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Top 10 Checklist for Fall Home Maintenance

You can almost feel it, can’t you? The crisp air that comes with football games, bonfires and hot chocolate? September means fall, and it’s also time for a little home maintenance. To help make it a little easier, here’s our Top 10 Checklist:

  1. Gutters. Gutters and downspouts clogged with leaves and debris can lead to ice dams and costly damage. Clean them thoroughly, then flush with water.  Inspect joints and tighten brackets, when necessary.
  2. Windows. Caulking around windows and doorframes is one of the least expensive things you can do to prevent heat from escaping (and lower utility costs).
  3. Roof. Inspect your roof for any wind, storm or ice damage. Making minor roof repairs today is better than dealing with unexpected leaks or water damage in the middle of winter.
  4. Heating system. Have your heating system checked by a licensed heating contractor before you actually need it to work. And don’t forget to change your filter!
  5. Fireplace. If you have a fireplace or wood stove, clean it and have it inspected by a professional to make sure it’s safe and ready to use.
  6. Driveway and sidewalks. Inspect your outdoor surfaces for cracks, and clean and repair them with the appropriate filler and sealant.
  7. Ceiling fan. Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan in order to create an upward draft and redistribute warm air.
  8. Humidifiers. Clean your humidifiers regularly to prevent bacteria and spore growth in the water tank.
  9. Air conditioner. Vacuum the internal parts of your air conditioner, then protect it with an approved tarp or plastic cover to prevent rust.
  10. Smoke detectors. Check and change batteries in all your smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, and ensure they are in working order.