Home Maintenance Tips For The Fall Season

The first day of fall has arrived! What does this mean for you and your home? Well your home is one of your most important investments. By keeping it
properly maintained, you can help reduce the risk of a loss and help
ensure the safety and well-being of your friends and family. Please take
a moment to review and familiarize yourself with these important
inspection and safety tips for this Fall Season.

  • Have your furnace cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified technician.
  • Keep flammable materials, including all lawn and power equipment, away from water heaters and wiring in
    the basement.
  • Insulate water pipes in areas exposed to cold temperatures, and turn up the thermostat during extra cold periods.
  • Check for damage to your roof, and clean gutters and
    downspouts to keep debris from accumulating. This is especially
    important during the fall season to keep leaves from building up in
  • Check and repair caulking around doors and windows that show signs of deterioration.
  • Check caulking around showers, bathtubs, sinks and toilet bases; and make repairs as needed.
  • Have your chimney cleaned and maintained annually by a professional.
  • Clean and/or replace your furnace filter.
  • Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct and space under the dryer. Remove all lint, dust, and pieces of material.
  • Check your electrical outlets for potential fire hazards such
    as frayed wires or loose-fitting plugs. Be sure not to overload
    electrical outlets, fuse boxes, extension cords or any other power
  • Keep a multi-purpose fire extinguisher accessible, filled and ready for operation.
  • Inspect your smoke detectors. Make sure there is one on each
    floor of your home. Test them monthly, and change the battery annually
    or as needed.

-Robert Catalano

Source: http://www.travelers.com/prepare-prevent/home-property/home-maintenance.aspx