Fall Home Maintenance Checklist Before Winter in Utah  

Be prepared for the cold winter weather to avoid the risk of potentially severe property damage. There are some critical preventive maintenance tasks that homeowners should take to avoid severe issues that can require professional rehab by a professional fire or water damage restoration company. Below is a checklist of basic home maintenance tasks to complete each year before winter weather sets in. With your list completed by the time the temperatures start to plummet, you’ll be ready to relax inside your safe and cozy home with the family and enjoy your favorite wintertime activities.

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

To maintain a healthy and safe living environment during winter, use this handy checklist to ensure that all vulnerable areas of your home’s interior and exterior are in winter-worthy condition:

Smoke Alarms

Each bedroom should have a smoke detector to help prevent a major house fire. Areas outside bedrooms should also have these life-saving smoke detection units on every level of a home. Follow a periodic maintenance schedule. A seasonal routine may work well for you. Clean your smoke detectors routinely to keep them free from dust or buildup from cooking grease, etc. Check the batteries on the schedule recommended by the manufacturer. Replace smoke detectors periodically as recommended by the manufacturer.

Carbon Monoxide Detector

Insufficient maintenance of carbon monoxide alarms can lead to deadly consequences of this odorless gas. Dirt buildup in and on the units can compromise their effectiveness in detecting the gas. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for routine maintenance and testing of your carbon monoxide detectors. Also, make sure your product features an alarm to alert you when an alarm is no longer functioning.

Roof

Winter weather takes its toll on a roof over time, so a top priority must be to examine your roof periodically for signs of deterioration that can potentially lead to leaks. Check shingles, seal along flashing, and around the chimney, vent pipes, HVAC equipment, skylights, etc., and inspect any screws on flashing, vent hoods, equipment mounts, etc., for the deterioration that puts the roof and your home at risk of damage from rain or ice/snow melt.

Guttering

With the falling leaves, it’s the season to clean the gutters to keep them from clogging and potentially damaging your roof or exterior siding from rotting or insect infestations. Check and tighten any loose brackets. Inspect spaces behind gutters against the building exterior under the eves, and check downspouts.

Doors and Windows

Repair damaged door or window frames. Replace worn caulking or weather stripping. Caulk around any doors, windows, and other openings in the building to seal up crevices and prevent drafts that can escalate heating costs. Add seasonal storm windows and doors as needed for your climate region to maximize protection against costly energy loss.

HVAC System

Change air filters. Clean heating and cooling ducts to help minimize risks for people in your home with respiratory issues. Check HVAC filters and replace them as needed. Have your equipment inspected at intervals suggested by your manufacturer (usually annually). Consider having a professional inspection of the system to help maintain the best performance and minimize the risk of minor issues leading to expensive major equipment repairs.

Attic

Attics are great air spaces that insulate homes from the loss of rising heat in winter. But, they’re notorious (even in new homes) for simple undetected issues that can cause soaring energy bills, damage from water leaks, and diminished comfort from extreme heat loss. Check to ensure attic insulation is not covering vent openings in eaves that can cause ice damming. Check ridge vents for a buildup of blown landscape debris. Install screens on attic vents to prohibit entry by rodents, birds, etc.

Fireplace

If your fireplace is used frequently during cold weather, you should have the chimney cleaned each year before the first use of the season. This is essential for helping prevent a chimney fire that can endanger your home and family. Check the flue to make sure it seals properly when closed. Consider having the chimney professionally inspected annually to ensure safety.

Plumbing

Every year in the U.S., millions of dollars in property damage and mold growth result from frozen plumbing pipes that burst and flood homes and commercial buildings. Inspect the entire length of each plumbing line in your home and their connection points to water faucets, and the dishwasher, ice maker, water heaters, etc. to ensure that each pipe is properly insulated against exposure to freezing temperatures and that fittings at connections appear to be secure. Make sure you know where your home’s main water shut-off valve is located and how to turn off the water in an emergency.

Pest Control

Pests like rodents and roaches move indoors and infest millions of U.S. American homes each winter. They can contaminate furniture, bedding, food, children’s play areas, etc. They can increase risks for people with respiratory conditions, and some can damage your home’s structure. Seal all potential entry points, such as foundation or exterior cracks, crevices, or holes for utility lines, and eliminate causes of any standing water around the building's exterior.

Building Exterior

Carefully examine the exterior surfaces of your house, including the foundation, siding, edges of window frames, door seals, entry points for utility lines, and roof. Look for cracks, crevices, and other gaps or openings where water, air, or household pests can access your home, and seal them well. Shut off outside faucets. Insulate pipes that are exposed to outside temperatures with heat tape.

Energy Audit

You can perform your own DIY energy audit to locate areas of needed adjustments to reduce energy waste. For example, find and eliminate drafts around windows, doors, attic vents, plumbing, electrical line entries, and other areas vulnerable to air leaks. Use lower-watt light bulbs, and unplug electrical devices while not in use. Consider having a professional audit for maximum energy savings.

Lawn and Garden

Perform lawn and garden winterization following the instructions from your local landscape professional to help ensure thriving trees, grass, and garden plants in the spring. Prune trees and shrubs, if needed, aerate and fertilize the soil to promote healthy grass growth, and apply lawn and garden insect treatments as recommended. Trim branches near power lines or your roof to avoid the risk of fire or structural damage from ice or heavy snow.

Winter’s Coming – But Your Home is Ready!

Yes, a thorough DIY seasonal home inspection can be time-consuming. But, if you do a few items per week in the fall, you’ll soon finish the list and can celebrate the achievement. Your family will be safer and more comfortable and your home will be better protected from the risk of damage due to the winter elements. You can enjoy the winter with greater peace of mind and in a healthier environment, and you can save substantially on energy costs.

For Home Restoration Services – Utah Flood Cleanup

If you need sewage cleanup, fire restoration, or water damage repair in your home due to a wintertime disaster, we will quickly return your property to its previous condition. We also provide mold abatement, which is often necessary when water damage occurs.

For damage due to interior flooding from a roof leak, pipe burst, or other cause, call Utah Flood Cleanup at (801) 416-2666, or contact us here online to schedule a damage inspection.

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I had the chance to meet and work with Chris today. He was exceptional. He stopped to take the time to talk through all my concerns. And even gave me the pep talk I needed that everything was going to be okay, even with my insurance not being quick to communicate. Couldn't be happier with the quality of Utah Flood Company's team. They are all top notch!
Cindy Yearley
Cindy Yearley
22:13 18 Jul 24
Memo, Isaac, and Manny are amazing. They came out assessed the damage and started the tear out immediately. They are great at communicating what's steps are needed and how we need to proceed on our end.
Barbara Hake
Barbara Hake
04:38 28 Jun 24
Manni and Memo came out to our home for a flood we had in the basement. They were incredible gentleman who helped us with everything and walked us through DIY steps for us to do in order to save money. I will absolutely recommend this company to anyone!
Lee Lasrich
Lee Lasrich
22:48 30 Apr 24
I was corrected and they are still in business. Talked to Daryl and he’s a great guy. Would definitely send work his way if I ever need it.
Robert Mixon
Robert Mixon
22:36 07 Mar 23
We had a leak in our roof while we were out of town. Daryl was so helpful and responded quickly so we were able to get our wood floor dried out to avoid damage to the floor. He was very professional and knew exactly what needed to be done.
Gary Hatch
Gary Hatch
22:52 07 Jun 22
I contact Daryl about wanting to have a mold inspection done in my crawl space. He was incredibly nice and immediately booked at time with me. When he arrived at the house, he carefully did his work, showed me the results of the tests. Thankfully there was no mold. But, even better, he took the time to show me and explain a few areas of concern for the future. Really incredible service. I wish everyone was so professional. I couldn't recommend someone more highly. 5 star!
rhayesparton
rhayesparton
23:22 13 May 22
Daryl with Utah Flood Clean Up, came to inspect a previous roof leak that had left some moisture in our walls. He was very honest about his findings and detailed with the information for removing it! I am a General Contractor and I won’t use anyone else!
Garry Naccarato
Garry Naccarato
14:11 23 Apr 22
My experience with this company is that they are honest and great to work with. Very refreshing to have someone you can trust.
Trevor Heaton
Trevor Heaton
19:44 06 May 20
Called for some detailed information about mold/removal. Daryl was busy, but called back just a few minutes later and spent time answering ALL my questions. He was very knowledgable and patient. Thank you Daryl.
Diane G
Diane G
18:00 17 Apr 20
Sadly, I've had to use Utah Flood Cleanup 4 times in the last year! I really appreciate how quickly they responded to each casualty. They were there right away! Daryl, the owner, gave me a price that was half of the other quote I got, and his men are professionals... not kids who don't have a clue. Plus, he included more "fixes" in his quote for less money. He is very knowledgeable and I felt very confident in his recommendations. He also worked directly with our insurance adjuster so that I didn't have to! I highly recommend this company.
Ashton Carrington
Ashton Carrington
16:09 16 Apr 20
I called Utah Flood Cleanup when I had a leak in the kitchen that drained down into the basement. Daryl came out shortly after speaking to me on the phone! He was friendly, professional and very knowledgeable. He quickly and thoroughly assessed the situation, explaining everything he did as he went along. I was very impressed with how thorough he was in his examination of the damage. He let me know up front what I was looking at and I felt he was very honest and reasonable. I've had other companies out who seem to know very little and just want to start ripping everything out at once! Daryl explained and showed me why he recommended what he did and I felt very comfortable and confident in his recommendations. I highly recommend this company!! You won't be sorry.
Jo Carrington
Jo Carrington
03:09 08 Jun 19
Call these guys for the best knowledge and serve for water damage or mold.
Daryl Olsen
Daryl Olsen
18:58 26 Jan 19
We wanted our house checked for mold due to a moderately high mold count in the air sample. They were very thorough and found only one small spot in the bathroom that needed attention. They advised on our options for dealing with it and did not propose expensive and unnecessary repairs.
Heather Steed
Heather Steed
02:09 16 Aug 18
We absolutely love Utah Flood Cleanup, they come in and take all the problems over. The headache of insurance companies, they pack your items up, the clean up and restoration, and they even move all the items back in. All of there staff are professional and very knowledgeable, they layout a reasonable budget and fight against the insurance to get your house to the best finished state. All of there sub contractors are fast and experts in their fields, this company only uses professional tradesman. We really appreciate all that the Utah Flood Cleanup guys have done for us.
Kit Cc
Kit Cc
03:27 15 Aug 16
Josh and Sam came to inspect the mold we found. They were on time, considerate and knowledgeable about our situation. They presented our options and recommendations to treat the issue. I will recommend Utah Disaster to my friends and family.
Connie Pinnell
Connie Pinnell
18:16 08 Jun 16
Jaxon came and assessed water damage in our basement. They were very helpful and went out of their way to make the experience as painless as possible. Very responsive when questions came up and they were never pushy, which I appreciate.
Aimee Hollingsworth
Aimee Hollingsworth
19:48 01 Jun 16
Jaxon was great, he answered his phone at 6:30 am and was out in an hour and got my basement cleaned up
neil norton
neil norton
14:55 31 May 16
Within the last year we had a major flood in the basement, and just today had another water issue that flooded a smaller portion of the basement. I called The Flood Company immediately and they were on-site within an hour or so. I'm extremely pleased with The Flood Co. The professionalism and expertise demonstrate by Jackson and Sam put my mind at ease, knowing we would be taken care of well. I would recommend The Flood Company to anyone in need of these services. They get a five star rating from us!
William Hansen
William Hansen
03:03 26 May 16
My main water line broke and our crawl space was flooding. I called my insurance company and they recommended these guys. Sam and Jesus showed up and got things taken care of. They stopped the water line and put fans to dry the area. The insurance process was super smooth I'm glad I called them!
Karla Maquin
Karla Maquin
04:11 06 May 16
Utah Flood Cleanup is amazing! Josh and Jesus stopped by after their shift and were kind enough to give us a free inspection of our flood problem. Our little 4 year old thought he'd make a sauna in the bathroom. He flipped the shower on and walked away. We never heard the water running and came upstairs to put my daughter to bed. Sure enough, the shower was pointed into the bathroom and flooded the whole thing. Josh and Jesus came out got the whole place inspected, pulled out themal meters and moisture meters and confirmed there was water damage (and old mold growth from previous spills). They grabbed their tools and began demolishing the floor themselves, right then and there so we could get fans on it to prevent future mold growth. I hope I never have another flood but if I do, I'm definitely calling them again! They're the best!!~~~
Jessica Means
Jessica Means
01:49 22 Apr 16
These guys are great to work with and really go above and beyond to serve their customers.
Zack Adams
Zack Adams
17:36 16 Dec 15
I called in the morning and they came that afternoon. Chris and Jesus came. They were professional, polite, knowledgeable and they quickly got the place all cleaned up and prepped for the repair. Then they recommended some handymen to do the repair. I hired Hank and he was great too. Did the whole job in one day.
Alan Green
Alan Green
20:37 16 Oct 15
You showed up to our house based upon little information. When you got here you went right to work looking to see what was going on. With being a family of 7, it can be a scramble being out of a bathroom and no shower. You were excellent and so kind on letting us know what our options are and what you can do to resolve the problem in our basement bathroom. With being in our new home, not even making a second mortgage payment yet, it is hard to discover there is mold and a water leak through out the basement bathroom and laundry room. I really appreciate the time you took out of your day to come to our house. My brother in law referred us to you, and it was the best referral, so thank you very much.
Ashley Metz
Ashley Metz
22:39 30 Sep 15

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I had the chance to meet and work with Chris today. He was exceptional. He stopped to take the time to talk through all my concerns. And even gave me the pep talk I needed that everything was going to be okay, even with my insurance not being quick to communicate. Couldn't be happier with the quality of Utah Flood Company's team. They are all top notch!
Cindy Yearley
Cindy Yearley
22:13 18 Jul 24
Memo, Isaac, and Manny are amazing. They came out assessed the damage and started the tear out immediately. They are great at communicating what's steps are needed and how we need to proceed on our end.
Barbara Hake
Barbara Hake
04:38 28 Jun 24
Manni and Memo came out to our home for a flood we had in the basement. They were incredible gentleman who helped us with everything and walked us through DIY steps for us to do in order to save money. I will absolutely recommend this company to anyone!
Lee Lasrich
Lee Lasrich
22:48 30 Apr 24
I was corrected and they are still in business. Talked to Daryl and he’s a great guy. Would definitely send work his way if I ever need it.
Robert Mixon
Robert Mixon
22:36 07 Mar 23
We had a leak in our roof while we were out of town. Daryl was so helpful and responded quickly so we were able to get our wood floor dried out to avoid damage to the floor. He was very professional and knew exactly what needed to be done.
Gary Hatch
Gary Hatch
22:52 07 Jun 22
I contact Daryl about wanting to have a mold inspection done in my crawl space. He was incredibly nice and immediately booked at time with me. When he arrived at the house, he carefully did his work, showed me the results of the tests. Thankfully there was no mold. But, even better, he took the time to show me and explain a few areas of concern for the future. Really incredible service. I wish everyone was so professional. I couldn't recommend someone more highly. 5 star!
rhayesparton
rhayesparton
23:22 13 May 22
Daryl with Utah Flood Clean Up, came to inspect a previous roof leak that had left some moisture in our walls. He was very honest about his findings and detailed with the information for removing it! I am a General Contractor and I won’t use anyone else!
Garry Naccarato
Garry Naccarato
14:11 23 Apr 22
My experience with this company is that they are honest and great to work with. Very refreshing to have someone you can trust.
Trevor Heaton
Trevor Heaton
19:44 06 May 20
Called for some detailed information about mold/removal. Daryl was busy, but called back just a few minutes later and spent time answering ALL my questions. He was very knowledgable and patient. Thank you Daryl.
Diane G
Diane G
18:00 17 Apr 20
Sadly, I've had to use Utah Flood Cleanup 4 times in the last year! I really appreciate how quickly they responded to each casualty. They were there right away! Daryl, the owner, gave me a price that was half of the other quote I got, and his men are professionals... not kids who don't have a clue. Plus, he included more "fixes" in his quote for less money. He is very knowledgeable and I felt very confident in his recommendations. He also worked directly with our insurance adjuster so that I didn't have to! I highly recommend this company.
Ashton Carrington
Ashton Carrington
16:09 16 Apr 20
I called Utah Flood Cleanup when I had a leak in the kitchen that drained down into the basement. Daryl came out shortly after speaking to me on the phone! He was friendly, professional and very knowledgeable. He quickly and thoroughly assessed the situation, explaining everything he did as he went along. I was very impressed with how thorough he was in his examination of the damage. He let me know up front what I was looking at and I felt he was very honest and reasonable. I've had other companies out who seem to know very little and just want to start ripping everything out at once! Daryl explained and showed me why he recommended what he did and I felt very comfortable and confident in his recommendations. I highly recommend this company!! You won't be sorry.
Jo Carrington
Jo Carrington
03:09 08 Jun 19
Call these guys for the best knowledge and serve for water damage or mold.
Daryl Olsen
Daryl Olsen
18:58 26 Jan 19
We wanted our house checked for mold due to a moderately high mold count in the air sample. They were very thorough and found only one small spot in the bathroom that needed attention. They advised on our options for dealing with it and did not propose expensive and unnecessary repairs.
Heather Steed
Heather Steed
02:09 16 Aug 18
We absolutely love Utah Flood Cleanup, they come in and take all the problems over. The headache of insurance companies, they pack your items up, the clean up and restoration, and they even move all the items back in. All of there staff are professional and very knowledgeable, they layout a reasonable budget and fight against the insurance to get your house to the best finished state. All of there sub contractors are fast and experts in their fields, this company only uses professional tradesman. We really appreciate all that the Utah Flood Cleanup guys have done for us.
Kit Cc
Kit Cc
03:27 15 Aug 16
Josh and Sam came to inspect the mold we found. They were on time, considerate and knowledgeable about our situation. They presented our options and recommendations to treat the issue. I will recommend Utah Disaster to my friends and family.
Connie Pinnell
Connie Pinnell
18:16 08 Jun 16
Jaxon came and assessed water damage in our basement. They were very helpful and went out of their way to make the experience as painless as possible. Very responsive when questions came up and they were never pushy, which I appreciate.
Aimee Hollingsworth
Aimee Hollingsworth
19:48 01 Jun 16
Jaxon was great, he answered his phone at 6:30 am and was out in an hour and got my basement cleaned up
neil norton
neil norton
14:55 31 May 16
Within the last year we had a major flood in the basement, and just today had another water issue that flooded a smaller portion of the basement. I called The Flood Company immediately and they were on-site within an hour or so. I'm extremely pleased with The Flood Co. The professionalism and expertise demonstrate by Jackson and Sam put my mind at ease, knowing we would be taken care of well. I would recommend The Flood Company to anyone in need of these services. They get a five star rating from us!
William Hansen
William Hansen
03:03 26 May 16
My main water line broke and our crawl space was flooding. I called my insurance company and they recommended these guys. Sam and Jesus showed up and got things taken care of. They stopped the water line and put fans to dry the area. The insurance process was super smooth I'm glad I called them!
Karla Maquin
Karla Maquin
04:11 06 May 16
Utah Flood Cleanup is amazing! Josh and Jesus stopped by after their shift and were kind enough to give us a free inspection of our flood problem. Our little 4 year old thought he'd make a sauna in the bathroom. He flipped the shower on and walked away. We never heard the water running and came upstairs to put my daughter to bed. Sure enough, the shower was pointed into the bathroom and flooded the whole thing. Josh and Jesus came out got the whole place inspected, pulled out themal meters and moisture meters and confirmed there was water damage (and old mold growth from previous spills). They grabbed their tools and began demolishing the floor themselves, right then and there so we could get fans on it to prevent future mold growth. I hope I never have another flood but if I do, I'm definitely calling them again! They're the best!!~~~
Jessica Means
Jessica Means
01:49 22 Apr 16
These guys are great to work with and really go above and beyond to serve their customers.
Zack Adams
Zack Adams
17:36 16 Dec 15
I called in the morning and they came that afternoon. Chris and Jesus came. They were professional, polite, knowledgeable and they quickly got the place all cleaned up and prepped for the repair. Then they recommended some handymen to do the repair. I hired Hank and he was great too. Did the whole job in one day.
Alan Green
Alan Green
20:37 16 Oct 15
You showed up to our house based upon little information. When you got here you went right to work looking to see what was going on. With being a family of 7, it can be a scramble being out of a bathroom and no shower. You were excellent and so kind on letting us know what our options are and what you can do to resolve the problem in our basement bathroom. With being in our new home, not even making a second mortgage payment yet, it is hard to discover there is mold and a water leak through out the basement bathroom and laundry room. I really appreciate the time you took out of your day to come to our house. My brother in law referred us to you, and it was the best referral, so thank you very much.
Ashley Metz
Ashley Metz
22:39 30 Sep 15

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