With winter coming, the following things are always good to do each fall-
- After leaves have fallen, clean the gutters to keep water flowing away from the house.
- Remove garden hoses from outdoor faucets/bibs, drain and store hoses, and shut off the water.
- Check caulking anywhere two different materials meet. Specifically, check wood siding joining the foundation wall and where window or door trim meets the siding.
- Check for broken or cracked glass and damaged screens or storm windows.
- Insulate pipes in crawl spaces and attics.
- Have the chimney flue inspected and cleaned by a certified chimney sweep. Also, inspect the damper.
- Remove bird nests from chimney flues and outdoor electrical fixtures.
- Run all gas-powered lawn equipment until the fuel is gone.
- Clean, repair and store outdoor furniture.
- Trim tree branches that hang over the roof or gutters.
- Mulch around bulbs, shrubs and trees to prevent drastic soil temperature change from destroying plant root systems.
- Check the reversing/safety mechanism on garage door operators.
- Inspect the roof for missing or damaged shingles and repair.
- If you have a pool, check the pool cover for damage and repair or replace if necessary.
- Make sure the seal between your garage door and the ground is tight. Add a layer of weather stripping if necessary.
- Have your heating system inspected and cleaned by a certified professional, and remember to change your furnace filters regularly.
- Change the direction of ceiling fans to create an upward draft that redistributes warm air from the ceiling.
- Test and change the batteries in all smoke detectors.
- Empty all soil from outdoor pots and planters.
And stock up on hot chocolate and red wine!