Upkeep on your home should be done quarterly, with spring cleaning, winterizing, fall home maintenance and of course summer improvements. Since we are in the thick of fall and we are now experiencing extreme rain which may be an issue for homeowners. Here are some fall home maintenance tips to help keep your home in top shape whether you just moved in or you are thinking of selling, it is important to implement these tips into your home maintenance routine.
Clean Your Eavestroughs!
With leaves falling, it is very crucial to make sure they are not blocking your eavestroughs. Eavestroughs primary purpose is to direct the flow of water from your roof away from your house. If the water has no where to go, it will backflow through any cracks it can find into your house. Keep your gutters clean and make sure that your downspouts are directing water at least 10 feet away from your house and sloping downward by about 6 inches.
Caulk All Openings!
Ensure all windows and openings are sealed to prevent heat from escaping and minor leaks coming in. If water gets in, it can cause freezing and subsequently cracks in the caulking which is an eyesore.
Check Your Heating Systems!
Your heating system will be used much more in our cold Canadian winters, so have a licensed HVAC technician inspect your furnace, ensure it is running smoothly and effeciently and that there are no leaks. Also, if you have a working fireplace make sure you check the insert’s door gaskets for a tight seal.
Reverse Your Ceiling Fan!
Since warm air rises, you want to create an upward draft to redistribute the heat that is hovering over that ceiling fan and have it disperse throughout the home.
Cover Those Air Conditioners!
Did you just install a brand new air conditioner to beat our crazy summer heat (though this summer it almost seemed like we barely had any of those days). Don’t let it be exposed to the elements and the debris of fall winds. Cover it with an approved tarp or plastic air conditioner cover which can be purchased at Canadian Tire or Walmart for as little as $15.
Check For Peeling Paint!
With the weather not too hot and not too cold, now is a great time to think about re-painting the exterior of your home is you notice the paint is peeling or if you just don’t like the colour. In the warm summer heat, the paint sets too quickly leaving behind brush marks and you would have to be a bit crazy to paint the exterior in the winter. “What the majority of Canadians don’t realize is that weather conditions can make or break a paint project and affect the longevity of a job.” says Martin Tustin-Fuchs, brand manager for Dulux paint.
Inspect Your Roof!
Winter wreaks havoc on our Canadian roofs, so part of your fall maintenance should include hiring a licensed professional to inspect your roof. If the shingles are curling, buckling or crackling, replace them. If you have a lot of damage, it’s time to replace the entire roof. Flat roofs should take special care, as snow has no where to go put pile up, and the weight can cause sagging and damage. Consider installing a sloped roof, which will increase value to your home.
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