As seasons change it can be overwhelming to know where to start and which areas of maintaining your home are of highest priority. Fall brings with it a sense of urgency to inspect all interior and exterior elements of your home to make sure any issues are addressed prior to the cooler weather setting in. Many homeowners ask themselves whether they are doing enough to protect their single biggest investment and what exactly needs to be accomplished, but are at a loss as to where to start. The following is our recommended Shoreline home maintenance checklist for local Western Washington residents to consider this fall.
- Windows and Doors
Inspect caulking and weather stripping around all windows and doors. If any cracks or leaks are present, apply new caulking or replace weather stripping. Ensure that no sunlight is visible around the edges of your doors and that windows are completely sealed and draft-free.
Inspect your roof closely for any damage, including loose or missing shingles. If you have a chimney or vents, be sure to give them a thorough once over as well. Any damage to the roof can quickly snowball into an expensive problem if not addressed immediately. With the coming rain and potential snow, this home maintenance requirement is a must.
Have gutters cleaned and checked for breakage. Excess debris in the gutters can lead to water damage of your roof, siding, and trim. It can also bring devastating leaks inside your home, including a spectrum of potential nightmares.
- Water Diversion
Protecting the foundation of your home relies on proper water diversion. Check to see if downspouts are properly working and that extensions are secure. Rainfall should be diverted to flow from downspout drain pipes several feet away from the home.
- Irrigation System
Drain your irrigation system in preparation for the impending freezing temperatures. Failing to do so can lead to busted pipes and broken spigots.
- Hoses and Faucets
Turn off faucets leading to the exterior of your home. Pipes can burst if water is left in them during the winter. Drain and disconnect hoses and turn outdoor faucets on to remove any excess water that has accumulated in the pipes.
- Heating Inspection
Have your heating system inspected and cleaned if needed. You may also choose to have a programmable thermostat installed to help keep the home at the proper temperatures during specific times of the day. This can reduce your annual heating bill if used correctly. A good rule of thumb is to keep your home at 60 degrees while away, and no more than 70 degrees while you are home.
Oftentimes it is less stressful to have these services done professionally by industry experts that know what they are doing. For help with all things home maintenance in Shoreline, as well as the surrounding communities, contact us today for a free consultation. We will gladly assist you with any of your home maintenance inquiries and provide the best service in the vicinity. Call Puget Services at (888) 435-1212 to schedule your Shoreline home maintenance appointment today.