Preparing Your Home For  The Changing Fall Weather

Weather in the Midwest is always changing.  One thing for certain is that Fall will be here before we know it.  As the days get shorter and the temperatures more brisk it is a great time to spend time outdoors.  It is also time to prepare your home for these weather changes over the next several months.   Fall can bring heavy storms and sometimes a little bit of snow!  With a little preparation you can increase your chances of protecting your home against extreme weather.  Below are some tips you can take to prepare your home for these weather changes.

  • Change batteries in all smoke detectors.

  • Inspect and test your sump pump.

  • Clean gutters and downspouts.

  • Check/replace caulk around windows and doors.

  • Have roof and chimney inspected for any damages.

  • Shut off and drain any outside faucets and remove any outside garden hoses.

  • Have your furnace inspected and cleaned.

  • Clean and inspect fireplace.

  • Improve grading and drainage around your home's foundation.

  • Check for cracks in foundation and have any cracks repaired.