As the Winter months approach, these Fall days of 70 degree weather are great times to get things done around your home and to also enjoy the beautiful Indian Summers, here in Colorado.
1. Get in the gutter
Since the gutters are likely to get a lot of action in the fall and winter months thanks to falling leaves, you'll want to clean them out before it becomes a problem. Walk gutters near the ground and on the roof starting near the downspout, and remove leaf pile-up with use of a trowel or shovel. Once complete, check that rivets and gutter spikes are secure and replace any that have washed away or seem to be loose. Pressure wash for an extra-clean gutter area, paying attention to any potential leaking.
2. Prepare your pipes
Circumvent frozen pipes by wrapping any exposed areas with heat tape or insulation. Frost-proof spigots with a faucet insulator and shut off any unnecessary water supply.
3. Roof repair
Autumn is the season for high winds, heavy rains and even snowstorms. With that being said, it is pertinent that you check your roof for curling, loose or missing shingles. Be sure to pay extra attention to roof valleys, as this is where rainfall and snow tend to collect. Replace any missing or damaged shingles to avoid a potential collapse. If you have a tiled roof, search for cracked or chipped tiles and replace as needed.
4. Seal ‘er in
With potential snow and below-zero-degree winds, it is important to check your windows and doorways for possible leaks or cracks in the class or gaps in seals, as an inefficiency can account for a 10 percent increase in your heating bill. Pay extra attention to the foundation in your home, as this is where critters are likely to sneak in searching for warmth. (It may also be wise to set traps in the basement to avoid an infestation.) Caulk and weather-strip areas as needed.
5. Heating up
Like anything in your home, your furnace can accumulate quite a bit of dust throughout the year. To help maintain its efficiency, vacuum out your furnace's filter system, blower and motor and replace any required filters. It is beneficial for your HVAC system's durability to remove any particles utilizing a vacuum attachment. It may also be favorable to invest in a professional cleaning.
6. Sweeping for Santa
Chimneys are an especially important cleaning task to check off your to-do list, as a dirty chimney is a potential fire hazard. Schedule a professional chimney sweep to clear out any debris, rodents or built-up creosote.
7. Exchange your doors
If you live in a cooler climate, it may be appropriate to switch out your screen door for a storm door. Gently wipe the screen clean and repair any damage prior to storing in a safe spot in your home.
The AdenBell Group has a whole list of contractors and people who can help you with these or any other projects you may have on your HONEY-DO list.
We recommend Andy at King of Kings Landscaping for any help in that area. We have recommended to our clients and have used his services personally. He is responsive, quality work and a really nice guy. Contact Andy at 303.906.3436
We also recommend Art Kerkezian of ArtWork Homes Colorado for handy man projects. He does just about everything from tile work to drywall to exterior home work. He is also responsive, does great quality work, good hourly rates and is also a really nice guy. Contact Art at 303.726.8476.
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