It's now officially Fall. While you may be thinking of apple cider and flannel, you need to be thinking about your casa. Don't treat your home like some THOT you enjoyed for summer, and then tossed aside. You need to buckle down and get ready for the following season-- that nasty Karen known as Winter.
Modernize Home Services is here to help you ready the homestead for Fall with these tips (we offer no such help):
Check the HVAC System - Call a professional to inspect the home’s heating system to ensure it’s functioning properly. Faulty HVAC systems can result in uncomfortably cold homes as the weather changes and higher energy bills. Make sure all air ducts are well-sealed and insulated. Leaks can reduce a home’s energy efficiency by about 20 percent.
Crack Wisedom: So we shouldn't crawl around in the duct work like Bruce Willis in Die Hard?
Roof and Gutter Maintenance - Check for loose shingles on the roof and replace any missing shingles before inclement weather arrives. If the home is located in a climate prone to ice and snow, adding extra insulation in the attic can help prevent freezing and ice dams on the roof. Clean out the gutters and consider investing in leaf guards before any storms hit to keep water away from the foundation.
Crack Wisedom: Some of us just got out of the gutter, we're not getting up and in it.
Sprinkler System Winterization - Winterizing a sprinkler system can reduce the chance of broken pipes and make it easier to turn back on in the spring. First, turn off the main water valve. Then set the automatic controller to rain mode or simply disconnect it. Be sure to drain the water from outside and close the shutoff valve.
Crack Wisedom: Who's rich enough to have a sprinkler system?
Fireplace & Chimney Inspection - Annual fireplace inspections are essential ahead of use, as build-ups and blockages are dangerous and can lead to accidental fires. It is best to hire a professional prior to using a fireplace to check and remove any flammable residue from burning wood.
Crack Wisedom: Isn't that what Santa's for? His jolly belly and sack of goodies should clear things out.
Walkway and Driveway Repairs - Fix any cracks in the driveway as well as uneven walkways and loose railings. These can cause hazardous walking conditions once winter ice storms hit.
Crack Wisedom: But that's our on-the-cheap home security system. 'I've fallen, and I can't break in!'
The cracked Crack Wise Staff-- warriors of the Funformation Movement.