I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Summer has officially slipped away, and Fall is now upon us! But, before you sit back with your apple cider and pumpkin spiced donuts, you need to perform a proper maintenance check to prep your Old House for the wicked winter weather that is on the way! Time IS running out, so we’ll cover the importance of Fall preventive maintenance in and around your house. Let’s get to work!
First of all, Fall preventive maintenance checks are much like an abbreviated “whole house” inspection (at time of purchase), previously covered HERE.
Fall Preventive Maintenance
So What If I’m Not Handy Around the House?
- First of all, that’s OK! Home inspections aren’t just reserved for real estate transactions. If you aren’t handy around the house, and you’re wondering if your home may need a little TLC to keep it in tip-top shape, by all means, hire a home inspector. Because they can come evaluate your house, give you a detailed to-do list, and they will even perform a follow-up inspection to ensure the work was executed correctly, and to code.
- Finally, find out more from US Inspect HERE and check out the previous blog on this topic.
What Is It?
So what is preventive maintenance? According to Grainger
Preventative maintenance is defined as regularly scheduled inspections, tests, servicing, replacements, repairs and other tasks intended to help reduce the impact and frequency of equipment failures. This includes scheduled preventative maintenance, predictive maintenance and inspection activities.
The objective of preventive maintenance is to repair or replace a component (caulk, grout, siding, shingles, etc) or system (plumbing, heating, cooling, electrical, etc) BEFORE it fails or experiences unexpected downtime.
Furthermore, whether its your house, car, or lawnmower, preventive maintenance is key to extending service life, and reducing life cycle costs, repair, and premature replacement.
For that reason, it is much easier to maintain exterior caulk and paint, rather that ignore it for years and now the siding, framing, and structure are now rotten and compromised. As a result, you would now face a major repair bill.
Likewise, if you ever plan to sell, it is much easier/cheaper to keep a house maintained along the way, than to have a long laundry list that now needs to be completed quickly, and at a great expense! Because this could delay or prevent the sale once the home inspector shows up and documents years of neglect.
So, given this info, lets formulate a plan to have a proactive approach when it comes to Fall Preventive Maintenance! For this, we’ll need to draft a specific checklist, broken down into smaller tasks, and always by season!
Fall Preventive Maintenance Checklist
Your Fall Preventive Maintenance Guide
My Old House”Fix” has one completed just for you! CLICK HERE to download and print your own PDF copy to use for your spring inspection.
1) Fall Preventive Maintenance
- This Old House – 7 Clean Sweeps for Fireplaces
- This Old house – Removing Creosote from a Chimney Flue
2) Fall Preventive Maintenance
- Additionally, you can cover your cold air returns (for A/C only) to keep cold air and drafts out.
- See our Air Sealing and Insulation tech blog.
- Finally, flush your hot water heater annually to remove harmful minerals and deposits.
Interior Plumbing – Check all sinks, tubs, plumbing pipes, fixtures, and valves for leaks and proper operation. Perform drain maintenance and cleaning every 6 month to keep drains from turning smelly and running/draining like new. See previous blog on plumbing and drain maintenance.
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3) Fall Preventive Maintenance
Finally, read HERE for more on Old House Preventive Maintenance.
Above all, I hope this information helps to promote a proactive approach for you this spring in regards to performing Fall Preventive Maintenance on your home. Any questions/comments? Hit me up in the comments section. Thanks!
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