When autumn comes, it’s not long before we have to start considering getting ready for winter. The cold, freezing, as well as the snow, can wreak havoc on your home and property. Here’s what we recommend to get ready for the winter months!
Nobody really enjoys raking, and frankly, a lawn full of leaves can sometimes look beautiful, but leaving too many leaves in an area that will be covered in snow can inhibit springtime growth. Using a lightweight rake, and a good pair of gloves get those leaves up before the snow falls to help with a beautiful lawn come spring.
After you’re done raking, check your gutters and downspouts. If they’re clogged, water coming off your roof won’t be directed to the right places, and can cause overflows that send water onto your siding or into your pool causing damage!
Turn Off Faucets
Turning off your outside faucets can help avoid your pipes freezing. Frozen pipes are a horrible situation, so this is one you want to be sure that you do. While you’re at it, drain and store your hose indoors.
Check Safety Devices
It’s recommended that you change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors with each time change – we suggest that you take the time with your autumn and winter prep to test your detectors and change their batteries. Also, if you haven’t had your home checked for radon, autumn is a great time to do so. As the weather gets colder and windows stay shut, radon is more likely to become trapped in your home.
Preparing your home and property for the changing seasons is a great way to keep track of ongoing maintenance that needs to be done. It also helps alert you to any potential problems that may arise during extreme weather and may save you from costly repairs or needing to make an insurance claim. If you have any questions about what else you can do to ensure your home is protected – including your insurance policy – let us know!