Fall Home Maintenance Tips – Inside and Out

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Now that fall seems to officially be here, it is the perfect time of year to take care of all those minor household maintenance projects you’ve been putting off since the start of the summer. From inside to out, there are several chores you can do to prevent frustrating breakdowns and repairs this winter. Continue reading to learn some important interior and exterior household maintenance tips that will save you time and money each year!

Indoor Home Maintenance

Inside the home, there are a few places that need inspected, and a few appliances that need a little routine service. This is important since catching a small problem early on is the best method for preventing breakdowns and costly repair bills. For starters, be sure to have your HVAC, water heater, and water softener serviced by a licensed professional. This includes inspections, flushes, filter changes, cleaning, and more.

Also, have your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors inspected. Test each device to see that it is still operational, and replace the batteries. Do this for all emergency flash lights too. On the subject of lights, this is the perfect opportunity to
replace all bulbs and burnt lamps around the house too.

Make structural repairs, like broken shelves, cracked banisters, warped floorboards, ripped carpet, painting projects, and more. Once the cold weather hits, it is difficult to have enough daylight to finish such projects on top of all other life commitments.

Exterior

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Check out the gutters and roof. Clean out all dirt, debris, leaves, twigs, and branches from your gutters; and then do the same for all rain spouts, down spouts, and outdoor drains. Fall is the perfect time of year to have your roof replaced or repaired. Check on your roof to see if you think it needs any service or repair before winter time.

Also clear away all debris from your outdoor condenser unit. Be sure leaves and twigs are not cluttered around the box. If there is water accumulation around your condenser unit, or anywhere else outside your home, have your property inspected for drainage issues.

On the subject of drainage, use this opportunity to drain all garden hoses and store them away so they are not damaged by freezing temperatures and snow. Store away all patio, porch, and deck furniture as well. Once the snow comes, furniture materials and cushions are vulnerable to damage. If you cannot store away outdoor furniture, simply purchase outdoor tarps and place them over all your belongings. Use rocks or heavy bricks to keep the tarps secure to the ground.

To maintain or improve your home’s energy efficiency, inspect or re-caulk all windows and doors. You can also trim bushes around windows to let in more natural sun and heat for the fall and winter. AS for trees, have then pruned and topped to avoid fallen trees and storm damages this winter.

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How to Replace a Broken Window Screen

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Routine window maintenance is important to achieve quality indoor climate control, as well as, whole-house energy efficiency and value. One of the most common, and frustrating, window casualties is a ripped or torn screen. When this happens, it is wise to replace the screen as soon as possible. Window screens serve many important purposes so it is important to keep them in tact all year long.

The idea of replacing a torn window screen may seem tedious, but it is in fact quite simple. With the right tools and a little instruction, anyone can install a new window screen on their own! Continue reading to how to replace a broken window screen in your home or office.

Getting Started…

First gather all the necessary tools and supplies for the job. Fortunately, everything you will need is easily attainable (any local hardware store) and inexpensive. This includes a new window screen of course. Here is a list of materials you will need to replace a window screen:

• New Window Screening
• New Spline (Rubber String)
• Two-Sided Rolling Spline Tool (Should Come with Spline)
• Utility Knife
• Flathead Screwdriver
• Clean Cloth or Rag
• Duct Tape
• Scissors

Once you have accumulated all the necessary tools and materials, you can get started by removing the window screen with frame from the window. Find a hard flat surface to work on and place the screen and frame there. Continue with the following steps:

1. Remove the existing spline from the window frame.

2. Once the spline is removed, the screen detaches easily. Use the head of the screwdriver to pry the screen from the frame if you have trouble disconnecting it.

3. Take your clean cloth and wipe down the bare frame, removing all the dirt in the grooves. To do this, place the cloth over the tip of the screwdriver and drag the flathead along the inside of the grooves.

4. Use the duct tape to secure the frame in place on all sides so that it cannot move.

5. Now you are ready to measure out a piece of new screen. Cut it larger than the surrounding width and height of the window frame.

6. Position the new screening over the window frame so that the entire frame is covered and then some. Hold in place with duct tape on the top side for added stability for the next step.

7. Use the convex side of the rolling spline tool to guide the new spline along the spline grooves in the window frame. Do this for the entire perimeter of the frame. For corners, use the flathead screwdriver to push the spline into place.

8. Once you reach the end, cut the spline with scissors.

9. Now go back over the perimeter of the spline again but with the concaved side of the roller tool.

10. Trim the excess screen off with your utility knife right above the top of the spline while holding down the screen as you cut. Hold the knife at a 45 degree angle and cut in a steady firm motion.

11. Slip the frame back into the window by pushing up and in, securing the metal window clips.

Professional Window Repair and Replacement

If you have a large-scale window repair and replacement project on your hands, call a licensed general contractor for professional and prompt service. They retain the proper tools, training, labor, and resources to undertake a window replacement and repair job in a time frame that’s convenient for you.

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Call Restoration By L and B, LLC at 317-454-3612 for window installation, repair, and replacement services in Indianapolis and its surrounding towns. Owner and general contractor, Lee Elliot, is happy to answer your questions about residential or commercial window repair and replacement anytime. Additionally, we offer a wide range of remodeling and renovation services for the entire property! Call 317-454-3612 for prompt and professional window repair and replacement in Indianapolis, IN today.