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Prepare Your Home For Fall

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10 Tips- For Autumn Home Maintenance

Before the winter cold and storms set in, follow the maintenance list below to avoid potential hazards and costly damage.

Gutters and Downspouts

  • Clean your gutters and downspouts to prevent buildup of dirt and leaves. Neglected gutters can lead to wood rot, pest infestations, and ruined gutters.
  • Ensure your water drains properly and doesn’t pool. Pooling may damage foundations, driveways, and walkways.
  • Check that all support brackets are securely in place. Be sure water is not coming down behind your gutters.

Windows and Doors

  • Install or repair weather stripping or caulking around windows and doors to prevent drafts and to lower heating bills.
  • Inspect and repair loose or damaged windows or door frames.

Plumbing

  • To prevent pipes freezing and bursting, ensure that your pipes are well insulated.
  • Locate and learn how to turn off the water shut-off valve in case pipes freeze.

Heating Systems

  • Replace the filter in your furnace.
  • Clean your ducts to improve your heating system’s efficiency and reduce household dust.

Chimney and Fireplace

  • Fireplaces that are regularly used during the season should have an annual cleaning to prevent dangerous chimney fires. Call a professional in to inspect and clean your chimney.
  • Test your fireplace flue for a tight seal when closed.

Attic Ventilation

  • Be sure attic insulation doesn’t cover vents in the eaves to prevent winter ice dams on the roof.
  • Be sure ridge vents and vents at eaves are free of plants and debris.
  • Check attic vents for any holes to prevent unwanted rodent guests.

Landscape and Yardwork

  • Although grass stops growing in the fall, the roots are growing deeper to prepare for winter. Now is a great time to fertilize and reseed your lawn.
  • Prune your trees and shrubs after the leaves turn to encourage healthy growth.
  • Cover any plants that don’t do well in freezing temperatures.
  • Trim any tree limbs that are close to power lines or the roof of your home.

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