We can tell that autumn is truly here, the leaves are falling off the trees and the weather is certainly turning cooler. However, this is not the time of the year where it is for sitting and relaxing in the warmth, there are still jobs to do that will help to make sure you stay safe this autumn and protect yourself and your family from potential harm. Getting started on these autumnal jobs is important; they might even save you some money too.
Autumn Jobs To Help Protect Your Family
Leaves, you heard me correctly, leaves, these things are falling now and if they get wet they become a slip hazard and the last thing I want is to have someone fall over on wet slippery leaves. Keeping them swept up can save you from injury and it can protect your grass from getting damaged by having these leaves sitting on the top, preventing the light getting to the grass and effectively killing it.
Removing these leaves regularly can keep them from pilling up and potential creating a hazard, not only for you and your family but for others visiting your home.
If you have room, don’t just throw them away, they quickly can decompose and make great compost to use in your garden, just put them into black bags, poke in some air holes and leave somewhere to mulch down for about a year; and it is free!
Before you light the first fire of the season, it is important to have your chimney swept. This removes anything that could cause a chimney fire and potentially destroy your home.
It will depend on the type of fire that you have, some you need to clean more often than others, but the minimum that you clean the chimney is once a year, this makes sure that you remove any debris in your chimney and the fire is safe to use.
Don’t take risks with the potential that a blocked chimney can do, not only can it cause a chimney fire, if the smoke can’t get out, neither can the carbon monoxide and this can kill too.
You must look up! It is time to check your roof before the bad weather starts, make sure that tiles are in place and there are no obvious signs of damage that you need to repair. It is important to check the guttering again; you want them clear and not blocked as this can cause structural damage to your home.
Get help; don’t do this alone as this has the potential for risks too. You might need to pay someone to do this for you, but regular maintenance on your home is something you should have in your monthly budget.
There are covers or inserts that you can put into your guttering that stops the debris getting in and this is something, which I am considering looking at the potential cost of, as it might prevent the debris that the birds seem to drop in the guttering all the time.
Therefore, protecting your family and your home this autumn must appear on your to-do lists. Some of the tasks might mean paying for a service and if this is the case you should always get quotes first from a number of different service providers, this should ensure that you are getting value for money; don’t forget to ask for references too, check these are genuine.
It is important to ensure that your home is safe and ready for the coming winter; it can save you money too, as maintenance is cheaper than emergency repairs or time off work because of a fall and that is always an added bonus!
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What are your top 3 cleaning jobs this autumn?