It’s Time to Winterize!

October is the first full month of fall; by the end of this month, most of your winterization should be completed. Falling leaves and dwindling daylight signal a final opportunity to do some outdoor organizing before winter.

  1. Check your shingles: Try to do this on a warm day if you have asphalt shingles on your roof, so the shingles will be flexible.
  2. Reinforce windows: If your screens are dirty or damaged, repair and clean before storing them to prevent further deterioration. Make sure to caulk around your windows as well for energy efficiency.
  3. Fire fluency: Make sure your damper is in good working order by opening and shutting it prior to lighting the first fire of the season. If you didn't clean your chimney at the end of the heating season, do it now.
  4. Check batteries in smoke detectors: Get into the habit of checking smoke-detector batteries when you "fall back" and "spring ahead."
  5. Watch those leaves: If you don't want the tannin in fall leaves to leave hard-to-clean imprints on your deck and concrete walkways, keep those surfaces leaf-free.
  6. Winterize external plumbing systems: This is the most important job of fall if you live in an area that freezes in the winter. Unhook all hoses from exterior faucets to prevent frozen pipes or leaks. The simple fact that water expands upon freezing has caused countless homeowners innumerable woes

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