Along with the changing leaves and shorter days, Fall brings weather conditions that can seriously impact your home. Some routine maintenance can help you to get ready for the coming Winter months. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
Outside Your House
· Check the roof: Remove any growth from sloped areas and clear debris from gutters and downspouts. Look for signs of damage and make repairs as soon as possible.
· Keep your yard free of debris: Properly dispose of fallen leaves and branches on a regular basis to reduce your risk of fire and other hazards.
· Look out for vermin: Rodents and insects often search for warm places to take shelter this time of year, and can cause serious problems inside your home. Check the basement and crawlspace along with the rest of your house, and call a professional if you need assistance.
· Check your windows: Clean window wells and check for adequate drainage.
· Inspect you vents and air ducts: Ensure that attic vents, dryer vents, and exhaust ducts are clear of debris both inside and out.
· Look for cracks: This is the time to address any damage in your driveway or walkways—freezing weather will only cause cracks to worsen.
Inside Your House
· Do some fall maintenance: Clean and tune your furnace, boiler, water heater, oven and range to keep them working optimally throughout the winter.
· Look for leaks: Check your water heater and boiler, along with your water main or well pump. Also be sure to look for any damp spots in your basement or crawl space.
· Test your smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors: Now is the prime time to replace batteries and any malfunctioning units.
· Check the fireplace: Make sure there’s no build-up of soot or creosote. Consider having a professional do a fire safety inspection.
Fall is also the perfect time to review your home insurance policy. To learn more about home insurance, contact The Reis Group today.