Date: Oct 8, 2015
Title: Fall maintenance
Well Summer is officially over and soon the leaves will turn their amazing colors before finally falling (or blowing) off the trees. It's maintenance time folks!!
As temperatures start to drop and the small animals begin looking for a winter hideout- such as our attics.. :) It's time to prepare your home for the cold and always inevitable winter ahead before it gets too cold to practically and feasibly do anything. Thinking of the possible issues our homes will face, there are some key areas that should be looked at to help keep things warm and dry.
Here is a list of items that you should consider checking and improving if needed. Not everything will apply to your home of course, but you get the general idea..
* Install fresh batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
* Test and dust all detectors
* Check fire extinguishers
* Buy a fire extinguisher if you don't have one yet!
* Clean kitchen exhaust hood and filter
* Drain sediment from hot water heater
* Vacuum refrigerator coils
* Insulate exposed pipes as needed
* Schedule furnace inspection
* Remove (or cover) window air conditioners
* Have chimneys and flues inspected and cleaned
* Remove screens and install storm windows
* Turn off outdoor water supply, and store hoses
* Inspect roof for damage
* Clean gutters
* Inspect caulk around windows and doors; re caulk as needed
* Trim trees and shrubs away from house
* Inspect deck for any nails or screws that may be popping up
* Cover or store outdoor furniture