Home Maintenance for Autumn in New Jersey
With the changes in temperature and weather, maintenance of your home is different in each season. Taking the time to ready your home for colder weather makes good sense. Some basic autumn home maintenance can be accomplished now while the weather is still relatively mild.
Checking the Roof/Gutters/Downspouts
Don’t forget about your roof. If ignored, roof repairs can become a very costly expenditure. Roof issues can also result in insurance costs rising. Clear debris from the roof, gutters and downspouts. Check shingles or whatever material your roof is made of to be sure it is in good shape. Also check the flashing around a chimney and any openings for leaks.
Filters need replacement
If you have air conditioning change the air filters. Wall units should be covered with waterproof material. Filters in stove vents and clothes dryers should also be checked and probably replaced. Since you will be spending your time indoors now, making these changes can help with allergies too! A certified home inspector can assess the indoor air quality of your home if you suffer from allergies.
Fireplaces and Chimneys Need Cleaning
Before you consider having fires in your fireplace it should be cleared of old ashes. The chimney should be freed of creosote buildup, and the flu cleaned. These jobs are best done by a professional chimney sweep. Have them check for chimney cracks and leaks too.
A Good Time to Drain the Water Heater
Hard water can cause sediment to build in your water tank. Now, before it gets cold is a good time to drain the tank and check for debris. If your tank is old or rusty it should probably be replaced. A rusty old tank is not energy efficient.
Turn Off Outside Water Taps
All outdoor water spigots should be drained and turned off before the cold sets in. Check hoses that might need replacing before next spring. It is also a good idea to think about insulating any water pipes that may have exposure to extreme cold, such as those near exterior walls.
Lawn Care Now
It can be helpful to fertilize your lawn now to try to prevent damage from the cold weather. This way the lawn has a healthier start in the Spring.
Home Inspection is Always in Season
It is also a good idea to have a professional home inspection before winter sets in. An experienced home inspector can inform you of any prospective problems that might arise in the colder weather. Aurora Home Inspections LLC is highly qualified and educated in the field and offers a comprehensive evaluation of the condition of your home. Our inspection reports come replete with photographs and a full roster of benefits that are included with every inspection. Call us today for a home inspection consultation! We can be reached at (201) 476-9200.