Home Maintenance Tips For Fall - Protect your home, protect your investment
The leaves are falling and the weather is getting cooler, fall has arrived in Central Alberta. Judging by the latest forecast this upcoming week looks like a great chance to prepare your home for the long cold winter ahead. Below are a few small tasks you can do to get your home ready for winter.
Outside your home
•Clean leaves from eavestroughs and downspouts to ensure proper drainage from the roof, and check chimneys for nests or obstructions.
•Cover your air conditioner
•Drain water from outdoor hoses, pipes and in-ground sprinkler systems. Close the valve to outdoor hose connection and drain the faucet (unless it is frost proof).
•Double check the grade(slope) of your yard, ensure that the ground around your home slopes away from the foundation wall to prevent water from draining into the basement.
•Ensure all windows, doors and skylights are shut tightly, including the door between your house and garage.
•Winterize your landscaping by mowing the grass one last time, clean and store outdoor furniture, preparing gardens and if necessary protect young trees & bushes for winter.
•Bring out your snow removal tools (shovel, snow blower) from storage and make sure they are in good working order.
Inside your home
•Check and clean or replace your furnace filters on a monthly basis during the heating season.
•Have your furnace or heating system serviced by a qualified service company(every two years for a gas furnace).
•Remove grills on forced air systems and vacuum inside the ducts.
•Check your smoke alarm / carbon monoxide detector batteries.
These small steps will help keep your home running like new and will protect your investment for years to come.