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Things to Do for Fall

filed under: Informational posted on September 23rd, 2015

Cincinnati Fall MaintenanceThings to do for fall will help you get a head start on “prepping your property” for seasonal changes.  Summer is finally winding down and as pumpkins start appearing on front porches you know autumn just around the corner. Now is the time to complete some fall maintenance tasks on your home or condo.  Getting a head start on seaonal maintenance is important to keep things running smoothly.

Some suggestions of things to do for fall:

HVAC
It’s best to have your heating system checked and ready to go before you need it. Have a professional periodically inspect the system exhaust vent for rust, damage or deterioration. Also check the fan belt for any cracks or fraying. Check and change the filters monthly, or with new filters make sure you don’t forget to change every 3-5 months. Scheduling and sticking to an annual maintenance check-up during the fall may eliminate nasty surprises when the bitter cold weather hits.

Faucets-Indoor
Some articles warn if you’ve noticed decreased water coming from kitchen or bathroom faucets and shower heads, they may just need to be cleaned. Try removing and soaking faucet heads and showerheads in a solution of warm water and vinegar. If that doesn’t work, they may need replacing or you may need to call a qualified repair professional to diagnose the problem.

Faucets- Outdoor
It’s too soon to unhook exterior hoses from faucets-but make sure you disconnect everything before the freeze hits. Fall is a good time to check exterior faucets for leaks and make sure things are in good repair before winter.

Fireplace and Chimney
Check around the fireplace and chimney for loose bricks or missing mortar. Have your chimney professionally cleaned so that it is safe to use as soon as the weather gets colder.  If you have an electric starter for a gas fireplace-it’s time to make sure the starter is working and probably clean the inside of the glass door-so you can enjoy a fire on the next cool evening.

Gutters
Clear leaves and debris from your home’s exterior gutters to avoid damaging clogs and dams and to keep water draining properly.  Clogged gutters often cause water problems in basements so a good cleaning now with a final check after the last leaves hit the ground.

Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Test your home’s smoke alarms to make sure they are operational, and change out the batteries.  This task should be done at least once a year and checking carbon monoxide detectors before you turn the furnace on in cooler weather is a  great way to head off problems.

Nobody I know loves doing maintenance but if you think about proactively getting ahead of potential problems in late fall and during winter.

 

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