As colder weather approaches you can take a few key steps to ensure your home serves you well through the winter months. Please take time to check these items in and around your home and attend to any that need maintenance.

  • Clean and test smoke alarms.
  • Test and reset ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) breakers.
  • Change or clean the furnace filter.
  • Operate the heating system.
  • Adjust registers and confirm that cold air returns are clear of furniture or draperies.
  • Check windows for proper operation and weather tightness, including weep-holes.
  • Adjust or replace weather stripping on exterior doors as needed.
  • Check the fit of exterior doors; thresholds are adjustable—use a quarter to turn the screws.
  • Check caulking, inside and out, and touch-up.
  • Inspect chimney for nests.
  • Review safe fireplace operation. Provide professional cleaning at regular intervals.
  • Check garage overhead door, tighten bolts as needed, and lubricate springs with motor oil. Have other repairs done by a professional.
  •  Inspect roofing components including valleys for debris, vents for leaks, and build-up of organic material.
  • Clean gutters, check downspouts; confirm that splashblocks drain away from the house.
  • Check foundation, concrete, and yard for settling; fill in as needed for positive drainage.
  • Check exterior drains prior to first heavy rain.
  • Reduce irrigation timers to reflect seasonal requirements.
  • On pleasant days, open windows to allow house to breathe.
  • Decorate safely for the holidays. Do not overload circuits or use worn extension cords.
  • If you have any questions please refer to your Embassy Homes Homeowner Manual, or call our office for information.