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5 Things We Recommend Every Homeowner Do This Fall
Winter is a time when a lot can go wrong within your house, and you may not even notice until the fall. We want to help prevent disasters and improve efficiency and safety, so follow our tips for a happier, healthier home.
Test Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors
One of the most important things you can do this fall (and EVERY month) is to make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are present and running. Simply hold down the button and wait for a loud, irritating alarm you could hear from afar. If you don’t have carbon monoxide detectors in place, get some ASAP!
Inspect Heating Systems
Call your local heating technicians to check out your heating system before winter is in full swing. A quality heating technician will look over your entire heating system and see that everything is in good condition. That way, your home is safer, and your heating equipment may even work more efficiently.
Clean the Gutters
Clean out the gutters now, so that you don’t have problems when the weather gets worse. This includes cleaning downspouts and checking to see if anything needs repair. You don’t want the gutters to become overloaded with ice and debris and potentially break away and fall.
Winterize Outdoor Plumbing
You should definitely think about winterizing your outdoor plumbing ASAP if you haven’t already. Freezing faucets can break away from the wall, resulting in expensive repairs in spring. Shut off the water to the outdoors and open up the faucet to drain it completely. Call a plumber for help winterizing your irrigation system.
Insulating pipes around the home helps to prevent a plumbing disaster later on. No one wants to deal with a burst pipe, so you need to add a protective layer of insulation to your pipes to help keep some warmth in the pipes. This can be done with household materials like newspaper, but actual pipe insulation material—which you can find at a hardware store or from a local plumber—is preferential. Insulate exposed pipe in basements and other areas, and ask a plumber for help if you’re not sure.
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