Fall is upon us and you know what that means, right? If you guessed, “Drink Pumpkin Spice Lattes,” you’re kind of right — but it’s really time to tackle your fall maintenance checklist! We know these tasks aren’t always the most fun, but do you know what is fun? Not having to pay for costly repairs when winter does arrive!
Checklist for Fall Maintenance Tasks
- Wind Up Garden Hoses – Walk to each one of your home’s outdoor faucets, wind up each garden hose, and place them in the garage or shed. Leaving hoses attached to outdoor spigots can cause damage, as leftover water can freeze inside of them. Don’t forget to winterize these faucets.
- Winterize Sprinkler System – Failing to winterize your home’s sprinkler system can cause the water within to freeze, expand, and ruin all of the piping below your property. Do you know how expensive that is to replace? To prevent that from happening — turn off the water leading to the system, shut off the automatic controller, open the valves, and shake out any leftover water in the above-ground sprinkler heads.
- Seal the Envelope – You can have the best furnace available, but it will be hard to keep that warm air inside if your home’s envelope is similar to swiss cheese! Inspect the windows and doors around your home and see if there are any drafty air leaks. If so, apply the appropriate caulk to seal your home.
- Inspect the Furnace – The best time to have your furnace inspected and serviced is in the fall, especially early on. This will give you the greatest chance of not having your heating system breakdown in the middle of winter — imagine how miserably cold that would be! Schedule a furnace inspection as soon as you can so you can beat the rush of everyone else who is doing the exact same thing.
By addressing these critical pieces of fall maintenance now — your chances of running into costly repairs when winter hits becomes extremely low. To schedule heating maintenance or if you need a number to keep on hand in case your pipes freeze this winter, contact Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (717) 207-8198.