Cleaning Your Rain GuttersFor most, the leaves have fallen, and they are either on the ground or in your rain gutters. Cleaning your rain gutter from any obstructions such as twigs and leaves will allow for melting snow and ice to drain away from your roof edges, instead of backing up, freezing, and creating ice dams. Ice dams occur when melting snow and ice re-freeze along your roof’s edge, creating a “dam”, which holds back additional melting snow, which eventually finds its way into your attic and ceilings. Do yourself a favor and make sure your rain gutters are clean and free of debris.
Remove Hoses From SpigotsIt’s easy to forget, but the small job of removing your hoses from your spigots can prevent thousands of dollars of damage. If you leave your hoses attached, any water in your hose or spigot can freeze and back up into your house, which can eventually burst pipes inside of your house. One can only imagine the mess that would cause.
Removing Ice From Steps and WalkwaysThe beginning and end of winter is a time of year when we experience freeze and thaw cycles. This cycle of thawing and freezing causes melted snow and ice to puddle on steps and walkways, only to refreeze later when the temperature drops. Prevent slips and falls by shoveling your steps and walkways, and salting them as well.
These are just a few of the things that only take a few minutes to do and can save you from injury or water losses in your home.
Enjoy the end of Fall! Winter is right around the corner.