With Halloween 2018 in the books, we now have Thanksgiving (three weeks from today) and Christmas (54 days away) to look forward to here in Basking Ridge. One of the responsibilities homeowners deal with is maintaining our properties. Regular maintenance allows us to identify potential problems quickly. Early detection helps stave off huge, more expensive problems down the line. With fall coming to a close and winter staring us in the face, there are a few home maintenance tasks you should take care of right now…and some that need to be done in the upcoming months.
Home Maintenance Tasks for Fall & Winter
November Home Maintenance Tasks
If you haven’t done so yet, check your HVAC filters. Change them when needed. Clean out your kitchen sink disposal. It tends to gunk up. A malfunctioning garbage disposal backs up the plumbing and dulls the blades. Besides, the smell can get out of hand if you don’t stay on top of it. Don’t forget to clean your range hood filter as well. Grease buildup can create a fire hazard. And speaking of fire hazards, check your fire extinguishers to make sure they are in good working order.
To prepare for the cold weather, make sure to hire a pro to blow out your sprinkler system now. It needs to be done before the cold weather sets in. Flush out your hot water heater and get rid of any sediment you find inside. Cover your exterior HVAC system with a waterproof cover to avoid freezing over the winter. Clear out any brush or debris from around it. It’s also the perfect time to get the chimney cleaned out. You want it to be ready to handle winter usage. Test your sump pump to make sure it runs smoothly. This weekend, we turn back our clocks one hour as Daylight Savings Time ends. It’s also a good reminder to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. When Daylight Savings Time starts back up again next spring, change out your batteries again.
Winter Home Maintenance Tasks
Your winter home maintenance tasks look an awful lot like November’s tasks. Check your filters. Clean out the disposal and the range hood filter. Make sure your fire extinguishers work correctly. In addition to these tasks, you should also run a test of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Test your garage door to make sure that the auto-reverse functions properly for your family’s safety. Is there a bathroom or faucet somewhere in your house that doesn’t get used often? Run water through the faucet and flush the toilet to avoid a plumbing issue. Add salt to your water softener if necessary.
You’ll probably be spending a lot of time indoors when the snow begins piling up outside. So, go ahead and give it a nice deep clean, including the basement. Get behind the refrigerator and vacuum out the coils. You’d be surprised how much dust and filth accumulates there. Check your gutters for ice dams and icicles every few days. Left unchecked, this can cause serious damage to your roof. Tighten up knobs, handles, pulls, etc. Replace any warn weatherproofing or caulking around windows, doors, and tubs/showers. Check to make sure that all your deadbolts and window locks work properly. Finally, take the showerheads off your showers and clear out any sediment. Remove any calcium buildup you find on them as well.
Basking Ridge Mid-Term Election Info
On a completely different note, mid-term voting takes place in Basking Ridge next Tuesday, November 6th. If you haven’t already mailed in your ballot or voted early, you can attend a polling place on the 6th anytime between 6 am and 8 pm to cast your vote. Not sure where to go? Visit the Somerset County Election Board website to locate your official polling place. Make your voice heard. Get out there on November 6th and cast your vote.
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