Fall is the perfect opportunity to prepare your home for the cold weather season. Addressing a few important tasks now can help you avoid costly repairs and ensure your home remains cozy and comfortable. The following checklist from our home remodeling professionals can help you get started:
Inspect and clean your chimney and fireplace.
If you have a fireplace, schedule a professional chimney inspection and cleaning. Creosote buildup in chimneys can be a fire hazard. Ensure the damper is working correctly to prevent drafts when the fireplace is not in use.
Service your heating system.
A professional inspection and service by a qualified technician will ensure that your heating system is running efficiently and safely throughout the fall and winter months.
Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
With the increased use of heating systems and fireplaces, it's essential to test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace the batteries if needed.
Seal gaps and cracks.
Inspect your windows, doors and other openings for any gaps, cracks, or openings that could allow cold air to enter and warm air to escape. Properly sealing these areas with caulk or weatherstripping can help improve energy efficiency and lower your heating bills.
Clean gutters and downspouts.
The accumulation of leaves and debris can lead to clogs and water damage during the rainy fall season. Regularly clean your gutters to ensure proper drainage and to prevent potential roof and foundation damage.
Properly store outdoor furniture.
Clean and dry cushions, wash down any surfaces, and store them in a dry, protected area to prevent damage from harsh weather conditions. This will extend their lifespan and keep them looking good for next year.
Inspect your roof and attic.
Examine your roof for any missing, loose, or damaged shingles and deteriorating flashing. Address any issues before winter sets in to prevent leaks and water damage. Additionally, check your attic for proper insulation and ventilation. Adequate insulation will help keep your home warm and reduce energy costs.
Prune trees and shrubs.
Trimming overhanging branches and dead or diseased limbs from trees and shrubs not only improves their health, but it also prevents them from causing damage during storms.
Clean and store summer equipment.
Prevent freezing and cracking by draining garden hoses and storing them in a dry place. Consider shutting off outdoor water valves to prevent pipe damage. Clean and store lawnmowers, and properly winterize any additional outdoor tools.
Home Maintenance and Repair Services in NH’s White Mountains, Lakes Region, and Western ME
Regular maintenance not only enhances your home's longevity but also contributes to your family's safety and well-being. If you require assistance, don't hesitate to contact Cormack Construction’s experienced professionals. We’re your local home building, remodeling, and maintenance experts.
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