It seemed like it happened almost overnight here in Annapolis, MD. The leaves are starting to change and a chill is in the air. There’s no denying it’s fall. And there’s no denying that cold weather will follow soon behind. Have you considered the fall maintenance steps you should take when it comes to your home?
Your fall maintenance checklist should include measures that help prevent unwanted scenarios like frozen pipes, fires, and other accidents.
Not sure where to start? Then consider the checklist below. You might just be glad you did when the cold weather hits.
Fall is the perfect time to take care of the little things that can make a big difference for you and your home. Most of the tasks listed below are well with-in the average person’s ability. But even if you choose to have a professional handle them, it’s worth the expense.
Here’s the checklist at a glance. See the following pages for more detailed guidance.
- Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts.
- Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulk.
- Inspect your roof for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents.
- Take steps to repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps.
- Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.
- Clean or replace dirty furnace filters.
- Have a professional inspect your heating system.
- Check fireplaces for soot or creosote build-up. Better yet, schedule a visit from a reputable chimney sweep.
- If you have a gas-fired room heater, have it inspected by a pro. Also, perform any routine maintenance recommended by the maker.
- Wood stoves are making a comeback. To avoid a deadly situation, be sure to inspect yours before firing it up.
- A home safety check should be an annual ritual in every household. Test smoke and CO monitors, inspect (or install) fire extinguishers, review fire escape plans, and rid your home of old newspapers and other fire hazards.