NOBODY wants a pipe to burst when temperatures drop below freezing. Fixing your home after a pipe burst can be annoying and expensive. Be proactive and take care of this now! Before winter hits, disconnect garden hoses and, if possible, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the chance of freezing in the short span of pipe just inside the house.
Cold weather is coming, and it's time to change the direction of rotation of your paddle ceiling fans. During fall and winter, ceiling fans should rotate in a clockwise direction when looking up at the fan. This creates a gentle updraft that circulates rising heat without blowing directly on you. To change the direction of your ceiling fan, turn the fan off, allow the blades to stop, then flip the small switch, located on the fan housing. On many fans the “up” position on the switch indicates upward air flow. Of course, if your fan has a remote control with a direction setting, this job doesn’t even require a ladder (always a plus!)
Change air filters in your furnace and heating system this helps everything work smoother and more efficiently. An extra step you can take if you have a gas heater or furnace, is to have a licensed contractor come inspect your home and protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.
Limbs & Logs:
Look for tree limbs covering your chimney and be sure to cut those away. This will also help when wind or snow storms surprise us making sure there aren’t any possible limbs that may fall and damage your roof. After cutting these limbs some can be stored for firewood. Having a supply of firewood ready for those cold nights will help your electricity bill from stacking up!
Before you can cozy up to you fire, make sure your fireplace is clean and safe for the season. Hire a professional to clean the chimney! If there is 1/4'” or more of creosote get it cleaned immediately! *Creosote is the built up black residue from the wood you’ve burned.
Leaves Cleaned and Stacked:
As autumn leaves begin to fall, be sure to keep your gutters clean! To make this chore easier, cut the bottom and side out of an old plastic jug that’s the same width as your gutter, and use it to scoop the debris into a garbage bag hooked over the top of your ladder. Then use the sprayer on your garden hose to rinse out the gutter and free up any clogged downspouts. When you’re finished empty the bags of organic matter into your compost pile!