As summer comes to a close, this time of the year is ideal for homeowners to establish a fall home maintenance checklist.
1. Turn off exterior faucets. Undrained water in pipes can freeze easily which will cause pipes to burst as the ice expands. If you don’t have frost-proof faucets (homes more than 10 to 15 years typically don’t), turn off the shut-off valve inside your home.
2. Remove leaves around your outside air conditioning unit and clean your gutters. The HVAC unit is likely your home’s largest operating system so keep it cleaned!! Leaves clogging your gutters can cause big problems any time durning the year, and during the cooler months, leaves can potentially cause water to backup into your attic and even your basement, so get them cleaned out.
3. Schedule a furnance tune-up. A furnance tune-up not only includes cleaning that keeps your furnance running efficiently, but it also catches small problems before they turn into big problems. Also a good idea to check your batteries in your smoke/carbon monoxide detector in your home.
4. Cover any landscaping that needs winter protection with mulch