Fall home maintenance tips

Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Fall is Here!

September 22 is the first day of fall. Can you believe it? As the days are getting shorter, and the leaves begin to change, it's time to prep your home for another Pacific Northwest fall. Below are some helpful tips for keeping your home working well this season.

Exteriors

  • Drain, clean, and store your outdoor equipment. At the end of the season, don’t forget to drain your lawn equipment. Gas goes through a chemical change which can lead to gum and other harmful deposits that can damage your equipment.

  • Treating your lawn with fertilizer in the autumn will trigger renewed growth of both blades and roots, so your lawn will be thick and healthy again before winter’s colder temperatures set in.

  • Planting next year’s spring bulbs while the soil is cool will provide beautiful blooms next spring. For best results, plant them in an area that gets full sun.

  • Gutters, gutters, and more gutters! We all have them, we all dislike them. We can all agree that this is one job you can’t afford to dismiss. Get those gutters inspected and cleaned out. While you're up there, it is a great time to check those shingles and skylights. Even a visual check can go a long way.

  • Be prepared for ice. Have Ice Melt and a shovel handy in the front of your garage. Nothing is worse than waking up to a snowed-in car and not being prepared.

Interiors

  • Take a moment and really look at your windows and exterior doors. Make sure windows are sealed tightly and no air is coming through. A good way to check the seal of your exterior doors is to place a piece of paper in the door and close it. You should not be able to move the paper easily. If you can, it is time to replace your weather stripping.

  • While you are checking your windows, give them all a good clean inside and out. During the darker months, this really helps the natural light shine through.

  • Ready the water heater by draining it fully and clearing out any debris that have settled in the tank. This is also a great time to look over your supply lines and pressure relief valve for proper function.

  • Check your furnace for filter replacements and care of the overall system. If you have not had it serviced recently, this would be a good time to take care of it before the whole city turns cold and everyone is needing the local HVAC to assist their failing heat system.

If you need some help with your home maintenance projects, our sister company, Home Works is ready to help! Their friendly, professional handymen can help you with whatever project you have around the house.

Home Works Repair Service
(360) 397-0348
www.homeworks.repair

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