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Consider this your fall cleaning and maintenance checklist to prepare your home—for colder weather.
According to Kathy Cohoon, the director of franchise operations of Two Maids, it is highly recommended to clean your gutters twice a year – once in spring and again in fall. Cleaning your gutters in the fall is particularly important as leaves and twigs tend to accumulate during this time. By cleaning them, you can prevent clogging and ensure that rainwater and melted snow can flow freely. Neglecting this task can lead to the accumulation of debris and water, which can freeze in colder temperatures and potentially cause water damage by allowing melted snow to seep through your roof.
Ensuring the safety of your home, it is crucial to clean your chimney before the peak heating season. Creosote, a byproduct that accumulates from burning wood, can build up in the chimney and remain there until it is removed. According to Cohoon, servicing your chimney before fall reduces the risk of a chimney fire. Additionally, cleaning your chimney can lead to cost savings. Cohoon explains that a clean chimney enables more efficient combustion and improved airflow, resulting in better energy efficiency.
Jennifer Parnell, co-founder of Humble Suds, emphasizes the importance of cleaning your HVAC filters during spring. The goal is to ensure clean air circulation in your home, so it is recommended to clean or change your air filters every three months, at a minimum. Jennifer advises checking the filters monthly to assess if they require replacement. If the filter is fully covered in dust or debris, it indicates that it’s time for a change. Neglecting to clean the filters can cause your system to work harder, resulting in higher energy bills and potentially compromising your health.
Pest control maintenance in the fall is crucial to prevent infestations and protect your home from unwanted pests. As the weather cools down, pests such as rodents, spiders, and insects seek shelter indoors, making it essential to take proactive measures. Regularly inspecting and sealing any cracks or openings in your home’s exterior can help prevent pests from entering. Additionally, removing any debris or clutter around your property, such as fallen leaves or woodpiles, can eliminate potential hiding spots for pests. It is also recommended to clean and properly store outdoor furniture and equipment to avoid attracting pests. Considering professional pest control services can provide an extra layer of protection, as experts can identify and address any existing pest issues and implement preventive measures to keep your home pest-free throughout the fall season.
In the summer months, outdoor furniture often accumulates debris, stains, and even mildew because of frequent use and exposure to the elements. According to Cohoon, cleaning outdoor furniture in the fall is crucial to prolong its lifespan. Additionally, depending on the type of furniture, it may need to be stored during the winter. Therefore, giving these pieces a thorough cleaning before storing them for two seasons will save you time when spring arrives.
Sealing cracks in your driveway and foundation during the fall is a crucial maintenance task. As the weather changes and temperatures drop, cracks in these areas can worsen due to the expansion and contraction of materials. By sealing these cracks, you can prevent water from seeping in and causing further damage. Moisture can freeze and expand, leading to larger cracks and potential structural issues. Additionally, sealing cracks in the fall helps to protect against water infiltration during the winter months when snow and ice can further exacerbate the damage. It is recommended to inspect your driveway and foundation for any cracks and promptly seal them using appropriate sealants or fillers to maintain the integrity of your property.
September 14, 2023
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