Truths and Myths About Fall Home Maintenance

I have put together some of the questions that readers send and made a questionnaire. See how it goes!

1. The most important thing you can do to winterize your home is to do a thorough exterior inspection. Yes or no?

2. In the fall, the most common injury is a spider bite. Yes or no?

3. Batteries should be replaced in all smoke detectors indoors during the fall. Yes or no?

4. Radon gas levels are always lower in the winter in your home. Yes or no?

5. Exterior covers will last as long as the house. Yes or no?

6. In the fall, you must burn the leaves that fall in your garden. Yes or no?


1. YES. A close inspection on foot will reveal problems you can take care of now before the winter weather makes it unpleasant. Walk around the perimeter of your home looking for small entrances where mice and insects can enter. Seal now. Next, look at the siding, windows, and ceiling with binoculars for anything wrong. Look at rubber boots around pipe vents, a common place for leaks.

2. NO. The most common injury in a fall is slipping off a ladder. This happens when gutters are cleaned and roof sheets are removed. Check your ladder before you get on it and make sure you have a solid grip on the ground and the roof line. Ask someone else to see you – hold the ladder and be on the lookout for problems. Better yet, have someone else clean the gutters!

3) NO. You should CHECK your smoke detectors at every change of season, but modern alkaline batteries will last for years. Modern smoke detectors will alert you when the battery is low.

4. NO. Actually, radon gas has a higher reading in homes that are closed due to winter weather. Radon gas comes out of the ground and is the result of the natural breakdown (radioactive decay) of uranium. It is usually found in rocks and igneous soils, which we have here in the mountains in abundance. Long-term exposure to radon causes lung cancer, and if you haven’t had your home tested, find a home inspector or go to your favorite home store for a test kit. Radon levels can be reduced to safe levels in most homes through a ventilation system.

5. NO. Decks typically last 15-20 years at most. Houses, on the other hand, can remain solid for 100 years or more, depending on the materials and structure.

6. NO. Burning yard debris creates a number of toxins, including carbon monoxide, dioxins, ozone-forming chemicals, nitrogen oxide, and dust. Some people experience asthma attacks or other respiratory problems as a result of exposure to smoke, which is particularly harmful to the elderly, the very young, and people with conditions such as emphysema or bronchitis. To do? Make a compost pile. It will gradually become a suitable mulch for the garden.

How did you do it? If you got at least two correct, you are in the majority. Three to four on the right and is well versed in home maintenance and building. If you got them right, pat yourself on the back, you are an expert!

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