Getting your home ready for winter is the most important seasonal maintenance that you need to do for your home!
The winter months are colder and can cause severe damage to your home if you don’t prepare your home properly! Here are the top tips for fall home maintenance that you should make sure to check off before winter comes in full swing!
Clean Out Your Gutters
Cleaning out your gutters is something that you should make sure to do at least once every season-change, but in the fall it is especially important! This is because in the fall, leaves and other debris fall off trees and plants, and can collect in your home’s gutters.
Make sure to clean your gutters out from anything that has gotten stuck in them, so that in the winter any water that collects can flow freely through your gutters and away from your home’s foundation!
Winterize Your Irrigation System
Irrigation systems are one of the most expensive things to repair if they burst, because water that gets trapped in your sprinkler system can freeze and expand, causing your pipes to burst.
Burst pipes can go unnoticed during the winter months if there is snow or ice covering the ground. If your pipes burst, this will be a costly job to repair, and can also cause damage to other areas of your home.
Replace Screens with Glass
If your home has windows that can be interchanged between glass storm windows and mesh screens, you’ll want to make sure that you swap out your summer screens for the storm windows during the fall.
This will help protect your screens from tearing, will help insulate your home (money savings on heating bills!), and will keep water from rain and snow from getting into your home!
Check Your Furnace & HVAC
Getting your furnace cleaned & testing it to make sure that it is working is a good idea to do during the fall, while the weather is still warm enough that you don’t quite need it daily. This way you can make sure that it is ready to go come winter time, or that you have time to get maintenance done on it before winter.
Make sure to winterize your HVAC system appropriately, by turning off your A/C unit and covering it with a weatherproof cover if it is outdoors. This will protect it and keep it in good condition for when spring rolls around the corner and it starts heating up again outside.
Making sure that these few fall home maintenance tips are on the top of your to-do list will ensure that your home is warm and cozy during the winter months, and will be in great condition at the end of winter when you can start spring cleaning!
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