Burke, VA (PRWEB) August 13, 2013
During the fall season, before the weather grows colder, it's important to prepare for the winter months to prevent costly damage later on. Pasquali Realty Group, a Northern Virginia real estate company, suggests these fall preventative home maintenance tips.
Gutters and Downspouts
Clean gutters and downspouts frequently throughout fall to prevent build up of leaves and other debris. Neglected gutters can lead to wood rot problems, pest infestations, wet basements, foundation damage and many other expensive complications. Be sure water is not coming down behind gutters and that all support brackets are securely in place. Check to ensure water drains properly and doesn't pool, which can cause damage to foundations, driveways, and walkways.
Windows and Doors
Change summer screens to cool weather storm windows and doors. Inspect and repair any loose or damaged window or door frames. Install weather stripping or caulking around windows and doors to prevent drafts and lower heating bills. Clean and lubricate garage door hinges, rollers, and tracks and be sure screws are tight.
Replace the filter in your furnace. Consider having a heating professional check the heating system to ensure optimal performance and discover minor problems before they turn into costly major repairs. Clean your ducts to better the heating system's efficiency as well as to reduce household dust and to provide relief to those with respiratory problems. Also check for air leakage especially around joints. Clean the thermostat's heat sensor, contact points, and contacts. Check accuracy and replace if necessary.
To prevent pipes from freezing and bursting, ensure that the pipes, as well as the wall cavities where they reside, are well insulated. Know how to locate and turn off the water shut-off valve in case pipes do freeze.
Chimney and Fireplace
Call a professional in to inspect and clean the chimney. Fireplaces that are regularly used during the season should have an annual cleaning to prevent dangerous chimney fires. Test the fireplace flue for a tight seal when closed. Consider installing a carbon monoxide alarm near the fireplace and furnace.
Be sure attic insulation doesn't cover ventilation vents in the eaves to prevent winter ice dams on the roof. Be sure ridge vents and vents at eaves are free of plants and debris. Check bird and rodent screens for attic vents to prevent any unwanted guests.
Landscape and Yardwork
Although grass appears to stop growing in the fall, the roots are actually growing deeper to prepare for winter. Now is the best time to fertilize and reseed your lawn. Prune the trees and shrubs after the leaves turn to encourage healthy growth in the spring. Trim any tree limbs that are dangerously close to power lines or the roof of the house. Heavy snow and ice can cause damage in the winter.
Pasquali Realty Group is an incorporated business that is a subsidiary under NBI Realty, and is currently licensed in both Virginia, and Washington, DC. They are a member of the National Board of Realtors (NAR), Virginia Board of Realtors (VAR), and Northern Virginia Board of Realtors (NVAR).