While you are picking out the perfect pumpkin and putting up the fall wreaths to dress your home in warm colors to match the foliage, it's important to also think about keeping your home's systems running smoothly all winter long. We're here to help with our fall checklist of tips. Aside from maintaining your you home to keep you safe and warm all winter, it's important to know that most homeowner's insurance policies do not cover damage resulting form lack of maintenance. So, protect your investment and your peace of mind by following some basic winter preparation tips.
1. Clean your home's gutters, removing all leaves and debris. When left untended water and or ice can build up and cause interior flooding and exterior rot. Replace if necessary.
2. Drain all exterior water hoses and pipes and shut off exterior valves to prevent water from freezing in pipes. Disconnect the hoses and store until spring.
3. Inspect your roof for any damage or missing shingles and pay close attention to flashing around skylights and chimneys. Have a professional make any repairs needed.
4. Have your wood burning fireplace chimney(s) cleaned and inspected prior to building that first toasty fire.
5. Service any winter outdoor equipment; you'll want that snow blower in tip top shape.
6. Have the furnace/boiler cleaned and serviced.
7. If you have a freestanding generator have it serviced.
8. Inspect around your windows and doors for any gaps, leaks or cracks and apply caulk where needed.
9. Remove unused gas from mowers and other equipment and store properly until spring.
10. Bring outdoor furniture inside to prolong its use.
11. Cover and/or store outdoor "toys"; boats, kayaks etc.
12. CHANGE BATTERIES IN SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS.
Following this basic checklist will help you rest easy and stay cozy all winter long.