it would be the same as having a window open. Ask yourself, is it time to replace your windows?
11. Storm Windows and Screens: (Fall) Take down screens (if removable type) and replace with storm windows. (Spring) Remove, clean, and store storm windows (if removable). Check and patch all door and window screens. Put screens up (if removable type).
12. Siding and Paint: Old aluminum siding provides minimal protection from the elements and allows expensive heating and cooling costs to escape. Modern sidings are made of vinyl, are thicker, and have options for foam backing or insulation. This helps better seal your home from the elements and street noise!
13. Basement: Check the basement walls and floor for dampness. Be sure to clean the dehumidifier regularly, if you have one.
14. Heating System: (Fall) Have the heating system serviced. Change filters.
15. Hot Water Heater: (Fall) Drain the hot water heater. Remove sediment from the bottom of the tank.


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