Leaves have started to fall from the trees and you are probably using a light jacket.
That’s right, it’s official: Fall is in the air. You still have time to finish your late-summer maintenance projects, So don’t wait.
What can you do?
- Check gutters. This is a small task but it can prevent big problems. Leaves can build up and clog the downspouts, which can cause water damage to your roof and fascia (the board behind the gutter). Water pouring over the gutters or from leaks can end up next to your home’s foundation, in the basement or crawlspace. Click here to see how to clean and repair gutter.
- Check for peeling paint. Inspect the siding and foundation for damage before the rain and possible snow gets to the High Desert. Click here to see how to fix the problem from the paint experts of Sherwin_Williams.
- Check your smoke detectors.One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to keep your home safe from fire is by making sure smoke detectors are in working conditions around the house and that they are tested on a regular basis. Smoke Alarms Help Save Lives.
- Get the fireplace ready. Many homeowners mistakenly believe their fireplace does not require any maintenance. The fact is all fireplace types from wood to gas to electric should undergo annual maintenance. For example, gas fireplaces need the fan, pilots and burners checked each year. And wood fireplaces require an inspection and chimney cleaning to remove creosote, which can build up and cause chimney fires. Homeowners should also check the chimney or vent before the season’s first fire to see if birds or animals have built nests in it, or if leaves or other debris have accumulated. At a minimum, homeowners should also install a carbon-monoxide alarm in the same room as the fireplace and another one near the bedrooms.
Once you finish with this projects, you will be ready to relax in your warm, comfortable home.