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Prepare Your Home for Fall With These Tips

Fall is officially here, which means so are cooler temperatures and shorter days. To make sure your home is ready for the dropping temperatures and the extra time your family spends indoors, keep these home maintenance tips in mind. Hire a professional to check your furnace and to do any regularly scheduled maintenance to ensure that you will stay warm all fall and winter long. If you have a wood burning fireplace, clean out the chimney. Built up soot from previous fires can easily start a fire and push dangerous carbon monoxide into your home. Clean out your rain gutters. Rain gutters that are clogged with fallen leaves and other debris can cause water to back up and damage your roof and walls. Also make sure the downspout is facing away from your home so water does not damage the foundation of your home. Check for missing or damaged shingles on your roof. ... Read more