Autumn Maintenance Tips from a Restoration Company
Here at Restoration Management Company, we are so excited for the fall season, but we also know that means preparation for the Winter Season. As the season transitions from hot summer days to cool fall nights, follow these must-do fall maintenance tips to keep your house, property, or business in tip-top shape.
- Clean and replace filters in your furnace or heating system – contact a licensed heating contractor to inspect and service your gas heater or furnace to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Your local utility company will often provide this service for free.
- If you use a hot water system for heating, drain the expansion tank, check the water pressure, and bleed your radiators.
- Check the attic to make sure the insulation is installed properly. The vapor barrier on insulation should face down toward the living space. If it is installed incorrectly (with the vapor barrier facing up) then the insulation will trap moisture causing possible water problems.
Check for Pests
- Pests love attics because they are full of nice warm insulation for nesting, and they offer easy access to the rest of the house. With gable vents that lead into the attic, it is a good idea to install a screen behind them to keep those critters out.
- Even after closing off those entryways, pests can still find a way in. The first place to check for any unwanted guests is under the kitchen cupboards and appliances.
- If you have a wood-burning fireplace and plan to order wood for the fall/winter months, don’t store large quantities of wood directly against your house which can encourage pests. Also, cover the woodpile from rain.
- Consider a chimney cap with screened sides. This can prevent critters from getting in and helps protect your roof from burning embers.
- Each fall, check carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms and put in fresh batteries. These are very important detectors to have at your properties, homes, and businesses. While a smoke alarm can save lives in a fire, a carbon monoxide detector can also save lives if there are oil or gas-burning appliances (like a furnace or water heater.) Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless byproduct of burning oil or natural gas, and it can be deadly. For just a few dollars, a carbon monoxide detector will sound an alarm if the levels get too high. Always install carbon monoxide detectors according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Generally, they should be installed near each potential source of carbon monoxide, and within earshot of the living and sleeping areas.
- Have your wood-burning fireplace inspected, cleaned, and repaired to prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Check the expiration date on fire extinguishers and replace them if necessary.
House and Building Maintenance
- Add or replace old and worn weather stripping to retain heat and stop drafts.
- Inspect the roof and clean out gutters.
- Clean out the clothes dryer vent to prevent possible fire and inspect and replace washing machine hoses, if needed, to avoid water leaks
- Change your filters.
- Look for drafts in the building
- Drain your outdoor faucets. Drain and disconnect all garden hoses from outside spigots to prevent any water freezing. Not doing this can result in pipes bursting
Most Importantly: Set your clocks back on November 7th and don’t forget to contact RMC if you notice any signs of water damage or mold while doing your fall maintenance checks!