Prepare Your Home for Fall
Inspect Your Gutters
Ensure your rain gutters are adequately draining. Many companies will remove clogged tracks or replace rain gutters for a fraction of what interior or exterior flood damage may cost you.
Check Weather Stripping on Windows
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25-30 percent of heating use is a product of heat loss through windows. Check for drafts near windows, and repair damaged weather stripping. *Shut a strip of paper in your windows. If the paper pulls out easily, you may want to consider replacing weatherstripping.*
Inspect Your Fireplace
Before enjoying your first cozy fire, schedule a fireplace inspection with a certified chimney sweep to ensure the chimney is clear and sealing is intact.
Inspect Your Roof
Take a look at flashing surrounding chimney, sweep any debris, inspect any areas which may accumulate moisture, trim back any trees growing over/near your roof. Hiring a licensed and insured contractor to complete these tasks is always a wise choice.
Prepare Outdoor Living Spaces for Winter
Add an extra layer of mulch to flower beds, begin overseeding your lawn early October for a full winter lawn, and break out the patio furniture to enjoy a cool Valley winter.