Home Maintenance
A General Home Maintenance Check Up, both inside and out, is important to prepare your home for cold weather before it gets here!
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Home maintenance                  15 Fall Maintenance Tips

 

Is Your Home Ready For The Cold Months Ahead? Now is the time to prepare your home for cold weather before it gets here. Performing your upkeep in the fall will give you peace of mind in the winter. Most of these tips you can do yourself, which will lower your utility bills and protect your investment!

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Tune up your heating system: Remember to clean or replace filters once a month, or as needed. For about $80 to $100, a technician will inspect your furnace or heat pump to be sure the system is clean and in good repair. The technician can also check for and correct possibly hazardous carbon monoxide levels generated by your heating system.

  2. Check your fireplace & chimney: Have chimney professionally cleaned. Chimney sweeps recommend an annual sweeping, but depending on how often you use the fireplace, you might be able to wait on a full sweep. Hopefully you will have older, seasoned firewood as it burns cleaner and longer. It’s recommended to keep firewood at least 30 feet from the house and covered.  

  3. Reverse your ceiling fans: If your ceiling fan has a reverse switch, use it to run the fan’s blades in a clockwise direction after you turn on your heat. This will produce an updraft and push down  heated air from the ceiling into the room.

  4. Wrap Your Pipes: A burst pipe caused by a winter freeze is a costly nightmare. Wrap them with pre-molded foam rubber sleeves or fiberglass insulation, available at hardware stores. Be sure to wrap or cover outdoor faucets as well! If you're really worried about a pipe freezing, you can first wrap it with heating tape, which is basically an electrical cord that emits heat.

  5. Safety Equipment: Ensure that all smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers are in good working order. Replace batteries in appropriate devices as needed. Also, invest in a carbon-monoxide detector; every home should have at least one.

  6. Roof: Inspect your roof and chimney(s) for damaged shingles and water leaks, and growing vegetation. Most roofs come with a 10 - 15 year warrantee so unless it's reaching the end of its lifespan you shouldn't be required to hire a professional for this.

  7. Foundation: Walk around the foundation of the house looking for cracks or signs of water damage. When snow piles up too high against the exterior of the house water can seep in and cause structural damage; if you see signs of cracking or other damage to the exterior foundation call a professional because caulking is not going to fix it.

  8. Gutters: Clean gutters and drain pipes so leaves won’t clog them and be sure they drain away from the house.

  9. Yard Maintenance: Disconnect garden hoses & rake the leaves into piles and bag them. Clean, pack up, and store any patio furniture for the winter.

  10. Windows & Doors: Seal drafty doors and windows. If you added up all of the small cracks where heating and cooling escapes from a home, it would be the same as having a window open. Replace seals as needed.

  11. Siding & paint: Look for cracks and holes in house siding or paint. Replace caulk if necessary. A carpet knife can work well for cutting away old caulking from house siding. Strong winds, rain and snow can all wreak havoc on a fence so be sure yours is still standing strong. If it's looking a little faded, or the paint is starting to peel, give it another stain or coat of paint as required.
  12. Caulk around windows & doors: If the gaps between siding and window or door frames are bigger than the width of a nickel, you need to reapply exterior caulk. (Check the joints in window and door frames, too.) Silicone caulk is best for exterior use because it won’t shrink

  13. Drain your lawn irrigation System: But call in a professional to do the job. Your sprinkler service will charge $75 to $150, depending on the size of the system. Draining sprinkler-system pipes will help avoid freezing and leaks.

  14. Prepare to store your lawn equipment: If your mower & weed eater sits through the winter, fuel remaining in its engine will decompose, "gum" the carburetor causing difficulty when you try to start the engine in the spring. Add stabilizer to your fuel to keep it fresh and run the engine briefly to allow it to circulate.

  15. Stock up on Winter Emergency Items: Don’t wait for the first winter storm to restock cold-weather essentials, such as firewood, windshield de-icer, salt or ice melt.

Preventative maintenance is cheaper that putting it off and then having to pay for large repairs. Home repair bills due to lack of maintenance are often very expensive.

Don't have time to maintain your home? Summit's Maintenance department will professionally maintain your entire home freeing you for other things you’d rather be doing.
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