Top Tips for Seasonal Maintenance on Your Home

Top Tips for Seasonal Maintenance on Your Home
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    When it's getting to that time of year that the leaves start falling off the trees and you need to wrap up well when you go out, then it's time to think about preparing your home while you still can.

    There are plenty of jobs to do before the cold weather sets in and it's too late.

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After all, you don’t want to fix a burst pipe when it could’ve been avoided. Read on for some helpful tips to winterize your home.

Check the Roof

Out of sight and out of mind, your roof should be on the top of your checklist. You can give it a cursory once over using a pair of binoculars if you do not have a ladder. That way you can see if any shingles are loose, cracked and need replacing, or if the flashing is coming away or is showing any rust spots. These repairs will need to be done immediately, otherwise it will cost you more in the long run.

Check the Gutters

Have a look for plants growing out of your guttering, as this will indicate they are blocked. There could be the possibility that fall pipes are also blocked with moss or lichen. Old gutters and blocked pipes can result in damp coming into your home. If you cannot manage to clean them yourself, then it would be advisable to enlist the services of someone who can. They may advise you that your gutters need replacing, in which case modern guttering systems from companies such as www.thompsoncreek.com can save you money on gutter maintenance, as they are specially designed to stop clogging.

Have Your Boiler and AC Serviced

It is always a good idea to service your HVAC system before the fall, as you don’t want it to fail when you really need it. Having an annual maintenance contract means you won’t forget to have it done. This could also save you money on booking single visits.

Check Your Chimney

If you have a fireplace, you will need to have your chimney cleaned at least once a year if you use it regularly. Have a look up the flue with a flashlight to see if there are any blockages, and make sure the damper isn’t stuck. Fitting a cage on top of the chimney should stop birds nesting, as the last thing you want is a flutter of wings, sending soot into your clean home (it’s not good for the bird either!)

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Service Your Garden Tools

When you’ve mown your lawn for the last time, and the bushes have had their final prune of the year, it’s now time to put your tools away. Clean them thoroughly and oil any moving parts. If you use a gasoline powered mower, then it’ll need draining and a bit of oil pulling through it, or you could add some stabilizer to the gasoline and run it for a few minutes to make sure it gets fully though the engine. Also, add some stabilizer to your gasoline can so you know it will keep fresh during the winter months.
Other jobs that should be on your list are unplugging hosepipes, turning off and servicing sprinkler systems, and anything else that might fail due to freezing. Once you have got into the habit of these yearly checks you shouldn’t have to worry about any big bills.

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