Five Fall Home Maintenance Tips
Fall is the perfect time to clean up, organize and finish off any last minute projects before the cold, snowy weather hits. Not only will you avoid worrying about getting things done when it snows, but having a yearly plan to winterize your home is key to maintaining the longevity of your home, yard and everything in it.
1. Clean your gutters and downspouts
Once the leaves have stopped falling and blowing all over the place during windy Calgary days, make sure you clean out any leaves or debris in your gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters can cause water pooling during rain or snow melting that can damage your siding and roofing. Replace or repair any damage that has been done to your gutters over the year.
2. Shut off your exterior water
Turn off your outside water sources to prevent freezing pipes and avoiding potential bursting. Drain and store any hoses in your garage or basement.
3. Clean your dryer vent
As you examine the outside of your house for any damage or repair needs, make sure you clean out your dryer vent. Lint buildup in dryer vents can make your dryer work less efficiently and has the potential to cause a fire. Cool, dry weather increases static electricity which can ignite the built up lint. Hire a professional or clean out the vent yourself.
4. Double check your furnace
Before you switch on the heat make sure your furnace is clean, maintained and in working order. Switch out the furnace filter and clean out any vents attached to it. If you have a fireplace, make sure your chimney is cleaned out and for your electric fire place make sure the gas is working properly.
5. Replace batteries
Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms to make sure everything is in working condition. Update any emergency contact lists or information that you or your family might need during the winter months.
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