The yearly, fanatic bout of spring cleaning has long been over. The busy schedule of summer activities and social events is coming to a close. And now it’s almost time to kick back and enjoy the crisp fall air, the fireplace, the toasted marshmallows, long evenings at home, and pumpkin-flavored everything. Right?
Well… unfortunately, not just yet. There are several home maintenance tasks that should be completed in the fall.
It is ideal to take care of the following maintenance tasks listed in this post before the harsh winter weather sets in.
1. Your Furnace/Heating System
While the weather is still mild in Maryland, one of the first home maintenance tasks to complete is to have your furnace and heating system checked for both efficiency and safety. Late August is probably the best time to have this maintenance task completed.
One of the very first steps is to replace the filter. Then, clean the ducts where you can (though this may require the services of a professional). Another recommended part of your heating system’s maintenance is to call in a professional to go over your the system to ensure that it is performing optimally and safely. It’s better to catch small problems now before they turn into larger, costly ones that could leave your family in the cold later on.
2. Fireplace and Chimneys
Another important maintenance task is making sure each fireplace and chimney is clean and clear. Creosote build-up can present a serious safety hazard and lead to a devastating fire. It is often best to use the services of an experienced and professional chimney sweep to complete this maintenance task.
3. Water Lines
Water-supply lines located within exterior walls can be susceptible to freezing during bouts of cold temperatures. Fortunately, this task is fairly easy and inexpensive. Focus your attention on exposed water supply lines that are on exterior walls, such as those that might be under your kitchen sink. Use insulation that is designed for wrapping pipes will help to prevent these pipes from freezing. Some suggest to wrap pipes with heat tape, if you have an electrical outlet nearby – however, please consult a licensed professional before doing so.
4. Gutters and Downspouts
Remember to clear out those gutters and downspouts! As trees begin to drop their leaves in the fall, gutters and downspouts are often filled and clogged with debris and leaves during heavy rains. Clogged gutters and downspouts can cause water to back up and run down behind the gutters and onto the fascia board, leading to rot. So before the rainy season hits this fall, make sure your gutters and downspouts are free of debris and draining properly.
Of all home maintenance tasks to complete this fall in Maryland, checking the roof is the one most important but also the most often neglected. Violent winter winds, heavy snow, and freezing rain can force water into places on your roof where it would normally never get. Fall is the time to check your roof for broken or missing shingles or tiles. If you find any issues call in a licensed roofing contractor to complete any necessary repairs.
After completing the 5 home maintenance tasks outlined in this post this fall, you should now have a greater peace of mind and sense of security to relax and enjoy the winter season.