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Fall/Winter Preparedness Tips



While you may regularly maintain your home, there are tasks that you need to remember to complete in the fall to prepare it for the season.  These steps will also help get you ready for the winter weather ahead.  Completing these tasks will help protect your most valuable asset.

Gutters:  Ensure that gutters and down spouts are cleared of any debris.  This home system, when operating efficiently, protects the exterior of the home and foundation.  Also, clearing any debris during the fall will prevent ice jams in the gutters during the winter snows.

Roof:  Fall is also a good time to check the roof for damaged or missing shingles and metal eave flashings.  Repairing these now can prevent leaks and roof damage during the coldest months of the year.

Fire Extinguishers:  Check the pressure gauge on your home’s fire extinguishers to make sure that they are fully charged.  Clean the unit and make sure that the nozzle is clear with the pins securing in place.  Also, make sure that every household member understands how to operate the unit.

Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Monitors:  Checking the batteries annually and the units at a regular time each year ensures that they will function properly when needed.

Pipes:  Check to make sure that all exterior pipes are securely wrapped and protected from freezing.

Lastly, don’t overlook reviewing your home insurance policy.  Your needs change over time and your coverage needs may have also changed.  Call or visit the professionals at Putnam Record Insurance Agency.  They will help you get the coverage you and your family needs.  Don’t wait.  Call today!


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