Itâ€™s that time of year again when we are getting ready for the rain and cold. Â This is a great time for seasonal maintenance of your home before the weather starts.
Here are 10 tips for maintaining your home:
- Clean out gutters and downspouts: These areas are often forgotten as they are not at eye level. Â Clear any leaves, dirt, and debris from gutters. Â Check downspouts for damage or loose pieces.
- Examine the area surrounding your property: Check walkways for cracks and loose paver material.
- Drain your hot water heater: If you live in an area with hard water, extra amounts of sediments could build in your tank. Â It is a great time to drain and make sure rust is not developing in your tank as well.
- Clean and store seasonal outdoor furniture: Power wash outdoor furniture. Â Once dry, store in dry areas to prevent damage resulting from cold weather during winter months.
- Get garden power tools serviced: This time of year, the yard goes into a dormant stage, so it is a great time to take your lawnmower and other tools to get their annual tune-up. Â If you need new tools, this is also a good time to purchase them with end of season deals!
- Change filters in your home: If you have central air conditioning, change the air filter regularly or purchase an air filter that can be washed periodically. Â Change filters in clothes dryers. Â Cleaning filters means healthier fall months for your family.
- Check your weather stripping: Changes in temperature and humidity, as happens during season changes, will cause doors and windows to expand and contract. Â The fall is a good time to check for deterioration or alignment and replace if necessary to keep the warm air in during the winter months.
- Inspect your caulking: Did you know that you should check your caulking on a quarterly basis? Caulking can be found around tubs, shower doors, faucets, and ceramic tile. Â Remove and replace as needed when it is split or coming off.
- Check your furnace: Fall is a good time to check your furnace for proper operation. Â Turn your system to the heat function and be sure it is heating properly. Â If you discover a problem, call a professional to inspect it before it gets chilly and everyone else starts to call them.
- Lighting & Smoke Alarms: Check for and replace burned out bulbs. Â While you have the ladder out, test smoke alarms.
Some of these tips may or may not be applicable to your home. Â If you have any questions about how these tips apply to your home, please contact our Warranty & Quality Assurance team by phone Â (800) 383-2900 or email.