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Fall Home Maintenance Tasks to Put on Your To-Do List

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Clogged gutters present a potential danger to your home.

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The Northeast tends to cling to summer well into September, but soon enough, cold weather will catch up. Here are three home maintenance tasks to tackle before it gets here.

Clean Gutters

If leaves are falling on your head, they’re falling into your gutters, too.

Gutters should be cleaned at least twice a year, in spring and fall. Much falls from trees in both seasons, and if you let it build up, it could cost you in the long run. Clogged gutters can cause ice dams to form on your roof, which could cause water to leak into your home, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Plus, debris-filled gutters attract insects and animals.

If you aren’t comfortable on a ladder, consider hiring a professional to remove the debris for you.

Protect Your Pipes

Before freezing temperatures hit, make sure the pipes in your sprinkler system are free of water, which can freeze and break the pipes.

While you’re at it, make sure the vulnerable pipes inside your home are well-insulated. According to the Insurance Information Institute, frozen pipes are one of the biggest risks of property damage when the temperature drops. Burst pipes can lead to thousands of dollars in water damage. Store-bought insulation sleeves or wrapping can help prevent damage.

Weatherize Windows and Doors

Sooner or later, it will be cold enough outside to turn the heat on inside. Keep it inside by properly weatherizing windows and doors.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, caulking and weather-stripping are two simple and cost-effective air-sealing techniques. Check doors, windows and frames, and reseal if necessary.

While you’re at it, switch your window screens to storm windows in preparation for winter.

What other home projects do you do in the fall? What have we left off this list? Tell us in the comments below! 

Protect your home from the surprises that colder weather has up its sleeves. Talk to a AAA insurance agent today.

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