The Inspector Newsletter
October 2014: Fall Home Maintenance
Maintenance Matters

Maintenance Matters

Reminder: It’s Time to Clean the Gutters

Gutters ensure that water is directed away from your home, and fall is one of the times they need cleaning. Clean gutters keep water away from — and out of — your home. Wait until after the leaves have fallen from the trees surrounding your home. While you’re cleaning the gutters, inspect them for damage from storms and hail and make any necessary repairs. And be sure to practice proper ladder safety.

An easy way to clean the gutters is to recruit a helper to stand on the ground and move a trash can or yard waste can below you so you can throw the gutter gunk straight down. Your helper can also move and hold the ladder for you.

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Did You Know?

A Cracked Hose Bib Can Be a Bummer in the Spring

It’s important that you remember to unhook garden hoses from the faucet/hose bib in the fall, before temperatures reach freezing, so you avoid a cracked hose bib next spring. A cracked hose bib occurs when water from the hose is trapped in the hose bib and freezes, causing the pipe to crack. It’s a costly repair to have a plumber fix, so prevention is key. Remove hoses from the faucet and allow them to drain for the winter.


It’s Time to Turn off the Sprinkler System

Around the time you unhook your garden hoses — before temperatures reach freezing — it’s also time to turn off and winterize your sprinkler system. Unless you have a self-draining system, you’ll have to call a professional to blow out the sprinkler lines. Then, make sure to turn off the water to the sprinkler system inside the house, and winterize the system outdoors. If you have any questions about how to do this, check your owner’s manual or call your sprinkler system provider.

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