FALL Home Maintenance

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Fall is right around the corner…and so is winter! Here are a couple of things to work on this fall season to take care of your home!

  • Check weather stripping on all doors and windows and repair as needed: this one will require a trip to your local hardware store, but it’s well worth not having a draft! See how to install weather stripping on a door here or a window here

  • Patch and seal driveway (asphalt or concrete), and concrete steps/landings: for asphalt repair see here for concrete here

  • Check tuckpointing on all brick areas, then seal masonry with a silicone sealant

  • Check all areas that need to be caulked, and repair as needed: did you know there are different types of caulk? And you should use the right caulk for the right job, see here

  • Make sure all garage floor or driveway drains are flowing properly

  • Clear gutters of leaves, check for leaks, repair as needed: we have a guy for that! Call Ed from Best Roofing at 260-450-0911.

  • Inspect the roof for loose or missing shingles, and check flashing seals; repair as needed: Need help? Ed can help do that too! 260-450-0911.

  • Clean and reseal decks, fences, or other structures made of pressure-treated wood: did you know you can rent a pressure washer from Home Depot?

  • Lubricate garage door tracks: have you ever done that? Try it now it’s pretty easy - see this for some help

  • Prune bushes, trees, and shrubs: if you don’t have the time or energy, we recommend checking out Paragon, a local landscaper

  • Have furnace checked or tuned up, and change filter; have boiler checked every few years (every year if boiler is more than 20 years old) Masters Heating and Cooling does a great job, see here!

  • Have the chimney cleaned (yearly, if wood burning, every 5 years if just for gas appliances): Todd is local and can help you out, see his site here!

  • Check damper in the fireplace for obstructions, such as birds’ nests: here’s how!

  • Drain off sediment from hot water tank and steam heating system: see here for how to!

  • Add copper sulfate to basement floor drain and downspout drains to control tree roots in main sewer: see here for what copper sulfate does!

We have a robust free app full of contractors and local vendors to fill every need you can think of! Check it out here! Can’t find something you need, give us a call, we’d love to help you find exactly what you need!

Sabrina Medert