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Home Maintenance Tips - Preparing for the Upcoming Winter

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With autumn on our doorstep and winter right behind it, now is a good time to perform some semi-annual maintenance checks around the home. Prevention is almost always less expensive than neglecting small problems, which invariably turn into a big (and expensive) problems down the road. In this post, we will discuss four basic maintenance tips for homeowners.

Schedule a Home Heating Check

Although it is tempting to skip a maintenance check for your home heating system, the alternative leaves your family vulnerable to some seriously cold temperatures in the winter if your furnace decides to quit at an inopportune time. Your heating company can check your furnace, your thermostat and change any furnace filters to ensure your heating system is totally prepared for anything that Mother Nature dispenses during the winter months.

Check Your Alarms

Most carbon monoxide detectors last about 5 years and smoke alarms usually last for about 10 years. If you know some of your alarms are reaching their life's end, now is a good time to install new ones. If your alarms are still feasible, at least run them through the standard tests recommended by the manufacturer to make sure they operate normally.

Gutter Cleaning

Having clean gutters greatly reduces your chance of having roofline issues from backed-up water, that freezes and unfreezes during the winter months. Either clean them yourself or hire a company that specializes in gutter cleaning. If your gutters need replacement, consider installing an enclosed gutter system that greatly reduces the amount of debris that can get lodged in your gutter system.

Perform an Outdoor Inspection

Most people do not see the outside of their home much during the winter months, so problems tend to go undetected. Before the weather gets too cold, take a simple walk around your home and observe the foundation, the siding and roof shingles. Look for any gaps or holes that need caulking where mice and other critters might want to sneak through in order to get out of the cold. This is also a good time to put a cover over your central air conditioning unit and cover up any plants that need pampering during the winter months.

Want to know more about how to prepare your home for winter's cold and snow? Contact us.