Sure, right now you might be cleaning your patio and grill for a fun Labor Day celebration, but the calendar doesn’t lie. In just a few short weeks, autumn will be upon us. In Northeast Ohio, that can mean any weather, any time! Your home is your biggest asset, so be proactive and prep it now – before the cold and rain hit. At Blind & Sons, we take safe, dry and comfy homes seriously. Use our helpful fall checklist to make sure your home is ready to keep you cozy, whatever the weather.

Protect Your Plumbing

Everyone knows that their pipes could burst when the temperature drops. Did you know you should wrap any exposed pipes with heating tape or pipe insulation? There’s actually a lot more you can do to prevent leaks and flooding in and around your home, including:

  • Flush your hot water tank
  • Clean your gutters
  • Check your downspouts for blockages
  • Check gas lines for leaks
  • Turn off outside spigots and store hoses away from the elements
  • Remove pumps from outdoor fountains

Ensure Electrical Safety

Electrical issues can escalate fast. It’s always a good idea to avoid circuit overload and make sure you know where your electrical panel is located. Specifically for fall, you should:

  • Test your security system and lights
  • Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Test all GFI plugs (inside and out)
  • Inspect your meter base for corrosion and water damage
  • Get your whole-home generator maintenanced

Take Care of Your Comfort Systems

One of the most familiar signs of fall is the gentle hum of your furnace kicking on for the first time. Just make sure you take care of the equipment in charge of your year-round comfort. Remember to:

Breathe Easier All Season Long

As the air gets crisper and cooler, you may find yourself spending more time indoors. That doesn’t mean you need to be stuck with poor air quality. Take care to:

  • Change your air filter
  • Clean your humidifier’s water panel
  • Turn on your humidifier and open the bypass
  • Get your ducts cleaned

Don’t forget some of the general house prep you should be doing, too, like checking your fire extinguishers and inspecting your roof for leaks. And as tempting as it is to leave that patio furniture out in hopes of staving off winter, put it in storage before the cold blows in. Still have questions about prepping your home? Contact Blind & Sons.