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Fall Checklist for Homeowners

September 18, 2015
It's time to start thinking about what you can do to protect your home during the coming winter.
 
Here are a few tips to help get your house ready for winter.
 
  • Have your heating system checked by a licensed heating contractor. Replace dirty furnace filters. 
  • Have chimneys and flues inspected and cleaned if necessary. 
  • Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.
  • Clean your gutters. Overflowing water from clogged gutters can damage your roof and lead to cracks in your home's foundation. 
  • Check the supports, stairs and railings on porches and decks. Make sure the handrails can support someone grabbing them to prevent from slipping on snow or ice.
  • Test smoke and Carbon monoxide monitors, inspect (or purchase) fire extinguishers and review fire escape plans.
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