There are many things to love about fall, but a growing list of home maintenance concerns is certainly not one of them! As the season that precedes winter, it means there are going to be a number of home maintenance-related issues that will inevitably need to be addressed.
We here at eieihome have compiled the most common maintenance items into one simple list you might want to consider completing before winter rolls around and which general contractors you should consider hiring.
Having the integrity and insulation of your pipes checked can be a smart way to avoid costly disasters caused by freezing and bursting during winter months. A plumber should conduct a thorough check of your pipes to make sure they are sealed correctly to prevent any leaks. Have them also test your sump pump, because you don’t want to wait until you need it to realize it is not working properly and then have to frantically look for an emergency plumber. Remember to turn off outdoor water supply, and store hoses.
Maintaining your furnace before winter can save you money down the road. Having your filter replaced and ducts cleaned can help reduce allergens and dust in your home. As for your cooling systems, remember to remove or store window AC units. If you have central air, cover the outside unit with a tarp, secured with rope or bungee cords.
Windows and Doors
Ensuring adequate caulking of windows and doors will help control the temperature of your home. According to Natural Resources Canada, minimizing air leakage can improve your windows energy efficiency by 50 percent and reduce your energy bills. Install weather stripping where it’s needed to prevent any water damage. Consider hiring a professional to remove screens and install storm windows. Have them check all your windows for any cracked or broken glass and replace any broken or damaged hardware.
When it comes to landscaping, the fall is the perfect time to prepare your garden and lawn for the upcoming winter. Trim all trees and shrubs away from your house, as they may lead to a costly disaster in harsh winds and weather. Have your landscaper go through your landscaping checklist one last time before winter arrives. Consider aerating, fertilizing, mowing, cleaning and mulching your lawn and garden, so your plants and grass get a head start for next spring.
For those of you who use your fireplaces extensively during the winter season, ensure your chimney and flues are cleaned and repaired for any cracks or any loose or crumbling mortar. Have your roof inspected for any damage that can lead to water damage and mold come spring time.
Feel confident in the service professional you hire for these areas of expertise, by visiting our directory of great local professionals to ensure winter does not bring you and your home any harsh surprises!