The yearly, frenzied bout of spring cleaning is long over. The hectic schedule of summer activities and social events is winding down. And, now, it’s about time to kick back and enjoy the crisp fall air, the fireplace, the toasted marshmallows, and the long evenings at home. Fall in Utah is an amazing time of the year.
Well, not just yet. There still remain some important home maintenance tasks you should complete this fall in Salt Lake City.
You really should take care of these Fall Home Repairs now before winter hits hard. If you wait too long, harsh weather and busy contractors may make it even tougher to get these tasks done. Let’s take a look at several areas in your home that deserve a little attention this fall before there is ice everywhere.
Even though the weather is still mild, one of the first home maintenance tasks you should complete this fall in Salt Lake City, is to thoroughly check out your furnace and heating system – for both efficiency and safety reasons. Late September is probably the best time to make sure of your furnace’s optimal functioning. Mostly because the professional HVAC people are a little slower this time of year.
The very first step is to replace the filter. And then a good second step is to clean ducts where you can (though this may require the services of a professional). Another recommended part of heating-system maintenance is to call in a professional to go over your the system to ensure optimal, as well as safe, performance. It’s better to catch small problems now before they turn into larger costly – and cold – ones later on. It is even a good time to service your A/C for next year. It will save you a little cash to service your furnace and A/C at the same time.
Fireplace and Chimneys
Another important maintenance task is making sure your fireplace and chimney don’t present any safety hazards. You do want to enjoy that crackling fire with some peace of mind, don’t you? This tip is for people with wood burning stoves or fireplaces.
Creosote build-up can present a grave safety hazard that can be the source of a devastating fire. If you’re not sure how to inspect for and then clean creosote build-up, you should probably use the services of an experienced chimney sweep.
While they are technically inside your house, water-supply lines in exterior walls can be susceptible to freezing during cold snaps. Just a little effort now can prevent hugely inconvenient and messy problems in the heart of winter when we get those 0 degree nights a couple times a year.
So let’s say the water lines for your kitchen sink are under the sink on an exterior wall (which is often the case). There are two things you can do, both of them fairly easy and inexpensive. Simply wrapping these supply lines with insulation designed for this purpose will be a definite freeze-prevention step. Even better would be to wrap those lines, if you have a convenient electrical outlet nearby, with heat tape. So any water supply lines right by an exterior wall need to be protected.
Gutters and Downspouts
Most of us rake up fall’s fallen leaves in the yard, but sometimes we forget about the gutters and downspouts till the heavy rains of the following spring. And over the long haul, that can be a costly oversight. If you have trees with limbs that overhang your roof, check your gutters.
Clogged gutters and downspouts will cause water to back up and run down behind the gutters and onto the fascia board, leading to rot and eventual replacement. So before the fall rainy season hits, make sure your gutters and downspouts are free of debris and draining properly. Plus, when it starts to freeze, water will not back up and freeze in your down spouts.
Of all home maintenance tasks, you should complete this fall in Salt Lake City, checking the roof is the one most often neglected. But it shouldn’t be.
Strong winter winds, heavy snow, and the freeze thaw cycle can force water into places on your roof (even uphill) where it would normally never get. Fall, then, is the time to check your roof for broken or missing shingles or tiles. If you do detect any problems, it may be a good idea to call in a roofing contractor.
With these 5 home maintenance tasks, you should complete this fall in Salt Lake City taken care of, you can now – with peace of mind and a sense of security – relax and enjoy. Still, these are just the basic tasks.