Fall is officially here! That means crisp air and rainy days will soon overtake the hot South Atlantic summer. The weather is part of what makes this season so special. However, the new rain and dropping temperatures create the perfect opportunity for water or mold damage to take hold of your property. Before you get into the full swing of tailgating, pumpkin carving and baking holiday treats, complete ServiceMaster Restoration Services’ seasonal inspection checklist.

Chimney

  • You should conduct a thorough chimney cleaning at least once per year depending on use.
  • Call a professional chimney sweep to remove flammable soot.

Windows & Doors

  • Inspect your windows and doors and close them all securely.
  • If you find gaps, seal with weather-stripping that can be found at your local home improvement store.

Roof

  • If possible, break out your ladder to inspect your roof.
  • Look around the outside of your chimney to ensure the caulking is in good condition.
  • Replace missing shingles and fill cracks, especially around your chimney.

Gutters

  • Look over your gutters to make sure they’re working properly.
  • Remove debris with a small shovel or plastic spatula.
  • Check downspouts to make sure they’re directed toward a path that allows it to escape from your home or commercial property.

Heaters

  • Dust your vents and turn your heater on. If you see debris fall from your vents or smell a musky scent, consider scheduling a professional air duct cleaning. Improve your indoor air quality during the cooler months by making sure your ducts are clean.

Space Heaters

  • Before using your space heater, make sure the cord is in good condition. If it’s frayed, stop using immediately.
  • Always keep an eye on space heaters while in use.
  • Set up your portable heater on a flat, stable surface like wood or tile floors.
  • While your heater is running, check the outlet and cord. If it’s hot to the touch, turn off your heater and consult an electrician.

Plumbing

  • Inspect exposed pipes usually found in your attic or basement. Consider wrapping exposed pipes with pipe insulation to prevent frozen pipes during the cooler seasons ahead.
  • Inspect areas that are prone to water leaks like bathrooms and laundry rooms. You might have to look behind appliances and observe them in use.

Lawn Mower

  • Remove leftover gas from your lawnmower either by mowing your lawn one last time or storing it in a gas canister.
  • Store your lawnmower in a shed until next spring.

Yard

  • Disconnect, drain and store hoses. Use outdoor faucet covers to prevent them from freezing in low temperatures.
  • Trim trees and other large greenery. Gusts of wind can sweep branches into windows causing extensive damage.

ServiceMaster Restoration Services is your local fire and water damage restoration expert across the South Atlantic. We hope you enjoy a fun and safe fall season. If you do experience fire, water or mold damage, contact us at 888-569-1560. Our team also offers construction and janitorial services. The quicker you call, the more damage we can prevent.

 

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