The summer heat is beginning to be just a faint memory. Sure, it still gets warm enough during the day, but there is that hint of crispness in the morning air. This can only mean one thing; summer is quickly coming to an end and fall will be here before you know it.
If you are the type of person who hates to procrastinate, you are probably already thinking about the fall maintenance tasks that need to be done around and in your home. And if you are a procrastinator, you still haven’t gotten to the spring home maintenance list.
Still, now is as good of a time as any to start the tasks you have on your maintenance list. Bostons Locksmith, your emergency locksmith service, offers fall maintenance tips and checklist.
Check and Change Locks if Necessary
How long have you lived at your current residence? If you have been there for a long time, then it might be time to change out the locks. Locks aren’t built to last forever and they will eventually break. It’s better to be safe than to have a lock malfunction on you at a bad time.
And if you have had the same locks on your home for a long time, you may have lost track of people who might have keys to them. You may have given keys to a neighbor who has long since moved away, a contractor who remodeled your kitchen 12 years ago, you just never know. So it is best to be safe.
Drain Your Sprinkler System
Fall is the time of year to drain your sprinkler system, even buried water lines can freeze. If you can do this yourself, fine, if not you need to hire an irrigation pro to blow out your pipes.
If you have trees and shrubbery on your property, make sure you have them trimmed before the snow starts to fly. You do this in part to keep your trees and shrubs healthy, but you also do it to protect your home from falling limbs.
It is also a good idea to observe your trees in the fall and look out for signs that they have a disease or are dying. Nothing will ruin a perfectly perfect day quicker than to discover a fallen tree on your roof.
Clean Gutters and Check Roof
Fall is the time of year when you need to grab that ladder and clean your gutters. Your gutters get clogged up with leaves and other debris, causing rainwater to pool on your roof or drip down the side of your house. Water that pools up close to your foundation can cause damage that is expensive to repair. Water dripping down the side of your house can cause damage to your siding and pools of water on your roof can cause ice dams.
And since you are on your roof cleaning gutters, you might as well go ahead and give your roof a quick inspection. If you discover damaged or missing shingles, you might want to have them repaired.
Clean the Chimney
Creosote and soot buildup in your chimney flue is dangerous because it can cause a fire should it ignite. If it has been a few years since you have had the chimney cleaned, now is a good time to have it done.
Lube Your Car
When the cold weather hits, you want to be prepared. To get your car ready for winter driving, you want to lube locks, latches, hinges and weather stripping. It will take you about 20 minutes to properly do this job and it will save you a frozen lock in the dead of winter.
Check Safety Devices
Fall is the time to check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. If they need new batteries, have them replaced and if you can’t get one to properly work, buy a new one.
This is also a good time to check the expiration date on your fire extinguishers and replace them if needed.
If you have never had your home tested for radon, now is a good time to get that accomplished.
If you are ready to have your home locks replaced, call Bostons Locksmith today.