- Regularly clean gutters and downspouts. Make sure leaves and debris unblock all drainage areas. Consider installing gutter guards to make the job a lot easier.
- Use a screwdriver to probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks, use caulk to fill the holes or completely replace the wood.
- Lower humidity and cooler (not yet cold) temperatures make fall a good time to paint the exterior of your home.
- Inspect your roof, or hire a licensed professional to examine your roof for wear and tear. If the shingles are curling, buckling or crackling, replace them. Also, check the flashing around skylights, pipes and chimneys. if you have any gaps, heavy snow and ice will find its way in.
- To prevent exterior water pipes from bursting when the weather gets below freezing, turn off the valves to the exterior hose bibs. Run the water until the pipes are empty. Make sure all the water is drained from pipes, if not; the water can freeze up and damage the pipes.
- Have your wood-burning fireplace inspected, cleaned and repaired to prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
- trim dead branches out of the trees to prevent them from coming down and causing damage in a winter storm.
- Each fall, check carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms and put in fresh batteries. These are very important detectors to have in a home. A smoke alarm can save lives in a house fire. A carbon monoxide detector can also save lives if a home has oil or gas-burning appliances, like a furnace or water heater.
- The change in temperature and humidity and normal wear and tear can cause window seals to crack and shrink. Check your windows and doors inside and out for leaks and drafts. Caulk cracks or install weather stripping around windows and doors, including the garage door. Replace screens with storm windows and clean them if needed.
- If you use a hot water system for heating, drain the expansion tank, check the water pressure, and bleed your radiators.
These are just a few of the very important tips to make sure your house is in tip top shape for the cold season. To read the rest of the Autumn Maintenance Tips by diynetwork click here