Fall Into Helpful Tips!

Who’s Ready For Fall? Fall is right around the corner!  According to our calendars the first day of Fall arrives on September 22, which means we need to get our homes ready for the upcoming cooler months.  This is a great time to tackle home projects and to-do lists.  So what’s on your list?  Below is a reminder of some of the basic home maintenance tasks we should review at least once a year, if not more. Chimney and Fireplace Call a professional to inspect and clean your chimney. Fireplaces that are regularly used during the season should have an annual cleaning to prevent dangerous chimney fires. Test your fireplace flue for a tight seal when closed. Check fireplace damper. Remove bird nests from chimney flues and outdoor electrical fixtures. Gutters and Downspouts Clean gutters and downspouts frequently throughout fall to prevent build up of leaves and other debris. Neglected gutters can lead to wood rot problems and pest infestations, not to mention ruined gutters. Be sure water is not coming down behind gutters and that all support brackets are securely in place. Ensure that water drains properly and doesn’t pool. Pooling can cause damage to foundations, driveways, and walkways.    Porch and Deck Check the supports, stairs, and railings on porches and decks. Make sure the handrails can support someone from slipping due to rain, snow, or ice. Tile and painted wood or concrete stairs can be slippery when wet or when a person’s shoes are wet. Resurface the treads with slip-resistant strips near the stair nosing. Miscellaneous Replace batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Check fire extinguishers and review fire escape plan with your family. Clean dryer vents and exhaust vents. Test your emergency generator. Run all gas-powered lawn equipment until the fuel is gone. Don’t have the time or you are unsure how to maintain and/or make the proper repairs? Call ANDY ONCALL! ANDY’s Helpful Tips! Home Safety Home safety is an important part of preventative home maintenance.  In case of an emergency, all adults in your household should know where the following controls are located and how to turn them off: Heating fuel (gas) main shutoff Main electrical fuse/breaker box Main water shutoff Water shutoff valve for each toilet and sink in your home and your washing machine. It’s also a good idea to keep a wrench nearby each of these vital shutoff...

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