Debris Filled Gutters
Welcoming in the change of seasons often brings with it necessary maintenance around the house. Having a specific list from your local Home Inspector Albuquerque of priority type projects to complete around the house can help to save you time, energy and money in the long run. Attending to these tasks on an annual basis is a good practice for maintaining the longevity of your property’s many different systems, as well as keeping you warm and safe when winter arrives.
Homeowner - TIP 1
As a homeowner you will want to regularly clean out the gutters and downspouts for the whole perimeter of the house. This is necessary for water to properly drain away from the roof to the gutters and away from the structure. The gutters need to be free of debris for the draining action. If not free of debris water can get blocked and if it gets cold enough it can freeze and damage the gutter system or worse yet damage more than just the
gutters. Having gutter guards installed can help to keep debris from entering the gutters.
Homeowner - TIP 2
As a homeowner you will want to regularly inspect your roof or hire a certified professional Home Inspector Albuquerque or a licensed roofer to examine your roof for wear and tear. You will want to pay attention to the flashings around penetration points, parapet walls, chimneys, flashings around skylights. If there are any cracks, or gaps in any of the water intrusion protection materials leaks can occur. Heavy snow and ice can make any crack become much larger and allow for water to intrude into the structure.
Homeowner - TIP 3
If you are a homeowner with a wood burning stove or wood burning fireplace you will want to regularly have the flue and chimney inspected by a Home Inspector Albuquerque or by a chimney sweeper. It is always a safe practice to have the chimney swept professionally before the first seasonal use of the wood burning stove or fireplace to prevent any possible chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Homeowner - TIP 4
It is recommended that homeowners test and change the batteries in all of the smoke alarms in the house. Check and replace any fire extinguishers that have expired.
Homeowner - TIP 5
Every fall season as the temperature cools it is recommended that homeowners have their furnaces serviced by a licensed HVAC technician annually to maintain the appliance and assure it operates correctly. Most forced air units require that the filter be replaced every 3 months for optimal quality.
Homeowner - TIP 6
As it gets cooler you may find less of a need for your evaporative cooler to remain in operation status. Winterizing your evaporative cooler is necessary to prevent a frozen water line, prevent damage to the swamp cooler because of frozen water or rusting. It will also help to prevent heat loss from the swamp cooler vent. If you do not want to do it yourself hire a professional. Here is a link to a great resource should you chose to tackle this chore yourself. https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-winterize-a-swamp-cooler-2718665
Homeowner - TIP 7
Look up before pruning trees. If you have decided that there are some tree branches that are encroaching the roof of your house please survey the area carefully before you start. Be aware of where power lines are located before you set up your ladder so that it is positioned away from them. Fertilizing your lawn now before the long winter months will help to properly nourish the roots and promote them to grow deeper. That way when spring is here again the grass will be that much stronger.
Homeowner - TIP 8
If you have been waiting to paint the exterior of your house now in the cooler autumn months is the best time to do it. Most paint products call for an ideal temperature range for proper application. Using the right type of paint product on your home not only beautifies your investment but it will also help you to protect it from the
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