It's that time of year again when we need to start thinking about putting all of our spring and summer stuff away and start preparing for the upcoming winter season. Just like digging out your winter coat and boots or changing the tires on your vehicle, your home also needs the proper maintenance. Follow the Fall Home Improvement guide below to help your home survive through the cold winter season and it can also can prevent costly repairs the following spring.
Cleaning out your gutters and downspouts free of debris will ensure proper drainage.
Inspect your Roof
Inspect your roof, or hire a licensed professional to examine your roof for wear and tear. If your shingles arecracking, curling or buckling its time to replace them. If you have a lot of damage it's time to replace the whole roof. If you have any leaks or gaps heavy snow and ice will find its way in.
Drain all water from exterior pipes, sprinkler systems, and hoses. Disconnect all hoses from from spouts and wrap all exterior pipes and spouts with insulation. Water left in pipes can freeze up and damage the pipes.
Fill in the Gaps
Walk around your home and inspect your window and door frames for gaps. If gaps appear fill them with a bead of silicone caulk. Also check all of the weatherstripping around doors, making sure you can not see daylight from the inside of your home. Replace or add weatherstripping as necessary.
Tune up Furnace
Hire a Technician to inspect your heating system, making sure your system is clean and in good condition, and that it can achieve it's manufacturer rated efficiency. This inspection will also measure the leakage of Carbon Monoxide. Do not wait! you will greatly decrease the chances of your system breaking down on the coldest day of the year, and paying "top Dollar" for an emergency call to have someone come out to repair it. Also make sure you change your filters regularly.
Check your Detectors
Check your Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarms and replace with fresh batteries. These Alarms SAVE LIVES! Follow Manufacturer's instructions and how and where to install these life saving devices.
Get rid of gas
Run all gas powered lawn equipment until the fuel tank is empty. By doing this, you are removing flammable liquid storage from your garage. Make sure you aren't storing dirty oily rags in a pile, they can ignite!
Reverse your ceiling fans
For greater energy savings, once you turn your heat on, switch your fan to reverse. The fan will produce an updraft and push down into the room heated air from the ceiling. ( remember, heat rises)
Don't wait until the first winter storm to restock your cold weather supplies such as Shovels, Salt and ice melt.