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Home Preparations For Fall/Winter

We’re well into Fall and no matter where you live, there are things you should be doing to prepare for Winter.

If you live in an area where the temperature falls below freezing:

– Turn off all outside water sources and leave the valve open to make sure there is no standing water that can freeze in the pipe and cause a failure. This includes any sprinkler timers!

– Put away all hoses and sprinklers to prevent damage from freezing. Most plastic and rubber that hoses and sprinklers are made of don’t handle severe cold very well.

– Make sure your rain gutters are clean of debris such as leaves and branches. They can block water flow which can freeze and cause a failure in your gutters.

– Cover, or better yet, store your outdoor furniture to protect it from the elements. Cushions should be brought indoors to prevent freezing.

– Pots and planters should be emptied and drained of all water.

– Purchase ice salt BEFORE the ground freezes as you’ll need it to get out of your driveway.

– Check that your shovel or snow thrower are in working shape. You don’t want to have to buy a new one when you’re already snowed in!

– The sun begins to set earlier, so check your timers if you’re lights are on one rather than on dusk to dawn detectors. In that note, it’s a good time to make sure all your lights are working and replace any bulbs if needed.

If you are fortunate enough to live in a warmer climate, then the following applies to you as well as those in a colder climate:

– Clean up debris in your yard. Leaves, branches and other things that build up can clog storm drains when the rains come.

– Test the smoke detectors and CO2 detectors. If they are battery operated, it’s a good time to replace the batteries regardless.

– Change the filter on your furnace. You probably had your windows open for some of the summer which let in a lot of dust. This dust will have collected on your filter when your AC was on. A clean filter will help with efficiency of your air handler.

I hope these tips are helpful to you. If nothing else, at least act as a tickler for things particular to your home.

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