FireplaceWhile your summer fun may be coming to an end, fall is the time of cooler temps and the smell of wood burning fires and warm apple cider. Now that the temperatures are lower, it’s time to take a look around your home and see what needs to be done.

One of the most important actions you should take is cleaning your gutters. Gutters, because they are up high, are easy to ignore. They get filled with dirt and debris from trees, plants and animals, and when they’re clogged, they can cause all kinds of problems. If your gutters get clogged, they can freeze, which can damage them and make them pull away from the house. They can cause damage to the roof and even the foundation, when water doesn’t run through them correctly.

If you want to clean your gutters yourself, it’s not that difficult to do. But you’ll have to climb a ladder and spend a good bit of time up there. Climbing ladders can be dangerous, too. Always make sure you have someone around to hold the ladder and call 911 if you fall. If you don’t want the hassle, you can always hire a pro. According to HomeAdvisor, the average price to clean gutters and downspouts in San Antonio is $126 to $244, and takes one to two days.

While you’re up there checking out your gutters, inspect your roof. Do you have any loose or missing shingles? These can lead to roof leaks in the future, which is bad news for your home. If you have roof damage, call a roofing company to come check it out. They may be able to repair it without adding a whole new roof.

Don’t forget about the inside of your home, too. You need to change the filter on your heating and air conditioning system, if you haven’t lately. It will work more efficiently, and your air will be cleaner. It will also help extend the life of your system.

Call a heating and air conditioning professional to inspect your system and clean it if necessary. This will ensure that your furnace will run smoothly and efficiently over the winter, and your air conditioner will be ready to keep you cool next summer. An inspection doesn’t cost much and can save you a lot more money in the long run.

For safety’s sake, don’t forget to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. These may not prevent a fire, but they will alert you and your family so you can leave the home. The widespread use of these little tools has made fire deaths much lower in the United States. Smoke detectors save lives.

Check for peeling paint around the home. On the outside, paint protects your siding from the weather, and if it peels, it leaves the wood open to damaging moisture. Left unpainted, it can cause major destruction to your siding. On the interior, it’s unsightly, and fall is the best time to paint. The weather is cooler and drier, making optimal conditions for adding a fresh coat.

If you enjoy cuddling up by the fire, don’t neglect your fireplace. Get a pro to come by and clean out your chimney and check for holes. Keeping your chimney clean will prevent fires in your home, which can cause significant damage. Putting a cap on your chimney will prevent animals and debris from getting into your fireplace, too.

With just a little bit of observation and maintenance, your home can be a safe, clean and healthy place to spend the winter, and you’ll prevent more costly repairs down the road.

This article was written for me by Paul Denikin….thanks Paul!  Great advice!

 

Here are the words and the links that correspond to the advice from Paul:
Pixabay – https://pixabay.com/en/blaze-bonfire-burn-burnt-camp-2178749/
cleaning your gutters – http://www.planitdiy.com/how-to/lawn-garden/how-to-clean-your-gutters/
According to Home Advisor – https://homeadvisor.com/tloc/San-Antonio-TX/Gutters-Downspouts-Clean/
inspect your roof – https://www.doityourself.com/stry/inspecting-your-roof
inspect – https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/8-early-fall-home-maintenance-tips-that-are-so-easy_us_57a4e438e4b0ccb02372396b
peeling paint – https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/10-fall-home-maintenance-musts-1676#.Wd-4nWhSxRY
prevent fires – http://montanahomesteader.com/5-tips-prevent-chimney-fire/