Home Renovation And Maintenance In The Fall

"By doing a​ little preventative maintenance now, you​ can prevent minor problems from escalating into a​ major headache in​ the spring," Felton​ said. "Minor repairs done now can prevent air and​ moisture penetration​ from attacking the structural integrity of​ your​ home down the road," he added.

Cleaning the eavestroughs in​ the fall, for​ example, can prevent ice damming in​ the winter, where moisture is​ forced up under the roof's shingles during winter's freeze-thaw cycles. "Our roofing contractors are always busy in​ the spring, fixing damage and​ leaks that have occurred because of​ ice damming," Felton​ added.

Here are some home maintenance jobs that should be on​ a​ homeowner's winterizing checklist:

" Clean eavestroughs after the last leaves have fallen. Run a​ garden hose and​ check that they are draining properly and​ that downspouts are operating and​ directed away from the home's foundation​ walls. Check for​ leaking or​ damaged gutters, downspouts and​ hangers. Remove rust and​ patch the gutters with roofing cement. Caulk leaking seams and​ make sure pop rivets are secure.
" Check the roof​ for​ trouble signs such as​ broken or​ missing shingles, cracked, buckling or​ curling shingles, or​ bare spots where the granular coating has worn off. Check flashing around vents, skylights and​ chimneys. Look for​ pieces that have peeled back and​ for​ cracked caulking that could allow moisture penetration.
" Have the chimney cleaned and​ check the exterior structure for​ worn flashing, loose bricks or​ crumbling mortar.
" Have your​ furnace cleaned, inspected and​ safety checked. Depending on​ the system, you​ will need to​ have the furnace vacuumed, the filter changed and​ the pilot checked.
" Check for​ blockage of​ attic louvres by wasp's nests and​ put sheet metal, wire screen or​ wood over any openings, including under the eaves, to​ prevent animals from nesting.
" Remove and​ store your​ window air conditioner. Make sure to​ clean the coils and​ filters and​ cover loosely for​ the winter. if​ you​ are leaving the air conditioner in​ the window, put a​ weatherproof​ cover over it​ to​ protect it​ during the winter.
" Clean your​ lawnmower and​ other garden tools before storing. Give all the metal parts of​ your​ tools a​ wipe with an​ oiled rag to​ prevent rusting. Drain​ the fuel from gas-powered machines and​ run the engine until the lines are clear. Drain​ the oil and​ replace it. Clean caked-on​ grass and​ debris.
" Check doors and​ windows for​ proper caulking and​ weatherstripping. Do the draft test: hold a​ lit candle and​ run it​ along the seams of​ doors and​ windows. a​ flickering flame means your​ heating dollars are going out the window. Check the bottoms of​ doors for​ a​ snug threshold seal or​ door sweep.
" Make sure your​ fireplace is​ in​ safe working order. Check that the damper opens and​ closes smoothly and​ fits properly to​ prevent heat loss. Check inside the fireplace to​ make sure no bricks are loose or​ broken. if​ your​ fireplace is​ smoking excessively, check the chimney for​ fallen bricks. Installing a​ chimney cap can cure a​ smoking fireplace by improving the draft.
" Drain​ exterior water lines, hose bibs, sprinklers, and​ pool equipment before the first major freeze. Caulk around pipes where they enter the house.

" Clean your​ barbecue and​ store it​ in​ a​ protected place for​ the winter. Never store propane tanks indoors.
" Clean patio furniture and​ store, loosely covered, in​ a​ dry place.
" Wash windows to​ let in​ the maximum heat and​ light during cold winter days.
Doing your​ fall chores can make your​ life easier come spring, when you​ would rather be fishing than fixing winter damage. There are a​ lot more tips included on​
Home Renovation​ Contractors on​ the official Homeserviceclub website.

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