Top 10 Items To Check Off Before Winter Weather Is Headed Your Way

Dated: 10/08/2019

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Now is the perfect time to get to cleaning and checking off your to-do list. Home maintenance can seem a little over overwhelming but if you tackle them 1 by 1 you will be done before the first frost hits and can enjoy the Holidays stress free. 

  1. Make sure dryer vent is clear of lint. Dryer vents are a big cause of dryer fires. 

  2. Take a look around your home for holes and other areas critters will try to enter through when it starts cooling off. 

  3. Caulk windows and around door frames if needed and add weather stripping if you have drafts or see light around doors or windows. 

  4. Check your gutters and downspouts to make sure they are not clogged with leaves and other debris. 

  5. Remove water hoses and add insulators around outdoor water spigots. 

  6. Clean oven and be aware of pets and others who could be sensitive to the fumes from cleaning products or self cleaning ovens. Doing this in the fall can allow you to open up your home should it be strong in odors or smoke. 

  7. Fall is the best time to crank up the heat and burn off the dust.  It will smell and sometimes even smoke when a home has only had A/C running all year. Running the Furnace when you can air out the house is the best, because most of the time it leaves a burning smell the first time it is kick on in the winter. 

  8. Fireplace needs to be checked before use. If this is the first time to use or it has  been used, but no maintenance records were kept, have the fireplace inspected to keep your home safe.  Then every year before you fire up your fireplace, Gas or Wood need to be looked at to assure it is safe to use.  Chimney Sweeps and Fireplace Inspectors can teach you the proper way to use and maintain your fireplace. 

  9. Check your safety devices, Fire/Smoke alarm and Carbon Monoxide alarm. You should replace the batteries in the fall and spring to keep peace of mind that your units are working properly. 

  10. Take a good look at your home, make sure the roof looks in good condition before the snow hits, finding out you have a leaky roof in the middle of snow...well it makes roofing almost a nightmare for the roofers. Snow and wet weather is the worst condition to roof a home in.  Moisture is the last thing you want going on when getting a roof repaired or redone. 

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