Your Home Checklist for Fall

Posted on September 17, 2015 in Seasonal Home Tips

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While it’s still pretty warm outside, fall is right around the corner. At P.J. Fitzpatrick, there are a few things we recommend doing before the colder months hit in order to keep your home in great shape. These include:

Prepping your windows

Chilly temperatures are on their way, and the last thing you want is all that cold air seeping into your home and making it colder. Check the caulking and weather stripping on your windows. If it’s cracked or damaged, replace it with fresh caulk or weather stripping. If your windows are old or in bad shape, consider replacing them with new, energy efficient models.

Inspecting your roof

Fall and winter weather can be rough on your roof, and if you have any missing shingles, damaged shingles, holes, or water damage, they’ll only get worse as the cold seasons go on. Schedule a roof inspection appointment with one of our professionals and we’ll make sure that your roof is ready for the cold.

Checking your heating system

Chances are you didn’t use your heating system during the summer, which means it’s been dormant for several months. Before the cold sets in, make sure you replace your HVAC filter and check your heater for any leaks, cracks, and other issues. You don’t want to find out your heater has a problem when you need it most.

Reversing your fans

If your ceiling fans have a “reverse” switch on them, switch it so that they create an upward draft instead of a downward one. This will help distribute the warm air in your home when you turn your heat on.

Sealing your driveway

During freeze-thaw cycles in the winter, the ground underneath your driveway shifts, which can make any cracks or holes it may have worse. Filling in any damage and applying a seal coating can help elongate the life of your driveway and protect it during the colder months. In addition, it’ll give your driveway a bold, beautiful look.

Cleaning your siding

The summer months have brought dirt, dust, and other debris, which means your home’s siding is probably in need of a good wash. At P.J. Fitzpatrick, our Delaware siding experts recommend mixing an ordinary gentle soap with warm water and cleaning it with a soft bristle brush. You can also pressure wash your siding, however, we suggest contacting us before doing so – some siding manufacturers believe pressure washing is too aggressive for their siding.

Making sure you have enough insulation

Insulation is an important part of your home year round, but especially during the colder months. If your home doesn’t have enough insulation or doesn’t have the right kind of insulation, you’ll overwork your heater and waste money trying to keep your home warm. We can assess your insulation situation and install the required amount for your area, if needed.

Winterizing your outdoor spigots

If you have outdoor spigots, you’ll want to winterize them to prevent any water damage to your home. First, disconnect any hoses, splitters, or connections from your spigots. After that, turn off the shut-off valve for each spigot and drain any water in the pipes. Make sure you coil your hoses neatly and store them in your garage or shed.

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