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7 Fall Maintenance Tips for Your Home

7 Fall Maintenance Tips for Your Home

Spring cleaning is the established time of year for cleaning and maintaining your home, however, fall is also a great time of the year to clean up and prepare for winter. Fall weather is especially ideal for outdoor maintenance. Landscape overgrowth created with the summer should be cleaned up, pruned or removed prior to winter. The exterior of your home should be given a "once over" paying particular attention to cracks in foundation and gaps in windows and doors. DIY maintenance works for many tasks and if done regularly may save money. The seven tips below will extend the life of your investment(s) and most may be completed by yourself, however, it is better to be safe and contact a professional whenever needed.

  1. Check home exterior for cracks or gaps

Cracks in foundation, around windows or doors, exterior walls, etc. can be inexpensively repaired by caulking, preventing water or ice from causing further damage. This maintenance tip is relatively easy and inexpensive and may prevent a larger expense from incurring. Also inspecting windows and doors for air leaks and creating a block with weather stripping and/or caulking will improve energy efficiency. According to the US Dept of Energy, "Caulking and weatherstripping are two simple and effective air-sealing techniques that offer quick returns on investment, often one year or less."

  1. Clean patio and outdoor furniture

Hopefully we all were able to take advantage of Albuquerque's summer sunshine with family get-togethers. After a season of hot sun but before the weather shifts into cold weather take a moment to look over your outdoor party area and clean and organize. Clean the barbecue, the outdoor furniture and scrub the deck or pavers (if needed power wash) and make any maintenance or repairs where needed. If the deck is peeling or the pavers are cracked, making minor maintenance repairs can save you from larger more expensive project maintenance repairs needed.

  1. Check roof and clean gutters

Inspect your roof (if possible) and identify leaks and/or defects (depending on the type of roof) including cracks, missing tiles, pooling water, foreign items, etc. Keep in mind that these issues may become larger with the winter season of snow, ice, water and wind. Check and clean gutters and down drains to make sure they are clear of debris including tree leaves, debris and dirt/mud.

  1. Inspect Trees and Bushes around home

Trees are wonderful and we all want big beautiful trees around our home for their appearance and to keep everything cool. However, tree overgrowth and root overgrowth can cause a lot of damage to your home. Make sure to trim back trees and bushes so they are not touching or leaning onto your home. Understanding the tree types may assist as some tree types, usually fast growing or shallow root types including Oak, Poplar and Cottonwood are know to cause damage to your landscape and home investment. Tree roots are very strong and can cause extensive damage to your patio, carports, sidewalks, fencing and foundation (yours or your neighbors). Once the weather changes, leaves begin to fall, trees and shrubs may cause damage to your house siding, roof, windows and even foundation.

  1. Clean and reverse ceiling fans

Take the time to clean your ceiling fans of dust to reduce circulating dust throughout your home. During the summer months your ceiling fans should be set to turn counterclockwise creating a downdraft of cool air and during the winter months change your ceiling fans to clockwise direction circulating warm air up in the room.

  1. Clean & replace HVAC Filters

Help air quality and reduce energy bills. Dirt and dust has settled and depending on the type of filter and your lifestyle (pets, allergies, etc.) you may need to replace your filter more frequently than every 90 days. When you choose to turn on your furnace you may be reminded with the musty smell, that the filter needs to be replaced. That smell should clue you in that the settled dust is being circulated throughout the house. Allergy sufferers will definitely benefit from changing your air filters more frequently. In addition remember that it is recommended you have your ducts cleaned every 3 to 5 years but should be inspected annually and may have to be cleaned more frequently dependent upon your lifestyle (allergies, asthma, pets, construction, etc.)

  1. Clean Carpet and Upholstery

Carpet may be the largest filter in your home. Soon it will be time to close and seal your windows and doors for winter. With turning on the HVAC the dirt and dust remaining in your home, HVAC system and air ducts. All the dirt and dust that has entered your home and settled on your carpet, rugs and upholstery. Hiring a professional carpet cleaner to clean your carpets will help reduce the amount of allergens in your home as well as improve air quality.

A clean home starts with clean carpets and surfaces, and that is where Zerorez New Mexico comes in! From carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, and more, we are here to help you prepare your home for fall! Zerorez New Mexico offers a superior cleaning process without adding soaps or harmful chemicals, meaning it is safe for your family, pets and the environment. Zerorez New Mexico proudly services Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe and surrounding areas. For more information regarding Zerorez New Mexico and our cleaning process please visit us online at zeroreznm.com or call (505) 585-5053.