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Fall Is Here – Is Your Home Ready for Cold Weather?

Fall is in the air! This is a great season for you take care of a few things around the house before winter weather hits.

First of all, get your furnace cleaned and serviced. It can get really dirty in the summer with the air conditioner running all the time, so have someone come out and make sure the furnace runs more efficiently.

One simple thing a lot of people forget to do is disconnect your garden hose. During a real cold snap, the pipe inside the house could freeze, and when it thaws, you’re in trouble. Avoid major damage and get it taken care of now.

Another thing that’s important this time of year is trimming tree branches so they don’t come in contact with your house or any power lines. Also, clean leaves out of the gutters to avoid ice damming, which could lead to some nasty roof leaks. If you don’t want to get up on a ladder, just give us a call and we’ll refer you to a great gutter cleaning service.

We get calls every year because of water leaks in houses. Drain your sprinkler system vacuum breaker completely. Come out and open up the drain at the bottom, and inside the house there’s a pipe to drain as well.

Now, as you change the clocks to fall back, take a minute to change your smoke detector batteries. Plus, if your smoke detector has turned yellow, it could be time for an update.

Hopefully, you all have carbon monoxide detectors in your home. If you don’t, now is a good time of year to install them before you start running the furnace. Put a carbon monoxide detector on each floor, and put them in the hallways so they will wake up anyone in the bedrooms.

Finally, make sure you’re prepared for snow. Have some good shovels, and get batteries for flashlights in case the power goes out.

If you have any questions about today’s video, please give me a call or send me an email. We look forward to hearing from you!