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9 Home Maintenance Chores to Get Ready for the Fall


Fall is already upon us, but it’s not too late to make sure you’re preparing your home and getting ready for more of that wet Northwest weather to settle in.

Here at OHI we believe that being attentive to your home is the best way to be prepared for any situation that could arise. So follow this simple little checklist to make sure your ready for the next season of the year:

1. Check for peeling paint

Perform a thorough inspection of the exterior walls of your home. Paint that is cracking or chipping can be a sign of a number of things, including moisture intrusion or an adhesion problem–all of which can jeopardize the integrity of your siding.

2. Have your furnace or heating system inspected

There a few things you can do yourself to prepare your furnace for usage such as moving any flammable objects from nearby, replacing the air filter, and even cleaning your air ducts. If you have a fireplace, we also recommend having your chimney professionally inspected and cleaned to remove any creosote that may have built up. In the end though, we’d highly recommend having a professional give your system an inspection, especially if it hasn’t been looked at in a while.

3. Caulk windows and doors

Because you’re getting ready to use that furnace again, it’s important to make sure your windows and doors are properly sealed so that heat isn’t escaping–and that probably means doing some quick caulking work to patch it up. It’s an economical way to save you a lot of money in the long run and also an excellent step toward preventing mold growth in your home. You may also need to replace worn weather stripping under exterior doors and/or windows.

4. Clean those gutters

This might be the most obvious, but it’s also probably the most important. Having clogged gutters even before rain starts can create a huge problem for the drainage of your roof.

5. Inspect roof

While you’re up there cleaning out your gutters, it’s also a good idea to check out the condition of your roof. Make sure to clear away any debris and inspect for loose shingles. If your house is older, we’d even recommend that you consider having a professional roofer come out and give it a look. You’ll be happy you did once the heavy rain and winter weather hits.


6. Winterize your ceiling fans

Another thing you can do to increase the efficiency of how you keep your house warm is by simply reversing the direction of your ceiling fan. Going in a clockwise, rather than counterclockwise direction will bring down all that heated air that collects in the middle of your ceiling. Keep it at low to medium speed and you should notice the difference.

7. Winterize outdoor faucets

Outdoor faucets can be a real pain in the neck once the weather gets colder and the fall is the perfect time to take care of it. Start off by disconnecting your outdoor hoses and storing them in the garage. If your outdoor faucets aren’t frost-free, you’ll need to turn off the water and drain them out to prevent freeze damage.

8. Cover air conditioning units

Once you’ve decided that the warm weather is gone for good, don’t forget to properly take care of your air conditioning unit as well as you retire it for the year. If you’ve got an outdoor unit, it’s a good idea to vacuum out the internal parts and get a cover or tarp for it. google down This will prevent rusting and ensure that you get the maximum life out of your unit.

9. Don’t forget the yard!

Many homeowners tend to forget about their yards during the colder months, but your landscaping can pose a significant threat to your home if it’s neglected. For example, make sure to trim tree branches and bushes away from your roof and siding, as well as clear any rotting vegetation away from your foundation. It’s also important to winterize your sprinkler system to prevent any freezing, meaning you need to drain or blow out sprinkler heads.

As you go through your fall maintenance checklist, if any of these areas of home maintenance are giving you concern, remember that OHI Construction is always here as a resource. We can help you with your inspection and give you referrals to one of our trusted industry partners to make sure your home is ready for the next season.

Get in touch with us online or call us anytime at (503) 635-6248.

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