Fall is here leaves are falling and colder temperatures are on their way. Now is the time to get your home ready for winter.

Once all the leaves have fallen get your gutters cleaned. . Loose or sagging gutters should be replaced or repaired. Make sure the downspouts are unblocked by lease and debris. Consider installed gutters guards to make cleaning the gutters easier.

Inspect the roof, have a qualified roofer check the roof for wear and tear. Damaged or missing shingles should be replaced. The roofer should check all the chimney, wall, plumbing vent, and skylight flashings. All gaps or failing flashings should be repaired to prevent water intrusion.

If you have a fireplace or wood stove you plan on using this winter you should have a qualified chimney sweep clean and inspect the chimney prior to using it. A chimney sweep can clean the flue to prevent cresol build up and inspect the interior of the flue for damage.

Once you’re done using the exterior spigots turn off the interior water valves. Run the water until the pipes are empty. Make sure all the water is drained from the pipes, if not; the water can freeze up and damage the pipes. Do not leave hoses attached to the exterior spigots. This can also cause water to stay in the pipes and can freeze up and damage the pipes.