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Why Wait? 4 Household Chores to Take Care of Before Winter Arrives

Now that summer is over, you need to really get busy. With all the things you need to do to get back into your hectic schedule, including kids going back to school, and you heading back to work, it can be easy to forget about home maintenance issues. Unfortunately, ignoring your home maintenance chores can leave your home susceptible to some serious problems. Don't delay your home maintenance any longer. Get your home ready for the long winter ahead by taking care of these four projects.

Repair or Replace Your Old Air Conditioner

Okay, you're not going to be using your air conditioner during the winter, but it's still a project that should be undertaken now. If you wait until next summer to repair or replace your air conditioner, you might end up paying a higher cost for it, since AC prices tend to go up in warmer weather. Plus, if you wait to long to take care of your air conditioner problems, you could end up spending part of your summer in the heat, while you wait for an opening in your AC technicians busy schedule.

Don't get left in the heat next summer. Take care of your air conditioning problems now, while the weather is cool, and local air conditioning contractors have an open schedule.

Protect Your Home Against Water Damage

You've seen all the flooding go on around the US right now. The last thing you want is to end up with flood waters in your home when the next big storm blows through. While there's no way to adequately waterproof your home against a Category 4 or 5 hurricane, there are ways to waterproof it against typical seasonal storms that will come through. One way is to install an exterior drainage system around the perimeter of your home. Underground drainage systems, such as a French drain, will collect the water and drain it further out into your yard where it can't do any damage.

Take a Jet to Those Drains

If you don't want to be bothered with obnoxious drain odors and clogs, get your drains cleaned while the weather is still mild. A good cleaning will clear out all the nasty debris that's collected inside your drains over the past year. Things like rotten food particles, hair, and even fecal matter can really creating a nasty problem inside your drains. Drain cleaning will get rid of all that so you can rest easy.

Get a Good Look at Your Septic

If you've got a septic system, now's a really good time to get it inspected, especially if you're expecting a lot of rain this year. When the tank is empty, it's easier for your septic system to process all the extra water that might be coming it's way when the rains arrive. Not only that, but if you have your septic system serviced now, you won't need to worry about it for another three to five years.