Five Fixes to Get Your Home Fitted for Fall

It’s finally here!  Many of us in San Antonio have felt the first chill in the air of fall, have spent more hours without running the AC, and maybe even dusted off light jackets!  As fall arrives and winter approaches, now is the time for some home maintenance chores to get your home in shape for the coming change in weather.

First, it’s time to take a closer look at both gas and wood burning fireplaces.  Ideally, it’s best to hire a chimney sweep to inspect your chimney and flue.  Chimney professional’s schedules will fill the closer we get to winter-so call and get them hired sooner rather than later.  Then be sure that the damper is working properly to keep the fireplace closed when not in use throughout the season to avoid cool air entering the home.

If your home has gas used in fireplace, stove, heater or elsewhere it too should be inspected before it gets fired up for the season.  Your home should be equipped with both smoke detectors as well as carbon monoxide detectors to warn of smoke or gas leaking in the home.  Replace batteries and test each detector to be sure they are working properly.  Many people stop at smoke detectors and don’t invest in carbon monoxide detectors and they are crucial to your family’s safety.

Next, it’s time to think about protecting outdoor faucets.  Most homeowners in San Antonio are safe by simply covering faucets since our winters are fairly mild.  Should you have other exposed pipes outdoors, it’s a good idea to cover them as well.  Home improvement stores sell handy devices to easily cover faucets but be warned, by the time the first freeze hits…they tend to run out quickly!

Fourth, check for leaky spots around windows and doors.  Cool air creeping in through gaps can affect both your comfort and your electric bill!  Replace any damaged weather stripping or use caulk to seal up gaps.  If you’re not sure where the gaps are, try burning an incense stick near window and door edges on a windy day and watch for the smoke to move when a breeze blows through.

Finally, it’s the season for gutter work!  Once the leaves have stopped falling spend some time working on your gutters.  Clean out any leaves, pine needles, dirt or branches that may be clogging the gutters or spouts. Then, use a hose to give it a good rinse and to be sure that winter rain will flow through gutters easily.

If you want your home to last for generations, it’s important to do routine maintenance and check-ups around the house.  A little prevention can prevent a lot of repair down the road!

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