Fall is almost here! Which means cold weather will be here before we know it. Before the chilly winter weather arrives, there are a few things you should take care of around your home and yard. By taking care of these things in the fall you will avoid potential headaches and damage to your home. Take a look at our list to make sure your home is all set!
Rake Your Lawn
If you have trees in your yard you are going to have to deal with the leaves falling. The different color leaves spread out over your lawn may look beautiful, but you are going to want to rake them. Leaving leaves on your lawn during the winter can affect the growth of your grass or plants when spring rolls around.
Clean Your Gutters
Speaking of getting rid of leaves, you are going to want to make sure you clean up leaves and anything else that have gathered in your gutters. If you don’t unclog your gutters it can lead to exterior damage and water in your basement. Clearing your gutters will keep water flowing smoothly and keep your home safe!
Take Care of Roof Damage
If you already have a leaky roof this is a no-brainer. Even if you think your roof is intact, it’s not a bad idea to take a look to make sure there is no damage heading into winter months. It’s much easier to do this before it gets snowy and icy outside.
Turn Off Valves to Outside Faucets
If your pipes freeze and burst, you will be dealing with very costly repairs. Luckily, there is a simple solution to avoid this issue! Make sure you turn off valves to outside faucets. Then, make sure you open up the outside faucets to drain the line.
Check for Air Leaks
If you have gaps in weather-stripping or caulk your energy bill will certainly increase. To save on your heating bills, make sure you fix those gaps so cold air isn’t creeping into your home.
Take a Look at Your Safety Devices
It’s never a bad idea to make sure your safety devices are all working properly. Check to see if your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors need a battery change. Also, check the date on your fire extinguisher to make sure it’s not expired.
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