The leaves are starting to turn and it’s time to start thinking about buttoning up the property for winter. It’s always sad to see the summer go, but making sure your property maintenance needs are taken care of will ensure your home stays looking and functioning well through the winter and beyond. The Duffy Home Solutions Property Management team is hard at work on fall maintenance projects that include winterizing water spigots, cleaning and storing outdoor furniture and cushions, and gutter cleaning, among others. Let’s take a look at some of the home maintenance projects you should be taking care of this time of year.
Exterior Paint Touch Ups
The spring and summer months can cause paint to chip and peel. When left unattended these spots can lead to rot. Nip any potential issues in the bud by sanding, scraping, priming, and painting or staining these spots. This is the type of job that a homeowner can handle, but high spots require tall ladders, and severe peeling paint is most efficiently handled by power equipment. Duffy Home Solutions has the equipment for these tricky and time-consuming projects.
Cleaning and Storing Outdoor Furniture
One of the most appreciated home maintenance tasks that the Duffy Home Solutions Property Management Team handles for Greenwich, CT homeowners is the cleaning and storing of outdoor furniture and cushions. Mildew, dirt and even food spills can build up over the summer. It’s always a pleasure to have fresh, clean cushions in the springtime when it’s time to start enjoying outdoor spaces again.
Generator and HVAC Preventative Maintenance
Your boiler or furnace and your generator should be serviced yearly. Regular HVAC and generator maintenance will help ensure your most valuable home equipment is running at peak efficiency. Cleaning and maintaining these systems will also help prolong the life of the equipment and help avoid bigger mechanical issues down the line. When you’re a Duffy Home Solutions Property Management client we schedule these appointments for you, and ensure that the best Greenwich, CT area maintenance professionals are taking care of the work.
Winterize Water Spigots and Hoses
Water left inside hoses and water spigots throughout the winter can freeze and crack the equipment. To avoid this issue it’s always a good idea to drain them around this time. If there are turn valves inside the basement for outdoor faucets, make sure to turn these off and then drain the pipe by opening the spigot until it runs dry. Drain hoses and then put them away in the basement, garage or storage shed.
Clean Gutters and Inspect Downspouts
Clogged gutters can lead to serious issues. Water cannot properly drain when leafs and debris pile up inside gutters. When water cannot drain properly the gutters can overflow and damage the roof. Overflowing water can also pour down against the foundation, which can lead to flooding issues in the basement. Furthermore, debris can be a nesting place for rodents and bugs.
Gutter cleaning is a task typically handled by a home maintenance professional. The Duffy Home Solutions Property Management team has the proper ladders to reach high spots. After cleaning the gutters we test the water flow of your downspouts to ensure they are not clogged. If they are clogged we will make sure to remove the blockage and restore proper flow.
It’s always a good idea to have your roof inspected to ensure that no issues are occurring in places that cannot be seen day to day. Inspections can uncover curling or missing shingles, damaged or missing flashing, and/or inadequate attic, eve and soffit ventilation. All of these potential issues, when left untreated, can lead to serious problems down the line. Points of entry for moisture can cause rot and mold. Duffy Home Solutions provides full roof inspections to give you peace of mind as we move into winter.
Fall is a special time of year in Greenwich, CT. As we think about moving into winter, tackling these jobs now will help you rest easy when the snow starts falling. But we know you’re busy, and want to spend time with family and friends. When you sign up for the Duffy Home Solutions Property Management program, all of your home maintenance needs can be taken care of, year round. We employ the most trusted pros in the Greenwich area to ensure your home maintenance needs are not only taken care of, but taken care of the right way.
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