Fall Home Maintenance Checklist
Simple tips to help protect your house
For many, fall is a favorite time to be outdoors. Be sure to include these routine home maintenance steps among your autumnal activities.
- Clean your gutters. Overflowing water from clogged gutters can damage your roof and lead to cracks in your home's foundation.
- Replace damaged/missing shingles. Cracked, broken or missing shingles leave your roof exposed to the elements.
- Trim trees and bushes. If you let trees and bushes grow too close to your home, they can block the sun and lead to water damage.
- Have a professional tune your furnace. By having your furnace checked and tuned by a professional, you can reduce temperature variations, improve air quality and protect against carbon monoxide.
- Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. If your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors run on batteries, check them at least once every season.
- Put unused lawn equipment away. If you've finished with your lawnmowers, clippers, rake and other implements for the season, put them away in a safe place for next spring.
- Have your chimney checked. A professional chimney sweep can evaluate the condition of your chimney and, if necessary, clean it to get rid of creosote, which is flammable and can be dangerous.
These aren't the only maintenance tips to follow, but they should give you a good start on keeping your home safe and secure this autumn. Take action soon but please consult with a professional where appropriate.
These recommendations were developed using generally accepted safety standards. Compliance with these recommendations is not a guarantee that you will be in conformance with any building code, federal, state or local regulation regarding safety or fire. Compliance with these recommendations does not ensure the absolute safety of your occupation, business or residence. It is the property owner’s duty to warn any tenants or occupants of the property of any safety hazards that may exist.