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  • Make sure gutters are clean.

    Regularly clean gutters and downspouts. Make sure all drainage areas are unblocked by leaves and debris, particularly if trees hover over the roof. Consider installing gutter guards to make the job a lot easier.

  • Inspect your roof, or hire a licensed professional to examine your roof for wear and tear. If the shingles are curling, buckling or crackling, replace them. If you have a lot of damage, it’s time to replace the entire roof. Also, check the flashing around skylights, pipes and chimneys. If you have any leaks or gaps, heavy snow and ice will find its way in.
  • Lower humidity and cooler (not yet cold) temperatures make fall a good time to paint the exterior of your home.
  • The change in temperature and humidity and normal wear and tear can cause window seals to crack and shrink. Check your windows and doors inside and out for leaks and drafts. Caulk cracks or install weather stripping around windows and doors, including the garage door.
  • If you live in an area with freezing winters, shut off valves to outdoor faucets. Open spigots and drain, store hoses.

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