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Preparing your home for the fall

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With the fall approaching, it's time for homeowners to begin getting their house ready for the autumn. Since it's been a year since you've had to do this, you may need a refresher course on what steps you need to take in order to get things in good shape so that the rain, leaves and, eventually, snow, don't cause any damage or make your life miserable.

Home Improvement blog Houzz.com has a handy list of projects that you should consider working on over the next few weeks:

  • Clearing gutters: Many homeowners dread this task, but it's necessary for ensuring that rainwater drains properly from your roof. Not doing so can result in leaks, and you'll have to call in DC contractor to fix them.
  • Put up storm windows: The howling winds, heavy rain and hail can put your windows at risk. Storm windows can protect them, while making your home more energy efficient, which can save you money on energy bills.
  • Shut off water to outdoor hoses and faucets: You don't want pipes that are outdoors to freeze, as this could cause them to crack and become unusable once the weather thaws. If you're unsure about how to do this, you may want to contact a Fairfax, Virginia plumbing contractor.

Lastly, you should have one of the Virginia heating experts at John C. Flood come inspect your heating system and furnace. Even just an annual checkup and cleaning can make your heater more efficient and help reduce your gas bills. It can also hedge against future corrosion and damage. Call us today to set up an appointment!