Fall Home Maintenance
This week marked the official start of autumn. Are you and your home ready?
Preparing your home for Fall:
□ Inspect roof for missing, loose, or damaged shingles. Get repairs if needed.
□ Check gutter and downspout alignment to verify that rainwater collects and drains away from the house. Adjust if needed. Also clear gutters and downspouts of leaves and other debris.
□ Examine tree branches, trim if needed so they are at least 2 ft away from roof and gutters.
□ Have an arborist inspect any trees that appear weakened by the drought. Also ask them to trim the dead parts out of any trees or shrubs.
□ Examine the grounds of your property. Fix cracks or loose pieces in walkways, driveways, and entryways. Also inspect the foundation for cracks and arrange for repairs if needed.
□ Clean and store seasonal outdoor furniture.
□ Check for cracks and gaps around windows and doors, seal with caulk and weather stripping as needed.
□ Consider flood insurance. This fall is supposed to bring one of Southern California’s strongest El Niño’s and homeowners’ policies typically do not cover flood damage.
□ In case of flooding, mudslides, or other storm-related natural disasters, have an emergency plan in place for your family, and a dry place for storm supplies.
□ Check safety devices
inside your house. Replace batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors if needed. Also check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher and replace if needed.
□ Clean out dryer vents
and any forced air vents around your home. Cool, dry fall weather in the fall can increase static electricity, so it’s better to get the lint out now and not run the risk of a fire being sparked.
□ Prepare your fireplace.
Schedule a chimney sweep to come clean out your fireplace and make sure it is ready for use. Also check other heating systems in your house such as furnaces or boilers.
□ Conduct an energy audit. Winter months are when most people use the most energy in their homes. Performing an energy audit will help you see how much energy you are losing and where, and will give you time to fix the problem areas before winter.
Just by completing these simple tasks, you can be assured that you and your home are ready for the changing seasons!
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