October 5, 2018 | Home Care

Follow these simple tips to care for your home when temperatures start to cool off.

One of the best ways to care for your home is to spot and fix any issues before they turn into major repairs. Much of fall maintenance is all about preparing your home for the colder months. Below are some steps you can take to care for your home during the fall season.

Caring for your home outside

Give a little TLC to your home's exterior.  

• Inspect, lubricate and clean all of your exterior vents. Make sure that air flows freely and that each has an operable damper to prevent back flow of outside air and to keep small animals from entering your home. 

• Inspect your garage door(s), rails and lock system; adjust and lubricate if needed. Consider changing your garage door opener code annually as a security precaution. 

• Clean gutters of dirt, debris, and any blockage that could prevent the free flow of water. Make repairs if needed. 

• Inspect and adjust your sprinkler systems. Set your timers for the proper season to ensure enough, but not too much, water per station. If you live in a cold climate, your sprinkler system should be winterized before the temperature drops below freezing. 

• Service your lawn mower and yard equipment.

Watch video: Caring for your home's exterior

Caring for the inside of your home

Come winter, you'll be spending more time indoors. Follow these tips to keep your home running smoothly. 

• Clean or replace air conditioning filters and kitchen vent hood filters.

• Inspect and service your heating system. 

• Inspect and repair caulked areas including: kitchen and bath wet areas, flushing areas, window and door seals, vinyl, aluminum or wood siding, stucco or mortar cracks, interior settling or shrinkage sheetrock cracks. {Watch video: Caulking}

• If you have a basement and it has a sump pump, check sump pump for proper operations. Clean pump screen and remove any soil buildup from the well. 

• Drain and refill your hot water heater. This may be necessary on a more frequent basis if you live in an area with extremely hard water.

• Inspect and test your hot water heater safety valve. 

• Clean fireplace, check the damper and remove any blockage. 

If you have any questions or concerns about your home, click on Contact us at the top of any page and select “Warranty/Customer care for my home” to submit a Customer Care request. You may also click here to view a list of phone numbers for Customer Care associates in your area. 

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