While you soak up the remaining sun before fall officially starts, here are 10 fall home maintenance tips.
When fall's rains (and winter's snows) arrive, few things make the season more miserable than a leaky roof. Experts recommend visually inspecting your roof, either from the ground with binoculars or heading up there with a ladder. Look for bent, cracked or missing shingles and replace them. If there are a lot of those, and you know your roof is old, consider having it replaced. It may be costly, but so is water damage from leaks while you're up there; DIY Network recommends paying particular attention to areas around skylights, chimneys or vents.
When the leaves are done falling, you'll save a lot of hassle by pulling out the ladder again and clearing out your roof gutters. Clogged or clear, the water from fall and early winter rains won't stop coming. Clearing the gutters allows rainwater to drain correctly through your downspouts, rather than spilling over the sides and potentially getting into your home's foundation. For a less-gunky job, wait for dryer weather to clear the dried leaves. And speaking of downspouts, check them for leaks, and make sure they direct water away from the foundation, not to mention pathways and driveways.
At some point, you'll have to accept that the season for grilling is over. Take the cool down as a reminder to clean the barbecue's grills and burners, disconnect the tank and store it somewhere safe. Don't forget to guard against moisture by covering your barbecue up or putting it out of the elements.
You won't be getting much use out of your backyard, so fall is an excellent time to remove things that won't do well when the snows come. Your lawnmower doesn't like those conditions, so move all outdoor tools inside.
While your home's warmth may insulate water in pipes from the cold rigours of Canada's winter, outside faucets have no such protection. Turn the water off to outdoor faucets, and disconnect and store your garden hose as l. Make sure to run the tap after to drain as much water as possible before the cold sets in.
Fall is the best time to do this, not just because of fall rains and winter snows, but with an eye to the spring melt as well. Walk around and have a look for cracks or gaps. Take a good look at doors, windows, and entry points of wires or cables. Sealing these off will save you headaches later. Don't delay too long, as caulking is best done before it gets too cold.
You've prepped the outside of your home against the rigours of the cold, now it's time to focus on keeping the interior toasty. Change out the air filter on your furnace (and stock up on spares), and call in an inspector to give the system a once-over, as well as check for signs of carbon monoxide buildup. Next, check all your heating ducts and vents for dust build-up, and peek inside to see if anything fell into them over the past season. Every bit of extra clearance helps.
Having a warm home isn't much of a boon if you're losing heat through poor insulation. Check your window and door seals for drafts when the weather gets cool enough. Seal any cracks with caulk or weather stripping.
Winter air is dry, and that has its effects on your home's infrastructure. If your home is equipped with a humidifier, it'll need annual maintenance as well. Clean out the filter, or replace it if it's too encrusted. Give the equipment as a whole a good cleaning also.
While you're giving your home its seasonal overhaul, take the time to make sure it's safe for its inhabitants. Check your smoke detectors to see if they are in working order (you should have one on each floor), and check your fire extinguisher. If you need to replace it, now's a good time. Winter blackouts are a fact of life in Canada, so if you own an emergency generator, test it out (but be sure not to do so in an enclosed area, as fume build-up can be hazardous or deadly).
Courtesy: Weather Network