When the fall season approaches, it is time to think about regular maintenance and repairs to do around the house. From your water heater to the attic, you need to inspect the areas of your home and perform routine maintenance. Here are some things to do for the fall season.
Improve Insulation in Your Attic
Just because your attic isn't a "finished" attic, doesn't mean it shouldn't have proper insulation. Even with an attic that isn't used much, lack of insulation can have an effect on your energy use and HVAC system. If it isn't insulated, it will remain cold throughout the fall and winter season, thus requiring more use of your heater to get to the right temperature. Take some time in the fall season improving the insulation so you can reduce your home's energy consumption. One good way to add insulation is by applying loose cellulose or fiberglass fibers to the ceiling joists.
Inspect Your Roof
Your roof may have taken some damage from the hot summer heat, so now is a good time to inspect it. Make sure you clean the gutters of debris and fallen leaves, and you inspect your roofing tiles and shingles. If any shingles appear loose or damaged, have them replaced. Rain and cold is going to pick up soon, so you want those damaged roofing materials to be repaired before that happens. Replacing individual shingles or tiles shouldn't be too difficult and this helps improve the appearance of your roof, not to mention avoiding more serious damage if you leave them be.
Patch Your Driveway
Take a look out front at your driveway and see if you notice cracks in the concrete or asphalt surface. Fall is also a great time to fill in those cracks and re-seal the driveway. The heat from the summer season might have caused little alligator cracks that can get worse when it starts to rain in the fall and winter. Now is the time to check for holes and cracks and fill them properly. You don't want water to get into cracks, as it seeps into the base material and might require major repairs later on.
Flush Your Water Heater
Lastly, take some time flushing your water heater, or hire a contractor to do it for you. Sediment can build up in the water heater, which can keep it from working efficiently. You should flush it once or twice a year, so doing it in the spring and fall is a good way to time it properly. At the very least, flush it once a year before the winter season begins. To flush it, turn the water heater off completely and allow the tank to cool off. Shut off the water supply and run a hose to your floor drain or a nearby bucket. This lets you drain out the water and remove any sediment that has built up inside it. Click here for more information on solar water heaters.