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Before the weather grows colder it’s important to prepare for the winter months to prevent costly damage. Below are the fall preventative home maintenance steps that every homeowner should follow.

Gutters and Downspouts

checkbox Clean gutters and downspouts frequently throughout fall to prevent build-up of leaves and other debris. Neglected gutters can lead to wood rot problems and pest infestations, not to mention ruined gutters.

checkbox Be sure water is not coming down behind gutters and that all support brackets are securely in place.

checkbox Ensure that water drains properly and doesn’t pool. Pooling can cause damage to foundations, driveways, and walkways.

Windows and Doors

checkboxChange summer screens to cool weather storm windows and doors.

checkboxInspect and repair any loose or damaged window or door frames.

checkboxInstall weather stripping or caulking around windows and doors to prevent drafts and to lower heating bills.

Heating Systems

checkboxReplace the filter in your furnace.

checkboxConsider having a heating professional check your heating system to ensure optimal performance and discover minor problems before they turn into costly major repairs.

checkboxClean your ducts to better your heating system’s efficiency as well as to reduce household dust and to provide relief to those with respiratory problems.


checkboxTo prevent pipes freezing and bursting, ensure that the pipes are well insulated.

checkboxKnow how to locate and turn off the water shut-off valve in case pipes do freeze.

Chimney and Fireplace

checkboxCall a professional in to inspect and clean your chimney. Fireplaces that are regularly used during the season should have an annual cleaning to prevent dangerous chimney fires.

checkboxTest your fireplace flue for a tight seal when closed.

Attic ventilation

checkboxBe sure attic insulation doesn’t cover vents in the eaves to prevent winter ice dams on the roof.

checkboxBe sure ridge vents and vents at eaves are free of plants and debris.

checkboxCheck bird and rodent screens for attic vents to prevent any unwanted guests.

Landscape and Yardwork

checkboxAlthough grass appears to stop growing in the fall, the roots are actually growing deeper to prepare for winter. Now is the best time to fertilize and reseed your lawn.

checkboxPrune your trees and shrubs after the leaves turn to encourage healthy growth.

checkboxTrim any tree limbs that are dangerously close to power lines or the roof of your house. Heavy snow and ice can cause damage in the winter.