How To: Fall Maintenance

Complete these important home maintenance tasks in fall to make sure your home is in great shape for winter! Most of the important tasks can be completed by yourself, but some of them may require professional attention.

  1. Clogged gutters can damage your home, so before the leaves start to fall, clean out your gutters and cover then with mesh guards to keep debris out.
  2. Caulk and weather-strip gaps around windows and doors to keep cold air from entering your home. Also, replace any damaged caulk or weather-stripping.
  3. Inspect your roof (or have a professional do it) for cracks and damaged shingles to be fixed before they create leaking problems.
  4. Fix driveways, walkways and steps to make them as sturdy as possible before snow and ice hit.
  5. Turn off valves and drain outside faucets to ensure they don’t freeze during the winter.
  6. Clean heating system filters and have systems inspected to make sure it runs efficiently once the cold hits.
  7. If you have fireplaces or woodstoves, get them cleaned and inspected for damage or other problems to avoid fire hazards.
  8. Test (or install!) smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries. Also examine fire extinguishers to make sure they are functioning properly.
  9. If it’s necessary to paint or touch-up your exterior paint, cooler fall temperatures are ideal for this project.
  10. Check attic insulation for leaks and damage.
  11. Trim dead tree branches to prevent them from coming down during a winter storm and causing damage.

After you complete your fall check-list, kick back and enjoy a Steelers game!

How To: Care for your Carpets

Carpets can add personality and warmth to any room, and are relatively easy to take care of, if done properly.

Your first line of defense for carpet care is vacuuming at least once a week, preferably more for high traffic areas. Once dirt gets into fibers, it can permanently damage your carpet. The type of vacuum needed will depend on the kind of carpet you have in your home. Generally, having a vacuum with multiple height settings and attachments is ideal for homes to be used on different types of carpet.

On top of regular vacuuming, you should get your carpet professionally cleaned every 12-24 months, depending on traffic and other use factors. Use steam cleaning in accordance to your carpet manufacturer’s warranty guidelines.

Here are a few more tips and tricks for keeping your carpet in peak condition:

  • Use scissors to clip snags, don’t pull on them which could damage the carpet.
  • Before using a spot remover, test it on an inconspicuous spot first to test for color changes.
  • Blot stains instead of rubbing them.
  • Remove dents from furniture with the edges of a coin. To help prevent dents in carpet, rotate furniture options.

Be good to your carpet and it can last you a lifetime! For more information, visit our website or spot into one of our five locations today!