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Annual Fall Maintenance Every Homeowner Should Do

Annual Fall maintenance is important to help keep your home in good shape all fall and winter long. Fall is actually the perfect time of year to perform some routine maintenance on your home, it’s after the blazing temperatures of summer and before cold, rainy weather sets in winter. Prevention by way of routine maintenance is the best way to protect your home against all kinds of disasters and ensure that all of your homes mechanical systems are working as efficiently as possible.

#1 Check Your Roof

It is important to check your roof as part of your annual Fall maintenance. Over the course of the year, a lot of debris can get trapped up on your roof, like leaves and pine needles. This should be cleaned off to prevent extra weight and also deterioration. You should also inspect your roof for any week spots, or damaged tiles/shingles and make the necessary repairs before the rainy season arrives.

#2 Clean and Check Gutters and Drain Spouts

Gutters and drain spouts are designed to divert rainwater away from the foundation of your home. If damaged or clogged you could have an issue with flooding which can lead to structural damage. Clean out gutters and make sure there is no obstruction that will deter the flow of water. Also, check downspouts to make sure they are in good shape and free from damage.

#3 HVAC Maintenance

As part of your annual Fall maintenance, you should have your HVAC serviced. This will include a thorough inspection to make sure everything is in good working order. This is a good time to replace any necessary parts and clean and lubricate parts as well. Having your air ducts cleaned and filters replaced is also a good idea to allow for air to flow freely and improve the air quality of your home.

#4 Water Heater

Regular maintenance is a must for your water heater to protect the integrity of your water heater and help your water heater work efficiently all winter long. This involves inspecting the water heater for any visible signs of damage like sediment buildup. This is time to replace, clean, and lubricate any worn-out parts and also drain some of the water out of the tank. This helps prevent sediment buildup and increase the longevity of your water heater.

#5 Drain Cleaning

Fall is a great time to have your drains cleaned as well. During the Fall and Winter months, many homeowners entertain a lot, especially over the Holidays. Having your drains cleaned before you head into heavy entertaining months is a good idea to prevent any unnecessary clogs.

#6 Leak Detection

Leak detection is another important part of your annual Fall maintenance. Leaks can account for a huge amount of water wasted, not to mention the unwanted water damage that can harm the integrity of your home and also cost a lot in repairs. Check under the sinks, around tubs and showers, around all water-using appliances, and check all faucets and shower-heads. Make repairs right away. It is also important to be in tune with the signs of a hidden leak. Scrutinize water bills for any unexplained hikes, and learn to recognize other signs of leaks; for example, the sound of rushing or dripping water. Proactive leak detection can help save you thousands in wasted water and repairs.