5 Fall Maintenance Tips For Your Home

With fall just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about some maintenance you can do to get your home ready for the changing weather. Here are five things you may consider focusing on.

Eaves trough cleaning

Your eaves troughs keep rainwater away from the house. Clogged or debris filled eaves troughs may not flow properly – and may cause potentially expensive damage if there happens to be a larger rainstorm. Consider either cleaning them yourself or, if necessary, have a professional do so for you.

Get your AC/furnace ready for the season

Proper care/maintenance of your AC and furnace will ensure that they continue to run efficiently and last their expected 15 to 20 year lifespan. You should clean the area around your AC and cover it properly to protect it from snow and debris during the fall/winter. You should also consider having your furnace tuned up to help avoid any surprises as the temperature begins to drop.

Winterize your outside pipes

Winter temperatures can freeze water trapped in outside faucets and pipe connections. In some cases, this can damage the faucet or cause the pipe burst in the wall. Turning off the water supply to your outside faucets is the best way to prevent this problem.

Test smoke/carbon dioxide detectors 

A simple yet important task you should complete every season. Your detectors should have a “test” button. If the alarm sounds, that means your detectors are fully operational. If not, replace batteries immediately and test again. If it still doesn’t sound, you may need to purchase a new detector.

Prepare yard equipment

After one final yard cleaning it’s time to prepare your equipment for storage. This includes draining fuel from all gas-operated equipment such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and chain saws. Once you’re done, check to see that all of your snow clearing equipment is operational and easily accessible before the first flurry falls.

Seasonal maintenance can mean big savings for your family. What home maintenance projects are you planning on tackling this fall? Tweet us and let us know!