Hello RFMA members,
My last post detailed how to ensure your restaurants were prepared for the upcoming colder weather. This post deals with a checklist of actions preparing your home for winter. It may still be warm but it will change soon. Following is a brief checklist of items for Fall Maintenance:
- Inspect your roof. Check for any curled shingles or corroded flashing. Repair as necessary.
- Check windows and doors for drafts. Use a candle, moving around interior of window frame. If light flickers, a draft is present. Re-caulk windows and replace door seals as necessary.
- Clean all gutters and check for proper drainage. It's extremely important to have good drainage to prevent water from freezing and causing a serious issue.
- Check exterior siding, if applicable, for any holes or cracks. Caulk where necessary.
- Replace window/door screens with storm windows.
- Drain hoses and disconnect from spigot. In very cold environments, place a styrofoam cover over the spigot for additional protection. Place drained hoses in a dry, warm place (garage).
- Drain irrigation (sprinkler) system.
- Have furnace professional inspected and change the air filter.
- Reprogram t-stat for lower temperature settings at night.
- Replace batteries in smoke/CO2 detectors.
- If wood is used in fireplace, have it professional inspected and cleaned. Check for proper damper operation.
- Empty gas/oil from lawnmowers, trimmers, weed eaters, etc.
- Clean and store seasonal patio furniture cushions to prevent mildew and weathering.
By spending a little time, effort, and money, you'll be able to minimize potential expensive repairs. If I missed any, let me know. Bring on the cold!!
Dover and out.