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.
Seal Windows and Doors: Seal leaky windows and doors to help keep the chilly air out and the warm air inside. This do-it-yourself project typically involves rolling self-adhesive weatherstripping (often made of felt, vinyl, rubber or silicone) down the side of a window or door. You may also want to install a door sweep to help prevent drafts coming in between the bottom of the door and the threshold.
Care for the Lawn: A little yard work in the fall can help prevent damage to grass during the cold winter temperatures and help build a healthy lawn next spring. You can help encourage root growth and get your grass green up quickly in the spring by fertilizing in the autumn.
Lastly, don’t overlook reviewing your home insurance policy. Your needs change over time and your coverage needs may have also changed. Call our professionals at Putnam Record Insurance Agency. We will help you get the coverage you and your family require. Don’t wait. Call today!