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Home Maintenance Checklist for Fall

Posted On: September 08, 2016
Fall Leaves

It’s slowly starting to feel like fall here in the Minneapolis area, making it the ideal time to prepare your home for harsher conditions. The majority of home maintenance tasks that we’ll go over are simple tasks that can be performed in a weekend. For those tasks that you aren’t comfortable completing on your own, call a professional who has the knowledge and experience to complete the job.

Lets dive in to your fall home maintenance checklist:

  • Change the batteries in your smoke detectors. This simple task can save lives.
  • Call a professional to have your fireplace cleaned.
  • Colder temperatures can wreak havoc on your pipes. Be sure to shut off outdoor water valves and empty any outdoor hoses. Detaching hoses from the hose bibs will help prevent water in outdoor pipes from freezing.
  • Change the direction your ceiling fan is rotating. You can easily do this on most fans by flipping the switch on the side of your ceiling fan. Make sure your fan blades are rotating clockwise. This will bring warmer air down instead of up to the ceiling.
  • If your home has screens or storm windows, now is a great time to install them.
  • Perform your own home inspection. Inspect the exterior of your home for any cracks or gaps that you think may pose a problem.

Cracks and gaps in your home are perfect places for water to sneak in. When temperatures are cold and water sneaks into these gaps, freezing and expansion can occur. Freezing and expansion in gaps can result in damage to your foundation and masonry.

Besides water sneaking into these gaps, air can sneak out. Leaking air can account for a 20% increase in heating costs. Turn to caulk and weather stripping to attend to air leak problems.

  • Stop bacteria from getting distributed throughout your home by cleaning your humidifiers.
  • Inspect the quality of your roof. You’ll want to look for things like missing or loose shingles. Missing shingles can lead to water damage inside your home. Prevent drywall, electrical, plumbing, and heating and cooling system damage by being proactive.
  • Have your furnace tuned up by a professional to ensure it runs smoothly during the fall and winter seasons.
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