Sep 30, 2016 by Comfort Keepers
When fall hits, seniors should perform some home maintenance tasks to ensure that their home is in tip-top condition for the cold winter. By taking care of their home before winter, seniors can prevent home damage and costly repairs down the road. Professionals who provide home care assistance recommend that seniors take the following preventative home maintenance steps this fall:
Clean Gutters and Downspouts
During the fall, seniors should hire someone to clean their gutters and downspouts. Clean gutters and downspouts will prevent the buildup of leaves and other debris. When gutters are ignored, seniors may have to cope with the costly consequences of clogged gutters. Home care assistance providers recommend gutter guards for seniors looking for a more permanent solution to gutter clogs.
Prepare Windows and Doors for Winter
Seniors should replace summer screens to screens that are specifically designed for winter storms. Any loose door frames or windows should also be repaired. Additionally, it’s a good idea to install caulking and weather stripping to protect against drafts.
Inspect the Chimney
A chimney inspection is well worth the investment. Seniors who opt for a professional chimney inspection can avoid leaks or other flaws that can cause damage to the structure of their chimney and home. Chimney inspections are an easy way for seniors to protect against the occurrence of a dangerous chimney fire.
Clean Outdoor Equipment
It’s likely that aging adults have utilized their grill, patio furniture, hot tub, pool, and other outdoor equipment in the summer months. Now that the summer has passed, seniors should clean these items and properly store them before the winter hits. Home care assistance professionals encourage seniors to hire a professional cleaning company to take care of cleaning projects that are beyond their scope.
Inspect the Furnace and Air Conditioning Units
If possible, seniors should put aside some money each year to have their furnace cleaned once a year in order to ensure it operates at its optimal efficiency. In some cases, the filter will need to be changed on a monthly or yearly basis. Air conditioning units should also be cleaned to allow air to flow freely.
Conduct a Home Safety Inspection
There are a number of ways seniors can make sure that they will be safe in their home all winter long. Seniors should test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, check fire extinguishers, purchase emergency heating and lighting supplies, and review fire escape routes.
Keep in mind that a senior will likely need assistance with the majority of these fall home maintenance tasks. Professionals as well as friends and family members are sure to help.
Comfort Keepers of Spring Lake, MI provides care services to seniors in the following areas: Grand Haven, Norton Shores, Muskegon, North Muskegon, Whitehall,Montague, Fruitport and the surrounding areas of Spring Lake, MI.