Fall is here and now is the time to do some seasonal maintenance. Make sure to go through these before the first frost if possible. If you aren’t sure when that is in your area you can check here. The Old Farmer’s Almanac shows the first fall frost in the Tri-Cities being between Oct. 12th-27th. It’s easier to do these before the first snow hits. You can then rest easy knowing you that you are ready for winter. Even if you don’t own the home you live in, or are renting; you can still apply many of these items to be prepared. We have created the following list to help you:
- Have your heating system checked by a professional. Change the filter.
- Switch thermostat from cooling to heating if necessary.
- Protect your pipes from getting frozen.
- Have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean the flues and check the fireplace damper. This includes wood or gas burning fireplaces.
- Check caulking around doors and windows to reduce heating/cooling loss.
- Check caulking around bathroom fixtures to prevent water from seeping.
- Clean any humidifiers you will use during the winter.
- Insulate indoor pipes in basement, crawl space or attic, and keep thermostat above 55F when gone. Open cabinet doors to help warm air circulate if temperatures drop to freezing.
- Check door sweeps and replace if necessary.
- Trim trees back from the home and check for dead limbs to avoid property damage.
- Test your emergency generator. Remember to only run it outside to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Inspect your roof and repair as necessary before snow falls.
- Check for and remove any bird nests from chimney flues and outdoor electrical fixtures, etc.
- Clean gutters and downspouts.
- Fertilize your yard.
- Drain and store lawn equipment after last mow. Including mower, leaf blower, and weed eater. Sharpen blades.
- Turn off outdoor faucets and sprinklers and drain them.
- Disconnect hoses, drain them and put them away.
- Turn off the indoor valve and shut off the outside water.
- Cover outdoor faucets with insulated faucet covers.
- If you have irrigation water, make sure to have it shut off and the system “blown” as well.
- Drain pool and supply lines. “Blow” the lines by turning the systems on until no more water comes out.
- Rake up any fallen leaves. They can be slippery and can inhibit spring growth.
- Check the driveway, walkways, railings, and stairs leading to your home.
- Remove window A/C units. If you have to leave it in, cover the exterior of the unit with insulating wrap.
- Check and upkeep snow blowers, snow shovels, and purchase pet/plant safe ice melt.
- Prepare for winter emergencies: keep blankets, small shovel, flashlight, and ice scrapers in car.
- Give your vehicles a good clean out while you’re at it and the weather isn’t bad.
As always, thanks for reading and we welcome any additional information or comments you may have.
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Kennewick, WA 99336
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