Home Maintenance Tip -Fall Maintenance Tips for Your Home

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-- William Arthur Ward

Although it may be quite warm in some parts of the country, fall is approaching, and it's time to think about preparing your home for colder, wetter weather. The list below will help you keep warm and dry in the coming months...and help to keep your utility bills lower!
Fall home maintenance checklist
· Check all window and door locks for proper operation.
· Check your home for water leaks and repair as necessary. Read more at Preventing water damage at your house.
· Review your fire escape plan with your family.
· Make sure there are working nightlights at the top and bottom of all stairs.
· Have a heating professional check your heating system. Wood burning stove connector pipes and chimneys should be inspected by a certified chimney sweep annually.
· Protect your home from frozen pipes. Read more at No Frozen Pipes.
· Replace or clean your furnace filter monthly.
· Run all gas-powered lawn equipment until the fuel is gone before storing. This removes flammable liquid storage from your garage. At the same time, make sure you aren't storing dirty, oily rags in a pile; they can ignite spontaneously.
· Test your emergency generator if you have one.
· Have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean the flues and check your fireplace damper. Soot and creosote, which build up inside the chimney, can ignite when a fire is lit in the fireplace.
· Remove any bird nests from chimney flues and outdoor lighting fixtures as they are a fire hazard.
· Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and replace batteries. Read more at Smoke alarms save lives.
· Re-caulk around doors and windows to reduce heat/cooling loss.
· Check for cracked or missing caulk around the base of your toilet, bathtub, and bathroom cabinets. Properly sealing gaps between your bathroom fixtures and flooring material can prevent damage to the sub-floor.
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Lonnie Snyder
Keller Williams Realty Southeast Sound
Phone: 206-406-2710
E-Mail : snyder@kw.com
Website: http://www.callsnyder.com/
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Lonnie Snyder is a full time real estate agent and REALTOR® with Keller Williams Realty specializing in Residential Real Estate for buyers and sellers in Washington’s Kent, Renton, Newcastle and South Bellevue.

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