November is the month nearly everyone thinks about Thanksgiving and the beginning of the holiday season. November should also be considered as a great home maintenance month before the cold winter weather makes its imminent arrival to the St. Louis region.
This November, take the time to perform and check off the following 8 tasks from your home maintenance to-do list! Check them out below!
Maintain Your Chimney and Fireplace – Before you decide to put a fire on in your fireplace, make sure that you give it thorough seasonal maintenance, giving special attention to the flue, damper, and firebox. A buildup of creosote can lead to a very dangerous chimney fire. Also, if you don’t already have a chimney cap, we suggest that you go ahead and get them installed at the time of service. This will help prevent outside critters from coming inside through your fireplace. Also, if you store firewood outside, make sure that it is not directly stored up against the house – mice and termites like to hang out there and can easily find their way into your home!
Ready Your Snow Supplies – You might not be ready to face the impending winter and the frozen precipitation that comes with it, but you will have to eventually! While winter has yet to arrive and it won’t start snowing tomorrow (or so we hope), forecasters in the St. Louis region are calling for a rough winter this year. Ready your snow gear before the weather turns nasty! Make sure that your snow shovel isn’t buried underneath all of your gardening tools and car supplies and that you have easy access to it in case of bad weather. If you use a snow blower, have it serviced and fill the tank with fresh gasoline. Finally, stock up on calcium chloride and some sand for deicing – keep a little of it inside your entrance in case you wake up to a snowy surprise!
Clean Your Gutters – If you haven’t done this yet, now is the time to get to it! Wear long rubber gloves, grab a gallon bucket, and scoop out leaves and debris into the bucket by hand. After the gutters are cleaned, run water down the gutter to see if it drains properly or if there are any spots that need to be patched up before the winter hits.
Clean and Maintain Closets – Can you see the floor space in your closets? Can you easily close the doors? If you answered, “No,” to either one of those questions, you need to clean your closets. Cramped closets can give unwanted pests a home, and too much stuff can break racks from the walls and derail sliding doors off their hinges. Go through your closets and throw out or donate the things you don’t want or need anymore. Consider adding compartments and hanging racks at different levels to make better use of your closet spaces.
Maintain Large Appliances – The holidays are quickly approaching, and that means family, fun times, and of course, lots of great food! You will want to make sure that your appliances are properly prepared for the demands you will be putting on them. Pull your fridge from the wall and clean the condenser coils in the back with a vacuum cleaner and a brush attachment. Vacuum away dust from the lower grille as well. Clean your oven and stove drip pans on your electric range oven. This will help ensure that your holidays are even safer!
Check Your Sump Pump – Most homes have sump pumps installed in an unfinished area in the basement. These pumps switch on automatically when groundwater levels rise, eliminating basement water before it’s a problem. If you happen to have a sump pump in your home, be sure that it is in good working order before the season begins. You wouldn’t want to wake up to a snowstorm and a flooding basement!
Maintain Moisture in Your Home – During the winter season, heaters can rob a home of its humidity quite easily. If moisture sounds like a bad thing to have in your home, please take note that even just a touch of moisture in the air can make heated air feel warmer, which means that you can keep the heat at a slightly lower temperature as long as your humidity is balanced. If you find that your woodwork is cracking or your skin is dry all the time, you probably need more moisture in your home. Consider investing in a humidifier to help add moisture to the atmosphere!
Check Your Windows – After the first snowfall is not the time to discover that your windows aren’t properly sealed. As snow builds up and begins to melt in these areas, the water will then penetrate into unprotected areas, which can cause structural members to rot out. Check your windows before the cold weather arrives and caulk areas that aren’t properly sealed to keep out unwanted moisture and drafts.
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