If you live in SoCal and especially the Beach Cities, then you don’t need much as far as fall and winter maintenance. Some days it seems that summer is the only season. While that is not all bad we do hope for some cooler temps and a lot of rain. That means that we have a few things that will need to be done whether on not the temperature dips. This is a great time of year to finish those home maintenance projects you’ve been meaning to get to as well as regular maintenance chores.
Clean drains and gutters
We know this isn’t your favorite job, but it must be done. Once your trees have shed their leaves, it’s time to clean out the gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters can damage your roof and siding and cause water to seep into the foundation. Get up on the ladder and get them cleaned out.. you never know we just might get a big rainstorm! Ground drains can clog with debris and even plants. A check on drains and gutters now will save money in the long run.
Clean and stow garden tools
Give all your garden tools like spades, shovels, and pruning shears a good cleaning. This is something we should all do periodically, especially if they will be used all year.
Keep out the cold air by sealing cracks around your home’s exterior. Look for gaps between trim and siding, around doors and windows, and anywhere pipes or wires enter the house. Spread a small bead of caulk in these areas to keep the cold air from getting inside. You’ll stay warm and save money on your heating bills.
Check smoke detectors
The best time to check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors is during the change of the seasons. If you want to remember every year, have it coincide with daylight savings time. Replace batteries as needed. It is also a good idea to check your fire extinguishers to make sure they have not expired.
Clean the fireplace
If you’re looking forward to cozy nights around the fire, then now is the time to have your fireplace cleaned. While newer construction is limited to gas fireplaces it is a good idea to have your fireplace checked every few years if you still have a wood burning fireplace. Make sure the damper opens properly and that there are no animals nesting inside. You should also have the creosote cleaned every two years. Make an appointment to have yours professionally cleaned if it’s time. As time goes by you may need some repairs to the inside of the chimney If your home is over 25 years old and has a woodburning fireplace call one of our local chimney folks to do a quick inspect.
Clean dryer vents
Lint can get trapped inside your dryer vents, which could cause a fire. Static electricity, more prevalent during cold, dry weather, can ignite lint. Fall is the best time to clean those dryer vents. This is one of those “minor” things that should be done every year.
Check the furnace
You’ll want to stay nice and toasty warm this winter. Head off any potential problems by having your furnace serviced now. A professional can complete a check-up of your furnace for around $100 to make sure it’s in tip-top shape. In addition, change your furnace filters.