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Fall Maintenance Tips

There are a lot of things to do when it's time to fall. Some of these include taking in the sights and sounds of the season, drinking coffee.

While it’s tempting to get excited about the season’s gifts, it’s also important to prepare for winter. This can help lower stress and save money in the long run.

Here are six fall maintenance tips to help ensure a hassle-free winter.

Prune plants and trim trees.

After the summer growth cycle, it's time to prune trees and plants near your home. Pruning can help nourish the plants and prevent damage to the home.

Be sure to keep branches and limbs at least 3 feet away from your house to prevent water from leaking onto your roof and siding.

Winterize your lawn equipment.

A fuel stabilizer helps prevent the buildup of gum and varnish on your lawn equipment's fuel system. It can also keep the gasoline in good working condition.

Never leave untreated gas in your riding mower over the winter. This can lead to a faulty engine and costly repairs.

Clean your gutters.

Fall leaves are known to gunk up your gutters. If they are not cleaned properly, the debris and leaves from the fall season can lead to water damage.

When they’re blocked, water can seep into the foundation of your home and cause it to freeze when it gets too cold. Having cleaned your gutters will help prevent this from happening to you in the future.

Disconnect yard hoses from outdoor faucets.

Not only does it protect your garden hose from the cold weather, but it also helps keep your home’s pipes and other systems running smoothly.

Tune your furnace.

Having a heating and cooling professional check your system can help prevent issues from occurring. It can also help minimize the risk of a potential issue causing your unit to suddenly stop working.

While it may cost you money to call a pro, it can save you money in the long term by catching and fixing minor issues before they become big ones.

Check for drafts.

Having a good look at your home can help you save money on your energy bill. There are a variety of factors that can cause a home to draft.

When it comes to keeping your home warm, the easiest way to do this is by sealing the cracks around the house with a variety of products such as foam, caulk, or a draft stopper.

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