Single-family homes like any other home require periodic maintenance. Generally, it’s best to have regular maintenance, but especially between the seasons like in the fall before the cold winter strikes. Nobody enjoys having to deal with emergencies on the home property. Many of these emergencies are avoidable with proper advance maintenance. Here are some of the main internal and external elements of the single-family home that require fall maintenance!
External Fall Maintenance
The passing of fall means more branches and leaves on the grounds. A buildup like this can create rotting on the grounds that can hurt the grass. It can also cause external drains to clog, leading to flooding. Ensure the grounds are cleared. Also, when it comes to the garden, do not forget to drain out hoses because they can freeze and burst or cause damage to pipes.
The roof of a home also needs to be cleared of leaves and branches. If not, the debris may wind up caught in gutters. Removal of foliage and cleaning out the gutters are important to prevent ponding from occurring and avoid potential freezing and ice dams on the rooftop.
Roof Inspection & Repair
The roof protects the home from outside weather. Homeowners should not neglect inspecting the roof during the fall for shingles that need to be replaced or that are decaying. If ignored, it can lead to much larger problems like leaks.
Internal Fall Maintenance
A home with improper insulation means more heat loss and energy use. Check for proper sealing at windows and doors to prevent drafts. The caulk or rubber seal may need to be replaced. Proper weatherstripping is an effective way to keep heat in the home and drafts out. Accessible pipes should also be insulated to prevent freezing and cracking as temperatures get lower.
Replace Filter for Furnace and HVAC System
For more efficiency and a clean system, the filter for the furnace or HVAC system in the home needs to be replaced regularly. A clean filter helps reduce energy use and makes it easier to keep the home at the temperature desired.
Check Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors
The carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in a home can make a difference between life and death. Check these devices for their expiration date and ensure they are operating properly. All batteries in the devices should be replaced to ensure proper function.
Fall maintenance for a single-family home may seem like a lot of work, but it is a critical process to ensuring the home operates safely and at its best. These fall maintenance tips can help avoid emergency incidences that can be even more costly and time-consuming for homeowners.