For many people, fall is a favorite time of the year. While spring is always welcome after a long winter, there’s just something about the crunch of leaves, smell of wood smoke, and cool, crisp days that make autumn a much-anticipated season – not to mention it’s a prelude to the holidays!
Enough about the autumn season and all it brings. What we need to talk about here is your home, and whether it’s ready for the coming cooler weather. With every new season comes a new set of tasks for homeowners; here are a few you’ll want to consider before fall is upon us:
Rake leaves away from your home. While there is no doubt the crimson, yellow, and orange leaves of autumn are beautiful, you don’t want them near your home! Not only are piles of leaves a fire hazard, but they’re also home to insects which can make their way inside your home.
Clean and inspect your gutters. We know, we know; this is perhaps one of the most dreaded tasks of the year – but it’s highly important. Gutters that are in disrepair can lead to roof and foundation damage. Before the cooler weather, rain, snow, and other inclement conditions set in make sure your gutters are repaired or replaced if needed and add downspouts where needed.
Have the chimney inspected by a professional? If you burn wood in a fireplace or wood stove, it’s essential to have the chimney inspected and cleaned if necessary. This helps prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide hazards. A professional chimney sweep will vacuum debris, and check flashing/mortar from the roof.
Has your heater inspected now, before the frigid conditions of winter set in? Waking up on a bone-chilling morning to find your heater has gone on the blitz is the last thing you want to think about, especially when you live in Michigan. Why wait until the technicians are busy working on everyone else’s issues – and it may take days for them to get to you? Check your furnace early for obvious problems, and remember it isn’t a bad idea to have your heater inspected by a professional on a yearly basis.
At Haley Mechanical, we want to help SE Michigan homeowners in Ypsilanti, Dexter, Chelsea, Howell, and surrounding communities enjoy the fall season by being prepared!