Fall Home Maintence Checklist
It’s officially September and that means fall is right around the corner. For those of us who live in areas with a lot of trees, it’s a beautiful time of the year. But it’s not all pumpkin pies and football for us dedicated homeowners. Weekends mean there’s work to be done. So, in the spirit of offering a helping hand, here’s a quick fall home maintenance checklist of tasks you’ll want to be sure to take care of before fall turns that quick, cold corner into winter.
Remove the hoses from your outdoor faucets.
Leaving them attached is asking for a big mess. If water remains in the faucet and in the section of pipe that is just inside the exterior wall, it will eventually freeze. When it does, that water will expand and potentially crack the pipes and faucet. To be extra safe, turn off the valves that supply water to any outside faucets you have. That way you won’t have to worry about smaller amounts of water making their way into the pipes.
Seal any cracks.
Walk around the outside of your house with a tube of caulk and keep an eye out for any cracks between the trim and siding or where windows and doors meet the walls of the house. This simple task could prevent expensive moisture damage as well as save you a bit of money on heating by keeping your home that much more airtight.
Use a similar process on the inside of the house, though you can leave the caulk in the garage. Feel around for particularly drafty windows and doors. Seal them up with any number of products like rope caulk, shrink film or V seal weather stripping.
Get your fireplace and furnace ready for game day.
If you’re lucky enough to have a functioning fireplace then put cleaning it on your fall home maintenance checklist, because there’s going to come a day when all you want to do is light that baby up and get the family gathered around in front of it. If you’re not sure when it was last cleaned, you’d be smart to schedule one.
You’ll also want to make sure your furnace is in good working order. A well maintained furnace uses fuel more efficiently and gives you the peace of mind that it’s not going to break down on a day when your family needs it most.
Last but not least, clean your gutters and downspouts.
Fall is one of the most important times to clean your gutters. If you leave debris in them over the winter months, you are practically asking for ice dams to develop. If ice dams develop, you’re looking at a whole host of potentially serious and costly problems.
Check that your downspouts are in good shape, too. They should extend at least 5 feet away from your house in order to protect the integrity of your home’s foundation. The level of soil should also drop a few vertical inches from the side of the house to where the downspout empties. This gives you peace of mind that the water isn’t dripping down towards the foundation.
This is by no means an exhaustive fall home maintenance checklist of tasks to get your house in order, but it should get you started! Here’s wishing you a happy, healthy and productive fall from the team here at EZsmart Tools! Let us know if you have any questions!