Fall Maintenance Checklist

Friday, October 2nd, 2020 by Emily Dowling


Fall Maintenance Checklist

6 Easy Ways to Inspect Your Home This Fall

1. Gutters and Downspouts

Clogged rain gutters can lead to expensive repairs. After the leaves have fallen, remove any leaves, twigs, or standing water or mud from your gutters. Secure all of the support brackets in place, and make sure they are draining properly.

Your downspouts should extend away from your home to prevent water from seeping in the foundation. Downspouts can be extended if they are too close to the home.

 

2. Windows and Doors

Windows and doors are the more obvious vessels for cold fall and winter weather to enter the home. Change summer screens to cool weather storm windows and doors. Inspect and repair any loose or damaged window or door frames. Caulking can also be applied around windows and doors to prevent any air leaks.

 

3. Furnace

You want your furnace to be working properly when the weather drops. A heating professional can check your heating system to discover any problems you may have. Replacing the filter is another way to ensure the system is working properly. Cleaning your ducts can also better the efficiency of your system and reduce household dust.

 

4. Plumbing

Winter weather could cause pipes to freeze and burst. Knowing where and how to turn off your water could be instrumental in case the pipes do freeze.

Hoses or sprinklers should be removed from outdoor faucets and shut off. Leaving something attached can cause the water to back up and freeze and potentially crack the faucet or pipes.

 

5. Landscaping and Yardwork

Inspect the landscaping around your home. Ensure that the soil around your foundation slopes away from the house to help prevent water from seeping through your basement or garage walls.

Other yardwork that you could do before winter is reseeding your grass and cutting down any tree limbs that are close to power lines or your roof.

 

6. Fireplace and Chimney

Taking a quick look inside your fireplace with a flashlight will highlight any issues you may have. Make sure there are no birds' nests, leaves, sticks, or any other debris.

Check for cracked or missing bricks and mortar. If you spot any damage, consider a professional fireplace and chimney inspection.

 

For all things basement waterproofing and foundation repair, including issues such as sloping floors, sticking windows and doors, cold first floors above your crawlspace, and cracked block or brick walls, Baker's Waterproofing is here to help you.

 

About the author

Emily Dowling, Marketing Coordinator Find me on LinkedIn

Emily is the Marketing Coordinator. She helps maintain a consistent brand and creates educational content to help homeowners identify potential water, foundation, or concrete problems.

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