Fall Home Maintenance
Taking care of basic maintenance on your home in the fall can save you lots of time and money in the long run, and may even save your life!
Check & clean the gutters
Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts. Your roof’s drainage system annually diverts thousands of gallons of water from your house’s exterior and foundation walls. That’s why it is so essential to keep this system flowing smoothly. Clogged gutters can lead to broken exterior surfaces and to water in your basement. They are also extra prone to rust and corrosion. Before the leaves fly this fall, have your gutters cleaned, then covered with mesh guards to keep debris from returning.
Keep drafts out
Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulk.
Get ahead of roof leaks
Inspect your roof for broken or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents.
Walks the walks (and drives)
Take actions to repair broken sidewalks, driveways, and steps.
Don’t let your pipes burst
Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.
Give your furnace a physical
Clean or replace dirty furnace filters and have an experienced technician inspect your heat source.
Before you light that fire!
Check fireplaces for soot or creosote build-up. Even better, schedule a check-up from a reputable chimney sweep.
Keep the humidifier humming
Clean the plates or pads to make sure of effective operation. Clean with diluted bleach solution if needed.
Prevent gas problems
If you have a gas-fired room heater, have it inspected by a pro. Also, perform any routine maintenance advised by the manufacturer.
Keep the fire burning brightly
Wood stoves are experiencing a comeback. To steer clear of a deadly situations, be sure to inspect yours just before firing it up.
Keep your loved ones secure at home
Verifying a residence’s safety ought to be an annual ritual in just about every household. Test alarm systems and inspect locks. Test smoke and CO monitors, inspect (or install) fire extinguishers, critique fire escape plans, and rid your household of old newspapers and other fire hazards.
Dan Papa-Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc
1801 Altamont Ave Suite 1
Rotterdam, NY 12303
Fax: (518) 688-0243