As summer turns to fall, roll up your sleeves and tackle those home improvement projects that will maximize the safety, energy efficiency and curb appeal of your home. Here are five projects to add to your fall chore list:
In the fall, the days are shorter and the nights longer, which makes ensuring you have enough lighting important. You will also want to replace any burned out bulbs, clean lenses and if necessary, adjust fixtures. Consider installing motion detectors as well. Making sure your exterior lights are working as they should will help keep your home safe and secure after the sun has gone down.
The International Door Association recommends testing the garage door’s balance, reversing mechanism, and photo eyes each month to ensure they are functioning properly. If you are not comfortable performing these tests, contact a local garage door repair company for service.
If it does not reverse, you can try cleaning the lens using a soft microfiber cloth. You can also try adjusting the photo eyes by hand if they appear out of alignment. After performing these tasks, try testing the system again. If it fails again, disconnect the opener from the door until repairs can be made.
Reminder: The garage door is the heaviest moving component of your home. Use white lithium grease to lubricate all moving parts. This includes the door’s springs, hinges, cables, pulleys, and lift brackets. Be careful not to lubricate the tracks or rollers as this can cause the door to slip and become unbalanced. With a damp, clean cloth, clean the tracks and allow sufficient time for them to air dry.
Keep warm air in and cold air out by replacing worn weatherstripping. Check your windows and doors, the garage door included, for incoming drafts. Caulk around leaky windows and install weatherstripping to prevent drafts around doors. Weatherstripping can be found at most any local hardware or home improvement store for under $20. You may also want to consider replacing the garage door’s threshold seal.