Fall Home Maintenance

Leaves in a rain gutter

It is officially the first day of Fall! Here at Absolute Issaquah, Fall is in full swing with kids finally back in school, summer vacations have been taken and everyone is getting back into their daily routine of closing loans and helping our clients save money.  Many of us hate seeing summer go but looking forward to fairs, pumpkin patches and Halloween just around the corner, helps make the short nights and cold weather a little more bearable!

For all the homeowners out there, you have probably noticed leaves falling in your yard, patio chairs going unused and crisp mornings that make you want to reach for your thermostat.

We have complied a few tips for how to get your home ready for the change in season. Fall is here everyone so let us embrace it with a weekend project!

Clean Gutters

If you don’t already have a leaf-guard gutter installed, make sure you clean out your gutters and downspouts with leaves that have fallen. Clogged gutters and ice freezing in the winter can cause damage and leaking.

Check Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Make a point each Fall to check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and put in fresh batteries. It is very important to have these both in your home and fully functioning. Smoke alarms can save lives in the event of a house fire and a carbon monoxide detector can also save lives if a home has oil or gas-burning appliances.

Prepare Deck

Clean your porch and deck furniture. Store and cover deck furniture and BBQ in a protected area and make sure all dirt is emptied from plant pots. When dirt freezes in pots, it causes them to crack.

Inspect Your Roof

Inspect your roof in the Fall or hire someone to do so. Making active and minor repairs to your roof during the fall is better than dealing with a leaking roof during a snowstorm.

Give Your Furnace a Physical

Once a year is good to have your heating system inspected by a professional. If your furnace is making unusual screeches or whines it may be an indication the belts hooked to the blower are worn or broken. If you heating system seems like it isn’t working as well as it should be, it might be a sign that your heating ducts are partially blocked, the blower could be worn out, or you need to change your filter.

 

Sources: Bob Villa, BHG.com,

 

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