So far the year 2020 has been much different than other years. However, one thing that has remained the same is how quickly the summer has gone. Fall is right around the corner and there are some home maintanence chores all responsible homeowners should handle.
Be sure the gutters are free of any debris
This will probably be a constant chore throughout the next few months as the leaves fall, but it is very important to ensure gutters are clear. Water run off from fall rain can infiltrate your roof if there are blockage in the gutters. This will also help you prevent ice buildup when snow returns.
Check your clothes dryer vent(s) and schedule an HVAC maintenance appointment
Time to have a C-DET certified vent tech check your dryer vent(s) and verify the airflow through the vent! Also, have your appliance repair technician clean inside your dryer housing. Even though many air conditioners are still running, it’s a great time to think about your A/C filters and have the A?C serviced and cleaned.
Ensure that the chimney is clean
For homeowners lucky enough to have chimneys and enjoy crackling fires throughout the winter, now is the time to prep. Be sure to take care of any lingering build up from last season or hire professional chimney sweep. Much like having your furnace serviced, you will want to be ready when those cold drafts start coming around.
Inspect the roof
Missing, loose or damaged shingles are never a good thing. Get on your roof before it gets too slippery and examine it in depth. Make sure the shingles are in good condition so you don’t experience any leaks this coming fall and winter.
Clean the windows and screens
With weather still being mild, it is a great time to clean the inside and outside of windows. Dirt, bugs and pet nose prints can obscure the view and look really bad. Clean windows and window screens will help you appreciate the beautiful colors that fall will bring.
Clean the dust from the vents, ceiling fans, dryer vents and the stove hood. Doing so will reduce the risk of a house fire and help with any allergies.
Power wash siding
Dirt and mildew can build up on siding, it is a great time to take advantage of warmer days by power washing your house. Power washers can be bought or rented for those more into do-it-yourself, but beware of damaging siding in the process. If you are uncomfortable with this chore, contact a professional.
Clean out the garbage cans
Much like powerwashing the house, it is a great time to take advantage of warmer weather and clean your garbage cans. This will help get rid of any existing odor. Rinse the cans out and let them dry upside down.
Seal and caulk all the windows. This is a simple task, yet it could possibly save thousands of dollars. This keeps the moisture out of window seals. If moisture enters the home, it could escalate into bigger issues.
Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that consumers test their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors every month to ensure they are properly working. Smoke alarms should be placed on every level of the home, inside each bedroom, and outside sleeping areas. If you do not have a carbon monoxide detector, be sure to get one. These should also be installed on every level of the home and outside sleeping areas.
Be well, be safe and be kind! Cindy Akana/Owner Shakasweepers.com