Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Oct 11, 2021


Fall may be the best season for cozy sweaters and pumpkin spice candles, but for homeowners, it is also the perfect time of year to knock out that “honey-do” list!
 
         Don’t wait until the first cold snap to realize your home isn’t ready for the winter season. Get ahead of the game by checking off these eight projects this fall:
 
  1. Inspect your roof
Frigid temperatures can compromise the success of roof repairs. Not only is it dangerous to attempt repairs on icy roofs, but new shingles also can’t be properly sealed down when it’s too cold outside.
 
  1. Clean out the gutters
Winter precipitation can wreak havoc on homes by causing damage if water is unable to flow freely through the gutters. Make sure to remove wet leaves and debris that clog gutters after the trees lose their leaves during the fall.
 
  1. Seal windows and doors
Caulking or weatherstripping will help to keep the cold drafts out and the warm air in this winter. Any heat that is able to escape will only make your heating system work harder and lead to an increase in energy usage and costs.
 
  1. Change your HVAC filter
Make sure to replace the HVAC filter before turning your heat on. This will extend the life and performance of your unit and lower your energy costs.
 
  1. Winterize your pipes
Prevent your pipes and plumbing from freezing by insulating your pipes, turning off exterior faucets, and draining and storing your hoses.
 
  1. Repair cracks in your driveway
When water gets into cracks, it freezes, expands, and makes the crack bigger. Take time to fill gaps with concrete crack sealer to prevent crumbling and potholes over winter.
 
  1. Clean your chimney
The National Fire Protection Association of America recommends cleaning your chimney annually, preferably before any fires are lit. A good chimney sweep service will remove creosote buildup and any other obstructions that could cause a dangerous chimney fire.
 
  1. Check your fire alarms
Because people are more apt to build fires during the winter, fall is a great time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Also, check your home fire extinguishers and replace any that have expired.
 
Your local Co-op has many of the tools you need for your fall home improvement projects, so don’t hesitate to stop by!
 
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