Is your property ready for Fall and Winter?

fall2013Aaah Fall is finally here. The great part of living in New England is we get to enjoy all the seasons. Summer was great. Hot days at the beach… Sangria by the pool… but if you’re a true New England’er you’re happy to see the crisp air fall your way.

Here are some tips on making sure your property is ready for the colder weather.

Roof Inspections –  Check for separations or loose roofing materials. Make sure flat sections drain well and peaks are sealed. Consider hiring a qualified contractor to inspect for you.

Gutters, Downspouts & Drains – Leaf & debris build up can clog drainage systems. Ensure all systems are clear so you lower the risk of water intrusion to the property. Be sure to check throughout the season as leaves continue to fall.

Safety Pruning – Consider pruning overhanging trees now. Safety pruning will limit the risk of falling limbs and also extend the life of the trees.

Exterior Doors and Windows – Check to make sure that caulking is still flexible and seals gaps between window/door frames and exterior walls. This ensures warm air stays inside the and seals the building envelope from water penetration.

Exterior Faucets & Irrigation Systems – Drain older non-frost-proof faucets to keep them from freezing.

Heating System – Inspect all the furnaces and heat pumps to ensure they are clean and operating properly with clean filters. Clogged and dirty filters cause the heating system to waste energy.

Detectors – Check carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to make sure they are operational. Clean chimneys and exhaust systems to ensure they are clear and not clogged. Proper exhaust will limit potential gas risks.

Disaster Review – Now is a great time to restore and check your disaster kits.

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