Fall Home Maintenance
Although we may not be ready to admit it yet Fall has officially started and with it the promise of colder months ahead. For some people this marks the season for drinking Pumpkin Spice Lattes, curling up with a good book or planning a getaway vacation to warmer climates but for homeowners it’s the time for preparation. It’s the time for fall home maintenance!
Water has the potential to be extremely destructive and it doesn’t take much for damage to happen during a downpour or snow melt so homeowners need to be ready by ensuring their property is protected. Clearing storm drains and eavestroughs of debris can help stop drains overflowing into garages or basements and slow the chance of loss. If you live in a rural area you may be partly responsible for the maintenance of a municipal drain, a drainage system within a drain watershed area. These can range from a ditch to underground pipes, even small rivers. Removing debris from catch basins and keeping an eye on drainage areas will help ensure the likelihood of water damage is reduced.
If you have trees near your house look to see if there are any branches in contact with your home or telephone and electricity wires. If winter storms occur, snow or ice laden branches can cause swift damage so if you feel the branches are worth tackling, contact a local arborist and they can help reduce any costly damage to your home. Regarding power lines make the decision to be proactive and if you need to inform your local electricity company of possible hazards it’s best to do it before your neighborhood is plunged into cold darkness.
September is a good time to inspect the exterior of your home for any repairs that may need attention. If you have wood trim around your doors and windows make sure they don’t have damage and if they do, repair and repaint them. Check caulking around doors and windows, filling in any gaps as you go, and replace any weather stripping to help ensure your home is as water tight as possible, as well as energy efficient. Look up to your roof and look at the shingles and flashings around chimneys and plumbing stacks as any cracks or holes can lead to water damage later on. Repairs during warmer fall months are easier than during the frigid cold of winter.
Another good fall home maintenance project is returning your attention to your furnace; it’s been sitting cold for a few months now collecting dust so it’s worth giving it a quick look over to ensure there are no hidden surprises. Think about getting your ductwork cleaned out to remove dust build up along with replacing your filters.
Getting these nitty gritty tasks out of the way will give you, as a homeowner, peace of mind as you look out of your window on a cold, rainy day, knowing you have taken steps to help prevent damage and/or loss. Your home is possibly one of your biggest investments so it’s definitely worth taking the time to protect it. It is also worth looking over your homeowners insurance policy to familiarize yourself with your coverages and wordings, and if you have any concerns call your insurance broker.