Are you starting to get that feeling that it’s time to “fall back” and you can’t remember when? Afraid you’ll show up to work one Monday and realize you’re an hour early? Dying to know when you get that extra hour of sleep? Daylight Savings 2014 ends on November 2nd at 2 am, and we all are reminded to fall back not spring forward.
The end of Daylight Savings signifies that fall has arrived and winter will soon be here. When the fall season hits, it is time to start preparing your home for the winter season. Fall maintenance will help maintain your home for the coming months, making it a more comfortable and safe environment for you and your family. Among these are:
Check Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
- Check to see that all of your detection devices are working properly and replace the batteries.
Gutters and Downspouts -Clean gutters and downspouts frequently throughout fall to prevent build up of leaves and other debris. Neglected gutters can lead to wood rot problems and pest infestations, not to mention ruined gutters.
Windows and Doors -Change summer screens to cool weather storm windows and doors. -Inspect and repair any loose or damaged window or door frames. -Install weather stripping or caulking around windows and doors to prevent drafts and to lower heating bills.
Heating Systems -Replace the filter in your furnace. -Consider having a heating professional check your heating system to ensure optimal performance and discover minor problems before they turn into costly major repairs.
Chimney and Fireplace -Call a professional in to inspect and clean your chimney. Fireplaces that are regularly used during the season should have an annual cleaning to prevent dangerous chimney fires.
Outside Water Spigots
-It’s time to shut off the access to any outside water. Doing so can prevent the freezing of the outdoor pipes around hoses and other outdoor water valves. Also, when you do this, unfasten any hoses or other devices attached to outside water valves. These should be stored away until spring.