So, you’ve prepped the outside of your home for the season, taken care of some maintenance on your HVAC system… what now? Below are a few more measures you can take to ensure the safety of both your home and family this fall.
There are few home maintenance problems worse than having a pipe freeze and bust! A busted pipe can cause catastrophic water damage to your home and result in hundreds or thousands of dollars in repairs. Prevent this from happening by ensuring your pipes are well insulated before the cold weather hits.
Chimney and Fireplace
If you have a fireplace, hire a professional to come inspect and clean the chimney. Well-used fireplaces should be serviced once a year to prevent dangerous chimney fires or, if you have a gas-lit fireplace, a deadly gas leak. What better time of year to do this than the fall, right before you put the fireplace into use?
Check your smoke alarms and put fresh batteries in them. These little devices may be easy to overlook, but they are vital to your family’s safety! The holiday season is an especially fire-prone time of the year due to the large amounts of seasonal cooking and baking, fire-hazardous Christmas trees, candles, and fireplaces.
Carbon Monoxide Detector
If you don’t already have a carbon monoxide detector in your home, go buy one and install it according to the manufacturer’s directions. A good rule of thumb is to install it near a potential source of carbon monoxide and within ear shot of your sleeping and living areas. This may seem like just another extra expense, but this detector could save your life if your oil or gas-burning appliances build up these fumes in the air!
We hope you’ve enjoyed this blog series and can use these helpful tips to care for your home as we head into these final months of 2019. Have a blessed fall season and make the rest of this year the best it can be!