7 Essential Fall Home Maintenance Tips

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It’s that time of your again, when nights turn cooler, long sleeves and tall boots return, and football is back on TV. Fall is here, and with it comes new tasks for your home. After the scorching days of summer pass, you’ll need to think ahead for when colder temps will arrive. There are several fall home maintenance to-dos that will ensure you stay warm and your house stays protected.

Paint the exterior of your home

Now that the heat has subsided a bit, it’s a great time to work on some outdoor projects, including any painting that needs to be done on the outside of your home. Whether it’s touching up or refreshing shutters, or tackling larger jobs like siding, the cooler temps make this an ideal task.

Clean out your gutters

The arrival of fall brings the possibility of snow ever closer, so it’s a good idea to make sure your gutters are clear and free of debris. Gutter guards can help make this easier.

Inspect the roof for wear and tear

Ensuring your roof is in tip-top condition is essential to preventing leaks. The moisture from ice and snow can cause damage if it finds its way in through a damaged roof.

Protect exterior water pipes from bursting

We’ve seen the last few years how North Texas gets hit with freezing temperatures. Up in the Northern U.S., homes have basements that keep the pipes warm, but we need to do more to protect them here. You can prevent water from freezing by turning off the valves to the exterior hose bibs and running the water until the pipes are empty.

Clean your fireplace

One of the most comforting things about fall is being able to curl up in front of the fire. Make sure you do it safely by inspecting and cleaning your wood-burning fireplace. Make sure the damper is in the correct position to ensure safety and energy conservation.

Clean and replace filters in your furnace or heating system

Texas may not get as cold as other areas, but we still have our fair share of chilly days! Make sure your heater is ready with new filters that will keep you as toasty as possible.

Check your window seals for leaks and drafts

To make sure you don’t tax your heating system too much, check your door and window seals for drafty areas. Fixing areas where cold air gets in could save you hundreds on your utility bills.

Though we have several more weeks—or months—of warmth ahead for us in Texas, it’s never too early to get started on fall maintenance projects. Arthur Surveying can help with remodeling your house and updating your backyard. Our surveying team can help with any residential land survey work you need for your Dallas or Houston area project. Reach out to Arthur Surveying today!