5 Essential Home Maintenance Tasks For Fall And Winter

The fall and winter months bring with them plenty of new reasons to be excited around the home. One of the most important annual events homeowners get to look forward to this time of year is home maintenance tasks.

Get a jump-start on your list this year by sticking with the essential tasks first.

Top 5 Most Important Seasonal Home Maintenance Tasks

Let the Mower Hibernate

Avoid causing damage to your lawn mower when it's not in use over the fall and winter months by emptying or adding fuel stabilizer to the gas tank before storing it away. If the gas sits in the tank all season long it can deteriorate and damage the motor. 

Get to the Gutters

Depending on what part of the country you live in, your rain gutters may see quite a bit of use this fall and winter. If your gutters haven't been neglected for too long, cleaning them out is a quick and easy task. If debris and leaves are blocking your rain gutters they cannot drain properly and may overflow or even pull away from the roof causing wood rot and rusting. 

Control Your Drainage

Not only do your rain gutters need a good cleaning during this time of year but your drainage needs to be flowing in the right direction as well. Each of your gutter downspouts should extend a minimum of 5 feet away from the house to avoid any possible foundation issues. If they aren't extended far enough it is time to invest in downspout extensions in order to save your foundation from cracks and leaks.

Give the Roof a Once Over

Since you're already taking the time to clean out your rain gutters it only makes sense to give some time to roof maintenance as well. Look for any signs of buckled shingles, rust spots or missing shingles. Any shingles that may be loose or damage need to be replaced as soon as possible.

If your roof has large amount of moss or lichen, you could be dealing with rot underneath the shingles. If necessary, call for a professional assessment and make repairs before the winter cold and snow settle in.

Call an HVAC Technician

Make an appointment for your local HVAC technician to stop in and give your heating and cooling system a checkup. The last thing you want to deal with in the dead of winter is a malfunctioning HVAC system. And don't forget to change out your furnace filter every 2 months to keep things working in tip top shape year round.

For more information, contact a company like Custom Exteriors with any questions or concerns you might have.