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Leaves - Fall To Do List

Fall is the perfect time to take care of big home repair projects before shorter days and the weather grows colder. It’s important to prepare for the winter months which can make outdoor work too difficult and to help prevent costly damage. Take some time this fall to boost energy efficiency throughout your home, and prevent damage from winter storms with proper tree care. Below are the fall preventative home maintenance steps that every homeowner should follow and can rest easy knowing that your home and yard are buttoned up and ready for winter.

Baseball Stuck in Leaf Covered Gutters

1. Gutters and downspouts

Clean frequently throughout fall to prevent build up of leaves and other debris. Neglected gutters can lead to wood rot problems, pest infestations, damaged roof and siding.

Man Placing Caulking Around Doors

2. Windows and doors

Inspect and repair any loose or damaged window or door frames. Installing weather stripping or caulking around windows and doors can help prevent drafts and help lower heating bills.

3. Heating systems

Replace furnace filter and clean ducts to better your heating system's efficiency as well as to reduce household dust and to provide relief to those with respiratory problems. Have a professional from Reddick & Sons check your heating system to ensure optimal performance and discover any minor problems before they turn into costly major repairs.

Steps To Clean A Clogged Dryer Vents

4. Clean dryer vents

Lint buildup can cause your dryer to work less efficiently and can even cause a fire. Cool, dry fall weather can increase static electricity, which can ignite lint build up.

Woman Checking Smoke Detector

5. Check safety devices

Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors; replace batteries as needed.

Chimney Cleaning

6. Prep chimney

Call a professional at SweepMasters to inspect and clean your chimney. Fireplaces that are regularly used during the season should have an annual cleaning to prevent dangerous chimney fires.

Raking Leaves

7. Rake leaves

As leaves begin to begin to fall, rake regularly to keep the lawn healthy and deter snakes.

Broken Tree Branch

8. Care for trees and shrubs

Check for branches that interfere with power lines or come too close to the roof.

Stocked Pantry

9. Perform pantry audit

Check for any expired items.

Hole in Brick

10. Seal gaps where critters can enter

Fill any small holes or cover any larger gaps securely with heavy-duty hardware cloth to keep the wildlife outdoors.

Cracked Walkway

11. Check walkways, railings, stairs, and driveway for winter safety

Make navigating around your home easier by checking that all stairs and walkways are in good shape and you have sturdy railings, and that the driveway is in good repair to make shoveling easier.

Emergency Kit & Supplies

12. Stock up on winter supplies

Fall is the time to prepare with snow shovels, ice scrappers, pet friendly ice melt if needed, and to restock your car and home emergency kits.

Garden Gloves, Hose, and Flashlight

13. Drain and store garden hoses

Shut off exterior faucets to protect your pipes from freezing. Drain hoses and store them indoors.

Cleaning Supplies

14. Deep-clean the kitchen

Take a day to tackle the more intensive cleaning tasks to keep your kitchen working efficiently and looking great.

Roof Missing Shingles

15. Inspect roof

Fall is a great time to do this because you’ll definitely want your roof in good shape before winter sets in and the snow makes it difficult to fix any problems.Look for signs of water damage, loose flashing, rotting or damaged shingles, etc.

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