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Fall Maintenance Tips for Cheyenne Homes

I came across some great fall maintenance tips for your home from State Farm and wanted to share them with you as the season is underway. 

  • Check all window and door locks for proper operation
    Windows that can be opened by breaking the glass and unlocking them are not the best for your home safety. There are many window lock alternatives so check with your local hardware store. Also make sure all exterior doors have deadbolt locks.
  • Check your home for water leaks
    You want to make sure all water leaks are sealed before winter so you don’t have to worry about pipes freezing or water leaks causing hazards around your home.
  •  Review your fire escape plan with your family
  • Make sure there are working nightlights at the top and bottom of all stairs
    Tile and painted wood or concrete stairs can be slippery when wet or when a person’s shoes are wet. Be sure to resurface the treads with slip-resistant strips near the stair nosing.
  • Have a heating professional check your heating system every year
    Woodburning stove connector pipes and chimneys should be inspected by a certified chimney sweep at least annually.
  • Protect your home from frozen pipes
    pipes in your home's crawl spaces and attic. These exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing. Remember - the more insulation you use, the better protected your pipes will be.

    Heat tape or thermostatically-controlled heat cables can be used to wrap pipes. Be sure to use products approved by an independent testing organization, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc., and only for the use intended (exterior or interior). Closely follow all manufacturers' installation and operation instructions.

    Seal leaks that allow cold air inside near where pipes are located. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents and pipes. Use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out and the heat in. With severe cold, even a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze.

    Disconnect garden hoses and, if practical, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the chance of freezing in the short span of pipe just inside the house.
  • Replace your furnace filter
    Furnace filters need to be replaced frequently to allow your heating and cooling systems to operate properly.
  • Run all gas-powered lawn equipment until the fuel is gone
    By doing this, you are removing flammable liquid storage from your garage.
  • Test your emergency generator
  • Remove bird nests from chimney flues and outdoor electrical fixtures
    Birds nests on top of light fixtures are a fire hazard. Bird nests in chimney flutes can prevent proper venting and can catch fire from sparks.
  • Inspect smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
    Standard Batteries

    Batteries weaken with age and must be regularly checked and replaced (generally once a year). NEVER disable an alarm by “borrowing” its battery for another use.

    Test your smoke alarms at least once a month, following the manufacturer's instructions. Both battery operated and electric smoke alarms become less sensitive with age. The NFPA recommends smoke alarm replacement every ten years. If your alarm does not respond to the recommended test procedure (usually pressing a“ test” button), change its batteries If it still does not respond, replace it.

    Follow the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning your smoke alarms. Debris and dust can generally be removed by using a vacuum cleaner attachment. Never paint any part of a smoke alarm. Once your smoke alarms are up and running, make sure everyone in the household is familiar with the sound of the alarms.
  • Make sure the caulking around doors and windows is adequate to reduce heat/cooling loss
    Check glazing for loose or missing putty or glazing compound. This will also help reduce water damage to the windows and door frames.
  • Make sure that the caulking around your bathroom fixtures is adequate to prevent water from seeping into the sub-flooring
    Check for cracked or missing caulk around the base of your toilet, bath tub, and bathroom cabinets. Properly sealing gaps between your bathroom fixtures and flooring material can prevent damage.

Follow these great tips to prepare your home for the winter months.


Published Thursday, October 28, 2010 8:20 PM by Joe Prunty

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