Fall is here, and now is the time to work on those tasks that need to get done before winter hits. Accomplishing these tasks will help prolong the life and health of your home. Experts suggest the following steps:

  • Have your furnace or heating systems serviced by a qualified service company every two years for a gas furnace and every year for an oil furnace.
  • Lubricate the circulating pump on the hot water heating system.
  • Check and clean or replace air filters each month during the heating season.
  • Remove the grill on forced air systems and vacuum inside the ducts.
  • Have well water tested for quality. It is recommended that you test for bacteria once a year.
  • Check the sump pump and line to ensure proper operation and to ensure that there are no line obstructions or visible leaks.
  • Remove screens from inside casement windows to allow for the heating system to keep condensation off window glass.
  • Ensure all doors to the outside shut tightly and check other doors for ease of use.  Replace door weather stripping if required.
  • Ensure windows and skylights close tightly.
  • Ensure that the ground around your home slopes away from the foundation wall.
  • Clean leaves from gutters and downspouts and test the downspouts to ensure proper drainage from the roof.
  • Check chimneys for obstructions such as bird nests.
  • Drain and store outdoor hoses.  Close the valve to outdoor hose connections and drain the hose bib, unless your house has a frost-proof hose bib.
  • If you have a septic tank, measure the sludge and scum to determine if the tank needs to be emptied before the spring.  Tanks should be pumped at least once every three years.