As Weather Changes, Homes Need Care
As Weather Changes, Homes Need Care
Posted Today 02:01 pm)
Each season homes go through changes in temperatures, weather conditions and aging. In order to keep all the components of a home running smoothly and to avoid costly repairs later, it’s helpful to conduct seasonal maintenance actions each season.
As the summer continues, this is a perfect time to prepare for fall.
Depending on the climate, the fall season may be too late to prepare if it gets cold quickly. Regardless of location, start these helpful tips now to save money and get a jump on the season.
* Examine the roof, gutters and downspouts for debris — The roof is often forgotten about because it is not at eye level to give a subtle reminder about maintenance. Clear leaves, dirt and pine needles from gutters and examine downspouts for damage or loose pieces — check the flashing around the chimney and any openings in the roof, such as skylights for leaking problems.
* Examine property grounds — Before the grass is covered with snow, or it is too cold to venture outside, check walkways for cracks and loose paver material. Fix walkway and entryway areas before slippery weather can cause a tripping or falling accident.
* Change the home filters — Those who have a central air conditioning system should change the air filter regularly. Those who have a window air conditioning unit should remove it from the window or place a waterproof cover over it to prevent damage. Change filters in stove vents, clothes dryers and room fans if applicable. Clean air filters will keep a family healthier in the fall months.
* Repair leaky faucets — Before the temperatures start to dip low, examine leaky faucets in the kitchen, bathrooms and utility room locations.
* Prepare the fireplace — Some people use the fireplace more than a central heater in the fall and winter months. Discard old ashes and ensure the damper is open to allow air to freely move through the chimney. If the air becomes cold, close back the damper after cleaning. Check the damper handle and springs to ensure the flue is operating correctly. Hire a professional chimney sweep if needed.
* Drain the hot water heater — Residential areas with extra amounts of hard water sediments could cause build up in the tank. Drain the tank and make sure rust is not developing. If the hot water heater is extremely old or is rusting, consider a new one that will be more cost effective and energy efficient.
* Check windows and doors for drafts — The majority of conditioned air in the home is lost through the windows and doors. Check the home and open windows to ensure the seal and caulking around the window frame is in good condition. Think of adding heavier drapery around windows that are extra drafty, to help block some air infiltration.
* Clean and store seasonal outdoor furniture — Power wash the outdoor furniture and cushions. Once dry, store cushions in dry area to prevent cracking and fading over the fall and winter months.
* Have garden power tools serviced — Once grass begins to enter the dormant stage, sharpen the blades on the lawnmower, trimmer and other tools and get engine fluids recapped off. When shopping for new garden power tools, buy when the season is almost over for cost cuts.
* Take care of irrigation and lawn needs — Depending on where residential region, the climate for the lawn and its irrigation system may need to be checked. Consider hiring an irrigation service professional to fix broken heads before the cold weather sets in. Fertilize to prevent spring weeds and winter lawn damage.
Visit a local garden center to find out information on what type of fertilizer to use and when to spread it.
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