With the fall weather officially here, it’s time to prepare your Indianapolis custom home for the upcoming months. While you are no doubt busy putting up pumpkin decor and fall foliage decorations, there are other tasks that have to be done around your house to make sure you’re ready for the change in weather.
Fireplace and Chimney Maintenance
It doesn’t matter if you light one fire a year or one every few days, you need to make sure your fireplace and chimney are good to go before you light the first one of the season. If it’s been awhile since your chimney has been cleaned out, it’s a good idea to contact a professional to sweep it out and make sure all of the components of your fireplace are in good working order. At the very least, you need to open your flue and make sure there is nothing blocking the chimney. With the flue open, you should see light coming in through the top of the chimney.
Drain Outdoor Water Lines
From pool pumps to sprinkler systems, you’ll want to drain water lines and pipes to avoid any of them freezing up this winter. With the cooler temps you probably don’t need the pool or the sprinkler system anymore, so have your pool and yard maintenance teams drain the systems as they finish up any tasks for the season. Frozen pipes often lead to bursting, which means you could have a mess next year.
Inspect Gutters and Roof
Before the cold really hits, you’ll want to have a professional clean out your gutters and make sure your roof is in great shape. If your gutters aren’t cleaned out, they can cause ice and snow to dam on your roof, which leads to leaks, mold, and high humidity on the inside of your home. If your roof was damaged by summer or fall hail storms, you may not know it. Having a professional inspect your roof will help ensure that your home is well protected from the snow and ice this winter.
Before you reach for the thermostat, you need to have an HVAC professional inspect and service your furnace. Because it’s been months since your furnace was in use, you’ll want a professional to inspect it to make sure it’s in working order. An HVAC professional will make sure your furnace is cleaned, tuned up, and they can change out your filters.
Getting your Indianapolis custom home ready for the fall and the winter months doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, with the right tools and an understanding of what needs to happen, it’s really pretty simple.
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