31 Oct Fall Home Maintenance Checklist: 9 Preventative Care Items to Do as Winter Approaches
Well Fall is officially upon us and Winter is just around the corner. Is it too early to start making pumpkin pies? I think not! Anyway, not to get too far away from why we’re really here…let’s talk about Home Maintenance. Now that it might be time to turn on those heaters and rake up the never ending leaves outside, we thought you might be interested in finding out what you as a homeowner ought to be paying attention to this season change.
After speaking with our professional team of field technicians and management, we’ve compiled a list of the top 9 home preventative care items that you should start assessing and working on now.
1.Protect Your Pipes
As winter approaches, it may be a good idea to either install freeze resistant or frost proof hose bib spigots or install hose bib covers to help prevent your pipes from freezing. What is a hose bib spigot? Think of it like a faucet that attaches to your house, which then either attaches to a garden hose or washing machine. Another option to prepare for colder temperatures is to cut the water off to those hose bib spigots and drain the pipes.
2. Rake and Bag those Pesky Leaves
Raking leaves isn’t everyone’s favorite outdoor hobby, however it’s worth noting that left unattended, those leaves can cause more problems than you might think. If leaves have began to build up around your home, make sure to put clearing and bagging them on your to-do list. Doing so will help to prevent possible wood rot on the siding of your home and the potential of spreading oak wilt and other tree diseases around your property.
3. Leave the Mud Outside
Make sure to have mats on property as bringing mud and water onto laminate can ruin flooring over time. If liquid reaches the fiberboard core beneath the surface layer of the laminate, then that’s when you start to run into problems that may mean replacement of the boards entirely.
4. Keep the Insects Outside Too
Weather stripping is essential not only for energy efficiency, but to help keep those creepy crawlers out as well. There are many different types of weather stripping, but no matter which type you choose to use, it should seal air leaks around movable building components, such as doors or operable windows. For stationary components, caulk is the appropriate material for filling cracks and gaps.
5. Air Seal Your Home
Make sure any exterior holes into the home are sealed properly to not only increase your home’s energy efficiency, but to keep good indoor air quality and keep insects and rodents out. There are numerous air sealing trouble spots, but here are a few notables to pay attention to: attic vents, soffit vents, AC piping holes, and any other vent holes.
6. Say Goodbye to Unwanted Pests
Have a professional pest control company come out to treat your property at least every other month, if not every month. Regular preventative pest control and maintenance is a crucial aspect for the well being of your home’s structure, value, health, and the people and pets living there.
7. Protect Your Roof from Damage
The roof is a vital component to your home and can be very costly if it incurs damage. Doing preventative care maintenance like clearing the gutters and trimming tree branches is essential in not only protecting the roof itself, but in protecting valuable items inside the home.
8. Prepare Your Yard for Winter
Though Texas doesn’t necessarily have the harshest winter, your yard can definitely be affected by surprisingly cold temperatures. Preparing your lawn and plants for winter by doing tasks like applying a winter fertilizer or moving potted plants indoors, will likely save yourself the hassle of having to re-landscape in the spring.
9. Intermittently Run Furnaces and Ovens
Once the weather starts getting colder and the holidays approach, you (or your tenants) will begin to turn on their ovens and heaters for the first time since last fall/winter. It may be prudent to begin occasionally turning them on now and letting them run for a few minutes. This will allow you to ensure your appliances are working properly and to troubleshoot any issues ahead of the busy holiday season.
We hope you found this list helpful and that it provided you with a little education on how to mitigate the risk of costly home repairs this season by doing preventive care home maintenance. Happy holidays!
By: Kayla Gonzales, Marketing Manager