Here are your Monthly Home Maintenance Tips For September:
General walk-through: Check/add salt to water softener. Check smoke and fire alarms. Plan fall projects.
Test automatic garage door opener for safety reverse on contact, if so equipped.
Check interior windows for dryness and weathering along sills and framing. Clean and apply varnish to natural wood surfaces. Concentrate along sash sills where moisture from condensation collects and combines with sunlight to dry out the wood. Prime and paint any surfaces previously painted that are cracking, exposing bare wood. If combination storm windows, check for proper drainage along sill.
Check gutters, downspouts, extensions and foundation landscaping. Landscaping is your first and most effective defense against basement flooding. Here are some landscaping tips courtesy of Madison.com and today’s video from Today’s Home Remodeler TV features a Green Ideas segment on Bush Honeysuckle which makes good ground cover near your foundation.