It’s time to talk fall, y’all. Yes, we know it’s hot and warm out, but fall is just around the corner. It may be hard to believe, but now is the perfect time to tackle your fall maintenance checklist. If you don’t have a fall maintenance checklist already- don’t worry. Chipman Contracting has created one for you!
Look for Gaps and Cracks.
Look inside and outside of your home for gaps, cracks, and holes that let in pests, rain, and cold air – and let out heat. Look for gaps around doors, windows, around drain pipes, as well as exterior vents. Examine existing caulking and weather stripping for wear and replace if needed.
Don’t Forget About Your Fireplace
Schedule a fireplace clean out with a certified chimney sweep. Not only will they get your fireplace ready for upcoming cooler months, but they will also make sure your chimney is in good repair.
And Don’t Forget About Your Smoke Detectors
Make it a priority to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms in the fall and again next spring. Note: hardwired detectors and alarms typically also have a backup battery.
Clean Out Gutters and Downspouts
Clogged gutters can cause foundation problems. Grab a ladder and a bucket and spend a few hours on a Saturday making sure your gutters are free from leaves, branches, and other debris. While you’re at it, make sure your downspouts point away from your home and landscaping will prevent erosion and damage.
Tune Up Your HVAC
After a long, hot, Texas summer, your HVAC needs some TLC. Call a licensed HVAC company to inspect your interior and exterior unit for wear and tear. Be sure to change out your AC filter at this time, too.
Review Your Roof
Even if your roof was recently replaced, it’s always a good idea to take a look and make sure your shingles are in good shape. Loose, curling, or missing shingles can let water in, leading to a leak (and likely expensive damage inside your home). Check flashing and vents to make sure caulking is in good shape. Schedule an appointment with a trusted roofer to make repairs or replace your roof.
Making the time for these preventative measures means not having to worry about them when fall weather finally hits Texas. Fall is also the perfect time to remodel your home. For all of your remodeling and home construction needs, call Chipman Contracting at 972.841.5082.