Can you believe back to school sales are already going? While students are getting ready for the upcoming school year, homeowners should be getting their home ready for the fall and winter. Here are 5 tasks that you should try to have completed before cooler weather rolls into town.
Schedule Furnace Maintenance
While the status of your furnace may be nowhere near the top of your mind during the dog days of summer, August is often the best time to have your furnace maintained. Most people wait until the weather starts to cool off, so scheduling a checkup in August means beating the busy season and making sure your home is ready for any early cold fronts that might move in.
Check Roof for Loose Shingles
As summer draws to an end, it means one thing: the rain is coming back soon. Make sure your roof is ready for the rainy season ahead. Give your roof a once-over and see if you can spy loose or missing shingles. If your roof is in bad shape, it’s best to get it fixed before the rain returns to Eugene.
Get Your Chimney Swept
If you use your fireplace every year, you should get an annual chimney sweep and inspection. Otherwise, creosote can build up in your chimney which is a fire danger. By getting your chimney cleaned and inspected on a regular basis, you lower your risk of a house fire and of carbon monoxide poisoning. As with furnace maintenance, the sooner you get your chimney swept, the more likely you are to beat the busy season and be ready to have a fire once the weather calls for it.
Replace Air Filters
The Willamette Valley is somewhat infamous for the amount of grass pollen and allergens present in the air during the spring and summer – as you may be aware if you’re unfortunate enough to have allergies. That means you’ll want to replace the air filters around your home as they are probably clogged with pollen and other nasties. It is recommended to change your air filters every 3 months, but if you are the type of person who tends to do it only once a year, the end of summer is the perfect time.
Check Your Foundation for Cracks
As with any issue related to your foundation, the sooner you catch it and address it, the better. If you see cracks developing in your foundation or notice other issues such as pooling water or signs of pest infestation, make sure to contact your local concrete contractor, so they can come out and inspect the damage.
If you find that your home is in need of repair, contact the experts at RGS Contracting, and we’ll help to make sure that your home is prepared for the fall and winter.