Wednesday, September 8, 2010

10 Home Maintenance Tips for this Fall Season

Each season your home goes through changes in temperatures, weather conditions, aging, and of course human abuse! In order to keep all your components of your home running smoothly, and to avoid costly repairs later, ita??s helpful to conduct seasonal maintenance actions each season.A As the summer continues, this is a perfect time to prepare for fall. Depending on your climate the fall season may be too late to prepare if it gets cold quickly.A Regardless of your location, start these helpful tips now to save money and get a jump on the season.

10 Home Maintenance Tips for this Fall Season1.) Examine your roof/gutters/downspouts for debris: Your roof is often forgotten about because it is not at eye level to give you a subtle reminder every time you walk past it.A Clear leaves, dirt, and pine needles from gutters and examine downspouts for damage or loose pieces.A Check the flashing around your chimney and any openings in the roof, such as skylights for leaking problems.

2.) Examine the grounds of your property: Before the grass is covered with snow, or it is too cold to venture outside, check walkways for cracks and loose paver material. Fix walkway and entryway areas before slippery weather can cause a tripping or falling accident.

10 Home Maintenance Tips for this Fall Season3.) Change the filters in your home: If you have a central air conditioning system, change the air filter regularly. If you have a window air conditioning unit, remove from the window or place a waterproof cover over it to prevent damage. Change filters in stove vents, clothes dryers and room fans if applicable.A Clean air filters will keep your family healthier in the fall months.

4.) Still have leaky faucets? Repair them now: Before the temperatures start to dip low, examine leaky faucets in the kitchen, bathrooms, and utility room locations. Most likely the time and money spent now to fix will be less than a broken pipe in the dead of winter!

5.) Prepare your fireplace: For some people they use their fireplace more than their central heater in the fall and winter months.A Discard old ashes and ensure the damper is open to allow air to freely move through the chimney.A If the air is becoming cold, close back the damper after cleaning. Check the damper handle and springs to ensure the flue is operating correctly. Hire a professional chimney sweep if needed.

10 Home Maintenance Tips for this Fall Season6) Drain your hot water heater: If your live in an area with hard water extra amounts of sediments could be building up in your tank. A Now is a perfect time to drain and make sure rust is not developing in your tank as well. If your hot water heater is extremely old or is rusting considering a new one that will be more cost effective and energy efficient.

7.) Check windows and doors for drafts: The majority of conditioned air in your home is lost through the windows and doors.A Go through your home and open windows to ensure the seal and caulking around the window frame is in good condition. Think of adding heavier drapery around windows that are extra drafty, to help block some air infiltration.

10 Home Maintenance Tips for this Fall Season8.) Clean and store seasonal outdoor furniture: Once you have taken your last plunge in the pool this summer, power wash outdoor furniture and cushions.A Once dry, store cushions in dry area to prevent cracking, and fading over the fall and winter months. One spring comes along next year, you will be pleased that you stored them and theya??re ready for use!

9.)Have garden power tools serviced: Once your grass begins to enter the dormant stage, take your lawnmower, trimmer, and other tools to get their blades sharpened and fluids recapped off. In the market for new garden power tools, buy now when the season is almost over you will find great deals!

10.) Take care of your irrigation/lawn needs: Depending on where you live, the climate for your lawn and its irrigation system may need to be checked.A Consider having an irrigation service professional fix broken heads before the cold weather sets in. If you want to prevent spring weeds and winter lawn damage, dona??t forget to fertilize. Visit your local garden center to find out information on what type of fertilizer to use and when to spread it.

Enjoy these days of summer because they are going fast! Before you know it we will be getting ready for the holidays.A Use these ten tips to help you get a jump start on your fall home maintenance, your home will thank you!

Freshome reader's have you gotten started on your home checklist yet?


  1. Home maintenance is not only restricted to repairs but to regular inspection of your accommodations as well. Inspect windows and doors for caulking and weathering stripping, and vinyl sidings for cracks or bubbles from changing weather. Use extreme caution in accessing your roof or have a professional to help you do it every 3 to 5 years because regular maintenance sets you away from big expenses along the way.

    Danielle Bailey

  2. Don’t forget to inspect your sidings too. Colored streaks are signs of leaks. Follow the streak to the source and be sure to seal it up to prevent the wood sidings from decaying and rotting.

    Becky Steele

  3. Be sure to keep tabs on your roof too! This is one of our home’s main defenses against heat, rain and other harsh weather conditions. It would be advisable to apply roof coating, whether you have metal roof or shingles, as it would keep your roof protected from the elements, and it would aid in stretching the roof’s service life.

    Lino Kosters

  4. I agree with Lino. The roof is one of the home’s first lines of defense against extreme conditions. That is why it is advisable to perform a monthly inspection of the roof. Inspection will prompt you to do some maintenance and repair on the roof whenever necessary.

    Joanne Barragan

  5. Joanne Barragan is spot on. Maintaining the roof before fall arrives is essential because you wouldn’t want to have leaky roofs during rainy seasons. Check for small nicks, damage, and holes on your roof since they can wear more and cause a big problem through time.

    - Pleasance Faast