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Fall Maintenance For Your Home

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With fall now in full swing, it’s time to make sure your home is adequately equipped for the coming winter months. By properly maintaining your home now, you can ward off expensive repairs and harmful damages in the future. These four essential fall maintenance tips help to make preparing your home easier than ever.

1.     Organize and Evaluate Outside

Maintaining the exterior of your home should be one of the first steps you take when preparing your house for fall and winter.

  • Stow your mower with fuel stabilizer and run your mower dry before putting it away for the winter.
  • Deter any drips by removing garden hoses from outdoor faucets and shut off any valves on exterior water faucets. Drain your hoses and store them in the shed or garage.
  • Drain your irrigation and sprinkler system. If you don’t have drain valves, hire a professional to properly shut down your system.
  • Evaluate the exterior siding and use color-matched caulk to seal up any cracks between trim, siding, windows, doorframes, pipes, wires, etc.
  • Unclog gutters by removing leaves, twigs and other debris. Keep an eye out for sagging, damaged gutters and downspouts while you’re at it.
  • Inspect your roof for buckled, cracked or missing shingles, rust spots or any loose or damaged areas that should be fixed immediately.
  • Make sure the soil around your foundation slopes away from your house so that water won’t soak into the soil and damage your foundation with cracks and leaks.
  • Prune plants so that all limbs and branches are at least three feet from your house. This will prevent any dripping or moisture from damaging your exterior.

 

2.     Inspect Your Interior

By going methodically through the interior of your home, you can save up to 20% on heating and cooling costs during the winter months.

 

  • Cut down on drafts by applying weather stripping and caulk to air leaks from windows and doors.
  • Hire a licensed heating contractor to have your heating system checked for fuel efficiency and other potential problems.
  • Ensure your woodstove and fireplace are in working order. Be sure your fireplace’s flue opens and closes properly and that it’s free of branches, leaves or other debris. Also be sure the firebox isn’t missing any bricks or mortar and have your chimney professionally swept every other year.
  • Change the direction of your ceiling fans to create an upward draft that distributes warm air from the ceiling.
  • Clean humidifiers frequently during the heating season to avoid the build up of any bacteria in the water tank.

 

3.     Get Your Garden Winter-Ready

Organize your garage, store your summer gardening tools and clean up branches and leaves around your yard. Fall is also a great time to reseed patchy areas of grass and to plant bulbs for the spring. Also, be sure all of your winter equipment (snow blowers, roof rakes, shovels, etc.) are all in working order.

 

4.     Porch and Deck

Ensure your porch and deck will look their finest come spring. Check the supports, stairs and railings on all porches, decks, handrails, etc. Remember many of these surfaces will likely face harsh temperatures and cold elements in the coming months. Also, clean and cover all porch and deck furniture and empty all soil from pots and planters to avoid cracking and breaking of frozen, clay pots.

 

For more information on how to properly maintain your home year round, or to learn more about protecting the investment of your home with reliable homeowners insurance, visit Heuer Insurance Agency, today.