Even though the weather might still be in the low 80s, fall is fast approaching Florida. Just like spring cleaning, there are a number of ways homeowners can make sure their home is in great condition for the cooler winter months. These few steps can help you avoid issues that can lead to costly repairs and keep your home safe.
1) Clean Your Gutters:
With all the falling leaves and pine needles, it’s easy for gutters to become clogged in later summer and early fall. Unfortunately, overflowing water from clogged gutters can cause serious damage. Make sure any moss and debris is removed from the corners of the roof and be sure that water can freely drain from your gutters before fall arrives.
2) Check Your Smoke Alarms:
With the holidays around the corner, you are likely to be doing lots of cooking, baking, or even having fires at home. Take the time to ensure that your smoke alarms are functioning properly and replace defective alarms or batteries to ensure your family’s safety.
3) Check Window/Door Seals and Install Weather Stripping:
Improperly sealed doors and windows are one of the biggest money drains homeowners face. Close all your exterior doors, then try sliding a piece of paper through the seals. If it fits, you probably need additional weather-stripping.
4) Check Your Roof:
Florida fall also brings lots of rain, so be sure to take a good look at your roof for any missing or damaged shingles and have them repaired quickly. Unable to get on the roof yourself? Have it professionally inspected, or grab a pair of binoculars for a closer look from the ground.
5) Trim Your Trees:
Fall is the perfect time for rats, squirrels, and the like to make your attic their home. You can avoid unwanted houseguests by making sure that your trees are properly trimmed so there is no access to the surface of your roof.
6) Clean Your Hot Water Heater:
This is a simple task you can take care of on your own. All you have to do is drain the water heater and let is empty completely. This will keep sediment from building up and remove any that has built up in the past.
7) Have Your HVAC Serviced:
Most companies recommend having your HVAC serviced twice a year: in the spring, and in the fall. This routine service will help extend the life of your unit and it will also expose any issues before temperatures become extreme.
We are always happy to help our clients with the process of maintaining their homes for years to come and are happy to put them in touch with trusted local service providers. Give us a call today for more information or with any questions!