With the weather turning cooler outside (at least at night), now is a great time to get moving on some preventative maintenance to prepare your home for the chilly weather before it arrives.
Check for Peeling Paint
Inspect exterior walls to see if any paint is peeling or blistering on the house or outbuildings. Peeling paint means that the existing paint film can no longer adequately protect the siding of the building. Lower humidity and cooler (not yet cold) temperatures make fall a good time to paint the exterior of your home.
Regularly clean gutters and downspouts. Make sure all drainage areas are unblocked by leaves and debris. Consider installing gutter guards to make the job a lot easier.
Be sure to caulk around windows and doorframes to prevent heat from escaping. Caulking and sealing openings is any inexpensive and easy-to-do maintenance job to check off. Openings in the structure can cause water to get in and freeze, resulting in cracks and mold buildup.
Inspect the Roof
Inspect your roof, or hire a licensed professional to examine your roof for wear and tear. If the shingles are curling, buckling or crackling, replace them. If you have a lot of damage, it’s time to replace the entire roof. Also, check the flashing around skylights, pipes and chimneys.
Have your heating system checked by a licensed heating contractor. Heating systems will use fuel more efficiently, last longer, and have fewer problems if properly serviced. Clean and replace filters in your furnace or heating system.
If you use a hot water system for heating, drain the expansion tank, check the water pressure, and bleed your radiators.
Seal the Driveway
Inspect your driveway for cracks. Clean out and repair any damage with driveway filler, then coat with a commercial sealer. Sealing the driveway now will help extend the life of the asphalt through the winter and beyond.
Change the direction of your ceiling fan to create an upward draft that redistributes warm air from the ceiling. Clean your humidifiers regularly during the heating season. Bacteria and spores can develop in a dirty water tank resulting in unclean moisture misting out into your room.
Clean Yard Equipment
Prepare your yard equipment for storage. This includes draining fuel from all gas-operated equipment such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and chain saws.
Protect Yourself and Your Home
Each fall, check carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms and put in fresh batteries. A carbon monoxide detector can also save lives if a home has oil or gas-burning appliances, like a furnace or water heater.
What home maintenance items are on your autumn list?