For the home

Is your home ready for the fall?

Truro Daily News - - SALTWIRE WHEELS -

Fall doesn’t just in­volve colour­ful leaves, rainy days and Hal­loween candy; it’s also the time to close the pool, caulk win­dows, clean gut­ters and the list goes on. In fact, pre­par­ing for fall in­volves a great many jobs. Here are a few of them.

• Put away deck fur­ni­ture and the bar­be­cue, un­less it’s set up to be used year round. Drain and store gar­den hoses and turn off any out­side taps.

• Close the pool. Drain par­tially, so the wa­ter level is about 30.5 cm (one foot) be­low the skim­mer bas­ket. Dis­con­nect and drain all the pipes and bleed the pump be­fore stor­ing it for the win­ter.

• Clean gut­ters and make sure they drain prop­erly.

• In­spect the roof. Make sure sky­lights, roof shin­gles and seals on chim­neys or vents are in good con­di­tion. Do any nec­es­sary re­pairs.

• Have your chim­ney cleaned and your fire­place in­spected to pre­vent fires. Make sure smoke and car­bon monox­ide de­tec­tors are work­ing well, and then change the bat­ter­ies (they should be re­placed ev­ery year).

• Ex­am­ine the foun­da­tions and the ex­te­rior sid­ing, and fix any cracks to pre­vent wa­ter or air in­fil­tra­tion.

• Check the slope of the ground and make any mod­i­fi­ca­tions to en­sure that rain­wa­ter drains away from your home. Check the sump pump to avoid any un­pleas­ant sur­prises dur­ing heavy rain­fall or the spring melt.

• Check your deck or bal­cony. Make sure rail­ings and steps are safe, and re­place rot­ten or dam­aged planks. Check if the deck is ad­e­quately lit and take ad­van­tage of the mild weather to re­place bulbs in out­door fix­tures.

• In­spect doors and win­dows. To keep cold and damp from en­ter­ing the house, re­place dam­aged seals and weather strip­ping. Take this op­por­tu­nity to re­move win­dow air con­di­tion­ers, if you have any. Re­move bug screens to pre­vent con­den­sa­tion and max­i­mize the amount of win­ter sun­light en­ter­ing your home.

• Check all air out­lets (cen­tral vac­uum, dryer, range hood, etc.) and make sure the vent cov­ers close prop­erly.

• Clean the fil­ters of your air ex­changer and heat­ing sys­tem. Vac­uum inside any fur­nace reg­is­ters. It would also be wise to ver­ify that the heat­ing sys­tem is work­ing prop­erly. In fact, fall is the per­fect time to have it checked out by a pro­fes­sional.

• Test your wa­ter if you have a well. This should be done ev­ery six months.

• Clean the garage floor catch basin. If it con­nects with the house plumb­ing, make sure the au­to­matic valve closes prop­erly.

Lastly, spring isn’t the only time of year to do a thor­ough cleanup; pre­par­ing your home for the win­ter also re­quires some clean­ing chores. For ex­am­ple, it’s im­por­tant to vac­uum base­board heaters and make sure fur­ni­ture and cur­tains are well clear of them. Car­pets, cur­tains and fab­ric­cov­ered chairs should also be cleaned. This will greatly im­prove the air qual­ity in your home dur­ing those long win­ter months when win­dows are never opened.

In the fall, make sure your deck or bal­cony is safe.

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