A Few Steps to Take this Fall in Iowa
It’s important to take a few steps to stave off any home breakdowns. Fall is the time to check off any last minute home improvement tasks and we are here to make it as easy as possible for you with our handy list of home maintenance chores.
1. Clean and repair the siding. After a long summer, siding can become dirty or mildewed. September is a great time to use a pressure washer to clean it up and inspect for more serious problems. If your siding has seen better days (think missing, bent, or cracked pieces), consider replacing it.
2. Make sure windows are sealed tight. All double or triple-pane windows should have a tight seal around their perimeter that separates the individual panes of glass and traps inert gas between them, providing a break between the temperatures inside and outside your home. If you notice that your windows are frequently foggy, that’s likely a sign of a failed seal.
3. Change the air filters and tune up the furnace. This one really should be a maintenance task you do every month. Dirty air filters can lead to higher energy bills and irreparably damage your HVAC system.
4. Inspect the roof and gutters. It’s generally fine to wait until most of the leaves have fallen in autumn to clean out the gutters and downspouts, but giving these areas a quick visual inspection now is a good idea. Pull out any sticks or other debris blocking the gutters, and make note of any worn-out seals around vent pipes and chimneys.
If you do not feel comfortable on a ladder, or have a home of two or more stories, hire someone to do a quick inspection for you. Schedule any needed repairs now so that your home will be buttoned up for the changing seasons.