With the unpredictable weather in Colorado it doesn't hurt to start on these fall maintenance items now!
Starting with the outside of your home, there are several items that you can take care of now, so that you will be ready for when the weather changes.
Roof Inspection: Inspecting your roof is very important, as it will save your home from thousands of dollars’ worth of damage in the future. If you are able to do so safely, get a ladder and climb on the roof to do a simple inspection. If you don’t have a ladder, you can get a pair of binoculars and look at your roof from your yard. Keep an eye out for loose or damaged shingles, as these could potentially cause a hole or leak in your roof.
Chimney and Fireplace:
Another important item to check in the same vicinity is the chimney and the fireplace. If you have a wood burning fireplace, and you tend to use it a lot, this is a good opportunity to have it inspected. This is a job to call a professional for, they will come to inspect and clean out the chimney to ensure it is safe to use this winter.
Gutters and Water Drainage: Theses two items are very important to inspect regularly, as this will save your home from damage due to the extreme weather that Colorado faces during the fall and winter. You can either hire a professional, or clean the gutters yourself. When cleaning the gutters, it’s important to make sure they are free of all leaves, debris, and any nests that might have been built during the Spring and Summer months. For the water drainage, it’s imperative to make sure that your downspouts are obstruction free. Double check that the downspouts are also pointed away from any foundations, driveways, and walkways.
Interior Maintenance: Once you’ve secured that the outside of your home is ready for the fall and winter months, it’s time to work on the inside. There are a few key things to check that can help make a world of difference for you this fall.
Furnace Inspection: The first thing is to have your furnace inspected. Hire an HVAC professional to come out and test your furnace. They should test it for leaks, heating efficiency, and change the filter. Having the furnace inspected might seem like a hassle, or not necessary, but it’s better to have it checked now, then to need to replace it in the middle of winter. You can never be over prepared!
Check for Drafts: An easy check you can do yourself is to walk around your home and check for drafts. There are a few diverse ways you can do this, but an easy one is to use a candle. Light a stick candle, and walk by all the doors and windows in your home while they are closed. If you the candle lights flickers when you are next to any certain door or window, chances are there is a draft. This is an easy fix and just requires some caulking or re-sealing around the door or window. Doing this will make sure that your home is properly sealed for the upcoming cooler months.
Safety Devices: Another great preparation tip for the fall and winter months is to check all the safety features in your home. Check and test your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, and any other important safety features in your home. It’s always good to check these things at least twice a year: once going in to summer, and another time going in to the winter.
See the full article from Jolly Plumbing and Heating here: https://www.jollyplumbing.net/single-post/2017/08/08/Top-Tips-for-Getting-Your-Home-Ready-for-Fall