Preparing Your Home for the Fall

As fall is approaching, homeowners should consider preparing for the colder weather. Here are 4 helpful tips to avoid trouble!

  1. Clean the gutters – Once tree leaves begin falling, removing leaves from gutters is a necessary evil.  Clearing gutters from debris now will help save time, money and hardship this winter!
  1. Water heater inspection – A water heater is easy to neglect until it suddenly stops performing. Periodically drain your tank.  Regularly scheduled water heater upkeep will maximize performance, use less energy, and extend the heaters useful life. Sediment buildup in water heaters may begin to harm your tank.  Clean water allows the unit to perform at its best.  Dirt or particles may indicate it’s time for professional maintenance. Don’t forget to check the water heater vents for dust and dirt! Dust and dirt can build up and weaken performance. Make sure to check that your heater is working correctly and consider a professional water heater inspection at least once a year.
  1. Clean fireplace and chimney – Do you love making a fire on a cold fall day? Take your fireplace from filthy to flawless by inspecting and cleaning to prevent backdrafts. During cleaning, the damper should be checked for correct positioning, and fireplace safety. Use a vacuum running with a stiff brush to clean the fireplace walls. The damper ledge should always be cleaned, since creosote dust builds up. The outside of the chimney should be checked for obstructions and wear.  A chimney cap should be installed if one isn’t already in place and nearby tree limbs should be trimmed.
  1. Search for drafts – Sealing your homes outer walls, ceilings, windows, doors and floors is the most cost-effective way to improve energy efficiency and comfort. Looking to save money? Check the house to determine if there are any drafts exposing cold air entrance into your home.

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