The spring cleaning frenzy that occurs every year has long since come to an end. The hectic schedule of summer activities and social events is starting to wind down. And with that, the time has come to put your feet up, relax, and take advantage of the brisk autumn air, the fireplace, the toasted marshmallows, and the long evenings spent at home.
Well, not just yet. In Raleigh, there are still some important home maintenance tasks you need to perform this fall.
Before the harsh weather of winter sets in, you should get these maintenance tasks taken care of as soon as possible. If you wait too long, difficult weather conditions and already busy contractors may make it even more difficult for them to complete their tasks. This autumn, there are a few different areas in your house that could use some TLC, so let’s take a look at them!
Even though the weather is still warm, one of the first things you should do to take care of your home in Raleigh this fall is to check your furnace and heating system carefully. This is important for both efficiency and safety. Most likely, late August is the best time to make sure your furnace is working well.
Changing out the filter should be the very first thing you do. The next step, which is an important one, is to clean the ducts in the areas where you can (though this may require the services of a professional). Having a trained expert examine your heating system on a regular basis is another important step that should be taken as part of the preventative maintenance performed on it. This will ensure that the system is operating at its most efficient level while also minimizing any potential risks. It is preferable to identify smaller issues now before they develop into more significant, expensive, and inconvenient issues in the future.
Fireplace and Chimneys
Another important aspect of maintenance is ensuring that your chimney and fireplace do not present any potential dangers to people using the space. You do want to be able to listen to the sound of the fire crackling while having some peace of mind, don’t you?
The buildup of creosote can be a hazardous and significant threat to health and safety, as well as a potential cause of a catastrophic fire. If you are unsure of how to check for and then remove creosote buildup, you should most likely hire the services of an experienced chimney sweep.
Even though water lines are technically inside your home, water supply lines that are located in exterior walls have a risk of freezing when the temperature drops below freezing. If you put in a little bit of effort now, you can avoid hugely inconvenient and messy problems later on when winter is in full swing.
Sp let’s say that the water lines for your kitchen sink are located on an exterior wall directly below the sink (which is often the case). There are two options available to you, and they are both simple and affordable to carry out. Taking the simple step of insulating these supply lines with material made specifically for that function will unquestionably be an effective measure against freezing. Even more advantageous would be to wrap those lines with heat tape, provided that there is a handle electrical outlet nearby.
Gutters and Downspouts
The majority of us rake up the leaves that have fallen during the autumn in our yards, but sometimes we forget about the gutters and downspouts, which can lead to problems during the heavy rains that occur in the spring. In the long run, that could turn out to be a very pricey oversight.
Water will be forced to run down behind the gutters and onto the fascia board if the gutters and downspouts are obstructed, which will eventually cause the fascia board to rot and require replacement. Before the start of the rainy season in the fall, check to see that your gutters and downspouts are clear of obstructions and are functioning normally.
Checking the roof is the most important home maintenance task you should complete this fall in Raleigh and is the most frequently overlooked. But this is not the case.
Water can be forced into places on your roof (even uphill) that it would normally never get to if the winter winds are particularly strong and there is a lot of snow and freezing rain. Checking your roof, in the fall season, for damaged or missing shingles or tiles is the best time of year to do so. In the event that you do find any issues, it is recommended that you get in touch with a roofing contractor as soon as possible.
Now that you’ve taken care of these 5 home maintenance tasks you should do this fall in Raleigh, you can now relax and enjoy your time off with peace of mind and a sense of security. Still, these are only the basic tasks.