The fall is a great time to do some routine maintenance on your home in preparation for the colder winter months.
Prevent water damage by being pro-active. Use binoculars or climb on to your roof to check for damaged, loose or missing shingles. The cost of replacing a few shingles is far cheaper than dealing with water damage. Clean your gutters to prevent water build-up and ice from forming. Add an extension to your downspouts so water will run 3-4 feet away from your home’s foundation. Turn off exterior faucets and spickets. Any water left in the water pipes can freeze causing the pipe to burst when ice expands. The same goes for your lawn irrigation system.
Mulching the fallen leaves when you mow will help nourish your lawn over the winter months as they decompose. Make sure to do this when the leaves are dry.
Tune up your furnace or heat pump to make sure you have no issues staying warm this winter. An inspection includes a cleaning, repair (if needed) and inspect for carbon monoxide leakage.
If your ceiling fans have a reverse switch, run the blades in a clockwise direction. By doing this the fan will produce an updraft and push the heated air down into the room. This is a great idea, especially in rooms with high ceilings.