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Home Maintenance Tips for Autumn

A few of the top home maintenance tips you should implement this season.

10/09/2019

Autumn is quickly approaching! From falling leaves to cooler weather, there's plenty to look forward to.

While the changing of the seasons is embraced by many, it also means that your home requires additional maintenance. Taking care of your property will ensure that you and your family can properly enjoy autumn.

We've compiled a few of the top home maintenance tips you should implement this season.

Outdoor Projects

To keep your yard and home in good shape, tend to these outside projects:

Clean Gutters and Downspouts

Your gutters and downspouts are essential to your home's foundation. They are responsible for preventing the buildup of water and debris on your roof.

The leaves that fall during autumn can make their way to your roof. If you don't clean out your gutters and downspouts, the leaves can cause water to pool. This can lead to several problems including rotting wood, pest infestations, and leaks.

Prevent these issues by regularly clearing out your gutters and downspouts. As roof repairs can be expensive, you could be saving yourself thousands of dollars down the line.

Seal Gaps

With colder weather just around the corner, critters are going to be looking for shelter. What better spot than inside your home?

Mice, rats and other smaller animals can get in through a small crack on the side of your house. Sealing any holes or gaps is the best way to keep these unwelcome guests out. To seal gaps, materials such as heavy-duty hardware cloth will get the job done.

Don't Forget About Your Yard

Your grass doesn't stop growing during autumn. In preparation for winter, the roots actually grow deeper. Now is a great time to reseed and fertilize your lawn.

It's also important to trim trees and shrubs to promote healthy growth. Be sure to trim trees hanging over your roof or power lines as strong winds and heavy snowstorms can cause severe damage.

Indoor Projects

Outdoor projects are probably the first to come to mind when you think about maintaining your home during autumn. Indoor projects, however, are just as important. Don't forget to consider tips such as the following:

Maintain Your Heating System

The last thing you want is to be stuck in a freezing home in the dead of winter. Eaglewood, a website that helps residents find new homes for sale in Boise, recommends hiring a licensed heating specialist. This will ensure that your heating system is ready for you to use during the colder months.

You should clean out your filter's furnace every month, so go ahead and add this to your checklist. This will clear out dust, pet hair, etc., meaning your furnace will operate more efficiently.

Check Your Plumbing

When it gets really cold, pipes can freeze and burst. To prevent this, ensure that your system is well-insulated and address any issues.

In the event that pipes burst, you should be prepared. It's important to know how to shut off the water valve. Make sure you know how to turn it off in case of an emergency.

Fireplace and Chimney

Depending on how cold your area gets, your fireplace could be the go-to spot this winter. Make sure you are prepared by inspecting it during autumn. A professional can inspect and clean it to prevent dangerous chimney fires. You should also test the flue to make sure it has a tight seal.

Be Proactive!

Being proactive about autumn maintenance will go a long way. You'll be able to complete projects that are tough to do in the winter. Plus, your property will be more than ready to withstand the cold weather.
 

 

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