Today we celebrate the first day of fall! And with the new season comes home maintenance projects that should be completed before the ice and snow make outdoor work too difficult. Follow these tips to be sure your home is prepared for the winter ahead.
- Check the gutters and downspouts for any debris and leaves. Clogged gutters can cause water to pool and damage your roof and siding.
2. Rake up all the leaves in your yard. Too many leaves under blankets of snow can prevent spring growth.
3. Make sure trees and shrubbery are cared for. Sometimes that means hiring an arborist to get the job done. Also make sure to look for signs of tree disease like early leaf change, needles turning brown, or dead branches.
4. Make sure your railings, stairs, walkways and driveway are safe. Winter can create challenges for walking in general, so it’s a good idea to make sure the path to your home is as safe as possible for you, your family and guests. Check to make sure all the rails are sturdy, all steps are in good shape and your driveway is in good repair.
5. Check your dryer vents for lint build up. Too much build up can create fires and prevent your dryer from working properly. Don’t hesitate to hire a professional if you don’t think you can complete the job by yourself.
6. Shut off external faucets and hoses to protect your pipes from freezing. Store drained hoses in your garage, shed or indoors during the colder months.
7. Make sure your chimney and furnace boiler are clean, maintained and in good working condition. If not, schedule a chimney cleaning and heating system maintenance at your earliest convenience.
8. This is an indoor job, but it’s just as important as the other tasks on this list. This is a great time of year to check that your safety devices are in working order like your smoke detectors, expiration date on your fire extinguishers and radon mitigation system.