Fall Hamptons Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall is here: Time to get your house in shape for the cooler months ahead. If you’re hiring a professional to handle the commissioning, please make sure that they come recommended and qualified. Below is a check-list of best practices to preserve the longevity of your home.
Exterior Maintenance

• Check the foundation for cracks and caulk around the areas where masonry meets siding, where pipes or wires enter the house and around the windows and door frames to prevent heat from escaping. Openings in the structure can cause water to get in and freeze, resulting in cracks and mold buildup. Winter can bring very harsh conditions resulting in water or ice damage. A careful check of the outside structure combined with inexpensive maintenance can save you money in the long run.

• Install storm windows and doors and remove screens. Before storing, clean and repair screens, spray with a protective coating and place in a dry area of the basement or garage.

• Inspect exterior walls to see if any paint is peeling or blistering on the house or outbuildings. Peeling paint is a sign that the existing paint film is failing and can no longer protect the siding of the building. Left uncorrected, the siding itself will deteriorate, leading to expensive repairs in the future.

• Make sure the roof is in good shape. Your roof is your first defense in protecting your home. Without it functioning properly, water damage can occur. This causes deterioration to insulation, wood and drywall, making electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems vulnerable. It’s better to proactively deal with repairs in the fall than to discover a leaky roof during a snowstorm.

• After leaves have fallen, clean out the gutters and downspouts, flush them with water, inspect joints and tighten brackets if necessary. Clogged gutters are one of the major causes of ice dams. Replace old or damaged gutters with new ones that have built-in leaf guards.

• Examine your pool cover for damage and replace if necessary.

• Weather-strip your garage door. Make sure the seal between your garage door and the ground is tight to prevent drafts and keep out small animals.

• Inspect your driveway for cracks. Clean out and repair any damage with driveway filler, then coat with a commercial sealer.

Interior Maintenance

• Heating and cooling amount to 47 percent of the energy costs in your home. Proper sealing and insulation can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs, or up to 10 percent on your total annual energy bill. Air Leaks from windows and doors are easy to find by moving your hand around the frame. Applying weather stripping and caulk to these areas will help cut down on drafts.

• Have your heating system checked by a licensed heating contractor. Heating systems will use fuel more efficiently, last longer and have fewer problems if properly serviced.

• Test and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors.

• Check basement windows for drafts, loose frames or cracked panes.

• Clean your humidifiers regularly during the heating season. Bacteria and spores can develop in a dirty water tank resulting in unclean moisture misting out into your room.

 

 

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