It’s important to make home maintenance part of your annual fall routine – you will be able to identify potential problems before they arise and prepare your home for the upcoming winter season.
Here are some tips to help you get ready:
- Have your heating system cleaned and inspected by a professional
- Gutters and downspouts should be cleaned of all leaves and debris and checked for any damage
- Have your chimney checked and cleaned by a professional
- Check and repair caulking around windows and doors
- Clean your clothes dryer exhaust and around/under the dryer
- Confirm your fire extinguisher is fully charged and ready for operation
- Inspect your smoke detectors to make sure that they are in working order. You should have one installed near each sleeping area and on each floor including your basement. Test monthly and change batteries as needed.
- If you have a fireplace or woodstove, you should have it inspected and cleaned by a licensed chimney specialist annually
- keep the area around the hearth clear of debris
- only use dry cured wood to reduce the risk of creosote buildup which can lead to chimney fires
- never leave a fire unattended and make sure fire is completely extinguished before leaving the house or going to bed
- allow ashes to completely cool before disposing of them in a covered metal container located at least 10 feet away from your home or any outbuilding
The steps you take during the fall season will help to protect your home and property from more potentially expensive damage or emergency repairs in the colder months to come.