These 6 fall maintenance projects that save you money on energy costs and can help to protect your home from the harsh New England winter.
After all of the leaves have come down, inspect and clean gutters and downspouts. If gutters are clogged dangerous ice dams can form.
Inspect the roof for loose, damaged, or missing shingles, corroded flashings, or leaky vents. If any problems are found contact your local roofing professional to fully assess the condition of your roof.
Even if you only use your fireplace sparingly, you should inspect it every year for hazards and damage. There could be creosote buildup, flue blockages, a damaged damper or flue cap. Have your chimney checked by a professional chimney sweep and cleaned if necessary.
Check weather-stripping and caulk around all windows and doors. A home air leaks around windows and doors can see their heating bills increase by about 10% (according to the U.S. Department of Energy). Weather-stripping and caulk is a simple and cost-effective project to reduce your energy costs.
Damaged driveways and walkways can be an expensive hazard. Small cracks can turn into big problems when the weather becomes icy. Filling those small cracks in the fall can help prevent further problems in the winter.
With temperatures reaching below freezing in Western MA, you need to take steps to ensure that outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems don’t freeze and burst. Close any shut-off valves, blow the sprinkler system free of water, and remove all garden hoses.