Get Ready For Pumpkins And Snowflakes

It’s Time For Fall In North Texas

It may still be 100 degrees in the shade, but it’s time to get your home and family ready for the colder temperatures.  Better Homes And Gardens recently published a very detailed list of chores you (or your teenagers) need to do in the next few weeks. But here’s a shorter checklist for your DFW Metroplex home:

Your Home’s Fall Checklist

It’s time to prepare your home to withstand winter’s frosty bite.

Fall is the perfect time to take care of the little things that can make a big difference for you and your home. Most of the tasks listed below are well within the average person’s ability. But even if you choose to have a professional handle them, it’s worth the expense. You’ll save money — and maybe even your life.

Here’s the checklist at a glance. See the full article for more detailed guidance.

  • Get your mind in the gutters. Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts.

  • Button up your overcoat. Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulk.

  • Get on top of roof problems. Inspect your roof for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents.

  • Walks the walks (and drives). Take steps to repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps.

  • Chill out. Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.

  • Freshen your filter. Clean or replace dirty furnace filters.

  • Give your furnace a physical. Have a professional inspect your heating system.

  • Gather round the hearth. Check fireplaces for soot or creosote build-up. Better yet, schedule a visit from a reputable chimney sweep.

  • Keep the humidifier humming. Clean the plates or pads to ensure efficient operation.

  • Head-off gas problems. If you have a gas-fired room heater, have it inspected by a pro. Also, perform any routine maintenance recommended by the maker.

  • Keep the wood fires burning brightly. Wood stoves are making a comeback. To avoid a deadly situation, be sure to inspect yours before firing it up.

  • Keep your family safe at home. A home safety check should be an annual ritual in every household. Test smoke and CO monitors, inspect (or install) fire extinguishers, review fire escape plans, and rid your home of old newspapers and other fire hazards.

Most of these items homeowners can do themselves quite easily. Others require a call to your HVAC, Plumbing and Electrical professionals. Berkeys Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical is happy to have our staff inspect each of those systems for any foreseeable problems. We offer three membership plans to help you save money on those service calls, too.

  • Berkeys’ BAM Plan includes 2 annual tune-ups, priority scheduling, and 15% savings on service.
  • CLUB Plumbing Membership includes priority scheduling, coupons and discounts, extended warranties and a complete inspection of your plumbing and appliance connections.
  • Berkeys’ AMP Plan includes priority scheduling, coupons and discounts, extended warranties and a complete safety inspection of your electrical panels, receptacles, indoor/outdoor lighting, and more.

When you need a dependable, knowledgeable plumber, electrician or HVAC technician in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, call a name you trust. Berkeys Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical 24/7, Call us 817-405-0740 or visit for questions and scheduling information or on Facebook at

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