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Fall Homeowner Maintenance Tips

October 12, 2017

As the air grows colder and the leaves begin to change, it’s time to start considering how you’re going to be maintaining your home. Fall home maintenance is vital, because it’s the last bit of preparation you’re going to do before winter. It must be thorough, and it should address every aspect of your home, ensuring that all aspects are perfectly in place and ready for the incoming chill. Here are some helpful, interesting tips you can use to help you maintain your home for the fall season.

Fall Homeowner Maintenance Tips

Tip #1: Inspect and clean gutters.

Your gutters take a heavy beating during the fall! Make sure they’re clean and prepared for the debris and dead leaves that are bound to follow the season change. If there are any problems, it’s best to get them done sooner and earlier in the season before things get too hectic.

Tip #2: Clean your furnace filter.

The air outside is crisp and clean–keep it that way on the inside, too! Replacing your furnace filter is a frequently overlooked yet vital part of being a homeowner. Clean air is healthy and enjoyable, so take this opportunity to freshen up.

Tip #3: Check your roof for imperfections.

When the leaves begin to fall, they land on your roof, leading to giant piles of decaying organic matter just sitting atop your home. It only makes matters worse when heavy mounds of snow fall during winter. To prepare, ensure your roof is in top shape and able to handle the incoming abuse.

Tip #4: Pay attention to pipe insulation.

The last thing you want to have to deal with is a burst frozen pipe. In late fall and winter, these are unfortunately common occurrences for those who don’t prepare for the worst. To prepare, you can contact your local Sykesville plumber to come and insulate your pipes, ensuring they’re ready to face the cold that’s coming their way.

Tip #5: Check fireplaces and wood stoves.

Before you crank up the heat or light up a cozy fire, check to make sure both of these areas are safe for use. Buildup of soot can cause fire hazard issues. If you really want to be thorough, consider hiring a chimney sweep to make sure it’s all in peak condition before you sit next to your open fire.

Tip #6: Prepare your sump pump.

The fall season brings with it quite a bit of rain. An excess of rain can flood your basement if your sump pump isn’t working correctly! Bring in a professional plumber to check out the equipment. You certainly don’t want to run into any issues surrounding water damage.

Call Michael Runk Plumbing & Heating today for your fall plumbing maintenance needs!

For 20 years, Michael Runk Plumbing & Heating has proudly served Eldersburg and its surrounding areas. Do you have a plumbing problem? Give us a call, and we can solve it for you. Our years of plumbing expertise allows us to be attentive, detail-oriented, and customer driven. Your satisfaction is important to us! Call us at 410-781-6791 to start working with us.

 


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