Well, gang, we can’t put it off any longer. Fall is closing in and we gotta get ready. No one likes chores, but just get a few of these done and thank us later.
1. Do a roof check.
Autumn is the season for high winds, heavy rains and maybe a snowstorm here or there? Is it just us, or does Santa Fe always get a tiny bit of snow right before Halloween and it immediately melts that afternoon? With that being said, make sure to check your roof for curling, loose or missing shingles. Be sure to pay extra attention to roof valleys, as this is where rainfall and snow tend to collect. Replace any missing or damaged shingles to avoid a potential collapse. If you have a tiled roof, search for cracked or chipped tiles and replace as needed.
2. Gutter ’em up.
Since the gutters are likely to get a lot of action in the fall and winter months thanks to falling leaves, you’ll want to clean them out before it becomes a problem. Walk gutters near the ground and on the roof starting near the downspout, and remove leaf pile-up with use of a trowel or shovel. Once complete, check that rivets and gutter spikes are secure and replace any that have washed away or seem to be loose. Pressure wash for an extra-clean gutter area, paying attention to any potential leaking.
3. Seal ‘er in.
With potential snow and some nasty cold winds, it is important to check your windows and doorways for possible leaks or cracks in the class or gaps in seals, as an inefficiency can account for a 10 percent increase in your heating bill. Pay extra attention to the foundation in your home, as this is where critters are likely to sneak in searching for warmth. Caulk and weather-strip areas as needed.
4. In with the old, out with the new.
As hard as it is to admit, summer is officially over. Freshen up your garage and storage shed to make way for summer gear storage including your beloved deck furniture while making your fall and winter home improvement needs accessible (rake, snow shovel, etc.). Drain and coil garden hoses to prolong their life and avoid potential pipe bursts in the winter.
5. It’s getting hot in here.
Like anything in your home, your furnace can accumulate quite a bit of dust throughout the year. To help maintain its efficiency, vacuum out your furnace’s filter system, blower, and motor and replace any required filters. It is beneficial for your HVAC system’s durability to remove any particles utilizing a vacuum attachment. It may also be favorable to invest in a professional cleaning.
6. Chim chiminey, chim chiminey, chim chim cher-ee!
Chimneys are an especially important cleaning task to check off your to-do list, as a dirty chimney is a potential fire hazard. Schedule a professional chimney sweep to clear out any debris, rodents or built-up creosote.
Good luck with the to-do list, gang! You got this!