Fall Maintenance Tips

by Amy Laposha

leaf gutters photoBe ready this fall for the upcoming winter months by checking off these fall maintenance projects.  Proactively dealing with repairs in the fall will save you headaches AND money in the freezing temps, snow and upcoming spring!  Here are just a few tips:

Exterior Maintenance:

  • Check your roof: Check roof for curling or missing shingles.  This will help prevent water damage that in turn can cause deterioration.  Might be a good idea and safest to hire a licensed, certified roofer to check your roof’s condition.
  • Clean your gutters: After the leaves have fallen, clean the gutters and downspouts.  This includes flushing water and tightening brackets.  Leaf guard systems are a good way to prevent clogged gutters.
  • Winterize and drain your outdoor faucets and irrigation system: This will help prevent freezing which can lead to broken pipes or sprinkler heads. Also, drain water out of garden hoses and store in garage or shed.
  • Repair cracks in driveway, sidewalk, and stairs: Fill cracks and seal.
  • Caulk and seal openings on exterior of house: This will help prevent heat from escaping and water getting inside causing more damage and mold.

Interior Maintenance:

  • Change direction of ceiling fans: This will redistribute the warm air pushing it downward.
  • Change batteries on smoke detectors: Also make sure there is one on each floor of your home.
  • Replace or clean furnace filter: Filters can clog up with dust and therefore cannot breathe free.  This could increase your utility bills.
  • Have your furnace inspected by a professional: Do this to make sure your furnace is running in tip-top order.  You may want to do this early to avoid the rush for those cold winter months!
  • Check your fireplace/woodstove to make sure it’s safe:  Creosote is a flammable byproduct of burning wood.  Buildup can cause a devastating fire.  Inspection by a chimney sweep of the entire chimney system might be the best and safest option.

*Sources- Bob Vila, Better Homes and Gardens

Amy LaposhaAbout Amy
Kansas City Royals fan, Mom of one daughter and two sons, and Insurance Agent!
Direct Phone – 913-754-3812

Amy has been in the insurance industry for the past 16 years and has been part of the MAX family for the past 5 years.  Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, three children and granddaughter in Lee’s Summit, MO.  She also does volunteer work at her church and loves cheering on her local sports teams (GO ROYALS), hiking, music and backyard BBQs.

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