In the last couple of weeks, the leaves have fallen more rapidly, giving our deciduous trees a bare look just in time for Halloween. The beauty of fall ends, for many homeowners, with the beginning of a fall maintenance list. While many homeowners don’t need to be reminded of a thorough leaf cleanup, autumn to-dos should also include these home maintenance reminders.
- Arrange to have a maintenance team inspect and clean the gutters. All those leaves and yard debris can cause leaks and ice dams if not removed and flushed out. If you chose to clean the gutters yourself, take time to inspect the roof, wood trim, and siding for damage and maintenance too.
- Schedule a heating system inspection. Annual maintenance and checkups can give you more confidence that once the cold weather hits your system will be burning fuel more efficiently. Regular maintenance will keep the system lasting longer and could prevent issues on the coldest winter nights.
- Fire Prevention Week was October 8-14, 2017. But many in the industry consider the month of October as Fire Safety Month. Do you have a fire extinguisher in your home? According to fire safety professionals, purchasing a fire extinguisher is one of the best investments a homeowner can make. Check and test any smoke detectors and fire alarms in your home.
- Reverse your ceiling fans. According to EnergyStar, “In the winter, reverse the motor and operate the ceiling fan at low speed in the clockwise direction. This produces a gentle updraft, which forces warm air near the ceiling down into the occupied space. Remember to adjust your thermostat when using your ceiling fan — additional energy and dollar savings could be realized with this simple step!”
- Winterize your sprinkler system. Although this is simple to do yourself, you may want to hire a local sprinkler contractor. They will blow out the lines with a commercial sized compressor. Sprinkler blowouts usually come with a warranty, so you don’t have to worry about frozen pipes.
- Plan for a springtime garden. In Colorado, fall is the time to plant spring bulbs (daffodils, tulips) wildflower seeds and shrubs. Spend a weekend cleaning up the garden or landscaped areas and mulch existing perennials. Trim trees and if you notice issues, consider hiring an arborist before problems become too costly.
- Tackle small interior maintenance projects before the holiday season begins. Holidays often bring out of town guests and frequently we only notice the minor maintenance issues when getting the house guest ready. Schedule carpet cleaning, painting touch-ups, freshen up the guest rooms, and deep clean the kitchen.
Although it is predicted that the country will have a warmer than average winter this year; Colorado Springs first fall frost was on October 4th
What’s on your fall maintenance list?