Shutter Hardware and Fall Maintenance

If you haven’t already noticed, things have been slowly changing.

Stop for just a moment and take a good look around. The days have been getting shorter, the temperatures have been milder and you now watch football on Saturdays and Sundays instead of baseball. That’s right, these are all signs that fall is upon us. Before you know it, snow will be flying and Santa will be paying you a visit.

But before you unpack your box of sweaters and throw snow tires on the Hyundai, you should be catching up on your fall home maintenance. After all, you don’t want to be cleaning your gutters when it’s below freezing outside.

Lynn Cove Foundry and Forge, your source for shutter hardware and decorative garage door hardware, offers this handy list of tasks around the house that should be completed this fall.

Check for Pests

Pests love your attic because it is a warm and toasty place to settle in as winter approaches. So it would be a good idea to grab a flashlight and have a good look around your attic and other places that might be housing mice, a raccoon or a family of squirrels.

We recommend that if you do find critters in your attic, you should call a professional to have them removed and relocated.

Change Batteries

Changing out the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be on your list of fall tasks. As you do this, it gives you the opportunity to test them out to ensure they are properly functioning.

If you have smoke or carbon monoxide detectors that are 10 years old or older, those need to be replaced.

Clean the Gutters

You probably thought that since you cleaned the gutters this last spring, you could get away with skipping them this fall. But that would be a mistake. You seemed to have forgotten the storms that came through over the spring and summer that left debris in your gutters.

The debris in your gutters leads to clogs and doesn’t allow your gutters to properly function. The last thing you want to have happen is to suffer a flooded basement because you failed to keep your gutters clean.

Fertilize the Lawn

The best offense is a good defense. If you want your lawn to look great next spring, you need to prep it in the fall. Grass roots are still active in the winter, even if they aren’t growing. So to prevent damage to your grass in the winter, you should fertilize it in the fall.

In doing so, you increase the odds that your lawn turns green quicker next spring. You will be the envy of the neighborhood.

Check for Drafts

Fall is the time of year to check your windows and doors for air leaks. Energy bills are high enough without having to pay for your heated air escaping outside. To prevent this, replace any weatherstripping that is missing or damaged and caulk any spaces where air is leaking.

Clean Dryer Vents

When lint builds up in your dryer vent, it causes your dryer to work harder and waste a lot of energy. Worse still, a clogged dryer vent can pose a fire hazard, which is something you definitely want to avoid.

Scrub the Kitchen

Set aside a Saturday this fall to thoroughly clean your kitchen. We are sure the range hood and filter need to be degreased. The oven probably needs to be cleaned as well. And while you are at it, pull the refrigerator and vacuum the condenser coil.

These are all tasks that are ignored the rest of the year, so it is best if you get on them now.

Have the Chimney Cleaned

Before you have a roaring fire in the fireplace, have your chimney cleaned. You will also want to ensure you have a chimney cap to help keep the critters out.

Drain the Water Heater

You can clean your water heater by just simply emptying it. By emptying the tank, you get rid of any buildup that has accumulated. This will help your water heater work more efficiently and increase its lifespan.

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