By: Mark Kaner
Loan Officer at HomeStar Bank & Financial Services
Use these must-do fall maintenance tips to keep your house in shape and help keep you warm this winter.
Clean gutters and downspouts.
Clean and repair trim around windows and doors.
Inspect your roof. If shingles are curling, buckling or cracking, replace them. Also, check the flashing around skylights, pipes, and chimneys.
Exterior water pipes may burst when the weather drops below freezing. Turn off the valves to the exterior hose bibs and run water until the pipes are empty. Don’t forget to drain your garden hoses.
Wrap water pipes that run along exterior walls with heating tape. It will save energy and prevent them from freezing.
Replace furnace filters.
Inspect your carbon monoxide detector.
Check the attic insulation. The vapor barrier on insulation should face down toward the living space.
Fall is the perfect time to divide or move perennials. Remove dead annual and mulch hardy perennials. The best time to mulch perennials is after the first hard freeze. Just make sure you don’t cover the crown or center of the plant, because that can lead to rot.
Trim dead branches out of the trees to prevent them from coming down and causing damage in a winter storm.