• Amber Kimmel

Important Fall Maintenance

Importance of

Cleaning Out Gutters

1. ANIMAL AND WOOD DESTROYING INSECTS - Lack of cleaning will also cause water to pond in areas dammed by debris. This condition is ideal for breeding mosquitoes. Bugs love moisture. Plants, birds, insects and even mice will make a home in gutter debris.

2. FOUNDATION DAMAGE - A blockage can cause water to pour over the sides of the gutter and pool around the foundation. Over time, the water can cause cracks to form and damage the foundation, potentially resulting in collapse. But even if the foundation doesn't fail, the water can still cause mold growth.

3. SAGGING DRIVEWAYS - Clogged gutters and downspouts can also cause driveway and walkways to sag and crack.

4. LANDSCAPE DAMAGE - When gutters clog and water spills over the side, it often lands on flower beds, small trees or shrubs that surround the base of a home.


Importance of

Cleaning Out Dryer Vents

1. FIRE PREVENTION - Dryer lint is extremely flammable. According to the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Data Center, clothes dryers are responsible for more than 15,000 structure fires around the country each year. Up to 80 percent of those fires begin with clogged dryer vents.

2. SAVING MONEY - The first step in saving money, and making sure your dryer runs efficiently is cleaning the lint screen with every cycle. This alone can save you up to 30 percent in energy costs. However, if you neglect your annual dryer vent cleaning your dryer eventually will need to run longer and harder. Thus, causing your energy costs to increase.

3. DRYER'S LIFESPAN - When your dryer vents are clogged your dryer has to work doubly hard. Additionally, this causes further wear and tear on your machine. Therefore, decreasing your dryer’s overall lifespan.

4.ANIMAL NESTING - When your dryer vents become clogged your exterior duct hood flap may not close properly. It could be an invitation for birds and other small animals/insects to nest in this comfy warm space.


Changing Out Smoke Detectors or Batteries

1.AIRBORNE DUST and COBWEBS - can interfere with a smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke, so make it a point to clean all detectors in your home at least twice a year. Vacuum out the smoke alarms’ interior and exterior compartments.

2. BATTERY CHANGING - Don’t wait for that high-pitched chirp to annoy you into changing smoke detector batteries; instead, keep a standing annual date with yourself for replacing the battery in each of your home’s smoke alarms. A good time to change your batteries is the same day you turn your clocks back from Daylight Savings Time.

3. DETECTOR REPLACEMENT - Even with regular cleaning and battery changes, smoke detectors don’t last forever. Outdated smoke alarms can fail, replace all household smoke detectors every 10 years. If you’ve lived in your home for less than 10 years but aren’t sure how old the existing smoke alarms are, don’t take any chances with your safety – switch them out for new units.

4.MONTHLY TESTING - Test smoke detectors monthly by simply pressing their “test” buttons – if the alarm sounds, everything’s working fine.


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