Fall colors remind us its time to prepare our homes for winter!
Interior: Vacuum around furnace and be certain nothing flammable has been placed near heating system. Replace air filter, check room for proper ventilation and move air duct vent(s) to “winter” position to cut heating cost. Test the thermostat to assure the heating system ignites and shuts-down properly.
A Level 1 Chimney Inspection is appropriate if no changes have been made to your heating system or fireplace. From the ground, with binoculars look for cracks in the concrete/mortar/ cap and is the cover secure? Don’t wait until you are freezing to schedule a service call.
Some forced air systems have built-in humidifiers which need to be cleaned prior to use, the water supply turned on and tested for leaks. Failure to maintain the unit invites mechanical failure and corrosion of the heat ducts. Worse yet, poorly maintained systems can provide an ideal environment for the growth of bacteria and mold. Even those standalone humidifiers must be cleaned and inspected.
Drain garden hose & close exterior water supply from inside the home. Are exterior stairwell and window well drains clear and working properly?
Before the temperature remains below 50 degrees, get a coat of paint or stain on exposed wood outside your home.
From the ground, with binoculars, check for signs of wear. Locate warn, cracked, missing, broken, or turned-up shingles and look for nails sticking up. If you have an asphalt/rubber can us to conduct and examination.
We will check plumbing vents/stacks and eves for nests, squirrel and insect damage. Inspect flashing around roof stacks, vents, and skylights for signs of wear and cracking.
Examine internally and externally for holes or water stains along the roofline. Make certain that attic insulation doesn’t cover ventilation vents along eaves.
Keeping them clear helps prevent winter ice damming Check for evidence of birds, squirrels, raccoons, etc. A healthy home has proper roof ventilation.
Windows & Doors:
Check condition of caulk, glazing and weather stripping around windows and doors. Clean out window and screen door weep wells. Lower storms and test window locks.
Make certain basement window wells are high enough to prevent ground water from flowing into them and the bottoms are cleared of leaves. Dirt or gravel should be at least 12 inches below the window sill. When was the last time you loosened the soil within them to improve drainage?
Adjust to eliminate openings where critters gain entry and lubricate door wheels and opener chain. Good time to replace remote batteries too!
Check for cracks, openings and deteriorating brick and mortar. Check for loose or damaged siding. Check painted surfaces for flaking or exposed wood.
Remove tree limbs, branches, or debris that can attract insects on their march into your home for the winter. Be certain the ground around your home is pitched ½ inch per-foot as it slopes away from the house. This is the most cost-effective way to keep water out of your basement!
Gutters and Downspouts:
Remove debris and check for leaks, misalignment, or damage. Are those downspout extensions in place and secure?
Finally, replace batteries in smoke/ fire and carbon monoxide detectors.
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