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Fall Home Maintenance

Prevent roof damage and boost energy efficiency in your home before the cold weather hits Chicago.  Smart Roofing, Inc. can help you with your home maintenance checklist.

Care for trees and shrubs. If you have trees on your property, know how to prune properly to avoid falling limbs in winter storms.  Beautiful autumn foliage is less attractive on the ground than it is in your trees. Have fruit trees? Be diligent about cleaning up fallen plums, pears and apples or you could find yourself playing host to millions of fruit flies.

Clean gutters and downspouts. Once most of the leaves have fallen, clean out gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters during rainstorms can cause water to pool and damage your roof or siding. Make sure downspouts direct water away from the foundation, sidewalks and driveways, so that they don’t become icy.

Make exterior repairs.  Look for signs of damage to your roof, siding and foundation. If you spot anything that needs repair, schedule it now.

Stock up on winter supplies. Fall is the time to prepare for Chicago’s cold and snowy winter.  Check the condition of snow shovels and ice scrapers; purchase a roof rake for heavy snowfall.

Shut off exterior faucets. lawn sprinklers, and store hoses. Protect your pipes from freezing temperatures by shutting off water to exterior faucets before the weather dips below freezing. Contact a landscaper to properly drain lawn sprinklers. Drain hoses and store them indoors.

Schedule a chimney cleaning and heating system maintenance. Making sure your chimney and furnace or boiler are cleaned, maintained and in working order before you need to turn on the heat is an important safety measure. And be sure to add a chimney cap if you don’t already have one — it will stop critters from crawling down your chimney!

Remember to contact Smart Roofing, Inc. at (847) 797-0404, or email us at contactus@smartroofers.com for your residential or commercial roofing needs.

-excerpts from houzz fall home maintenance checklist

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