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As the vibrant colors of summer fade into the warm and rustic hues of autumn, homeowners in Brant & Norfolk County know that it’s time to prepare their homes for the upcoming season. That’s why it’s important to know these Fall Home Maintenance Tips.

With colder temperatures, falling leaves, and the occasional snowfall, autumn brings its unique set of challenges and opportunities for home maintenance. To help you keep your home safe, cozy, and energy-efficient during this transitional time, I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of home maintenance tips tailored specifically for autumn in Ontario.

Drain your outside garden hoses

One of the most common problems that can occur over the cold winter is split hoses & burst water pipes. 

When you don’t fully drain your garden hoses and exterior water taps, the existing water can freeze and cause hoses and pipes to split.  Look for an interior shut-off valve to the faucets and empty out any remaining water from the lines.

Put away your summer equipment

As you bid farewell to the warm days of summer, don’t forget to clean and store your outdoor equipment properly. Clean your lawnmower, shut down your central air conditioning unit, and cover or store your patio furniture so it’s not a mucky wet mess in the spring.

Seal gaps and cracks

To keep warm air in and cold air out, inspect your home’s doors and windows for any gaps or cracks. Apply weatherstripping and caulk as needed to seal these openings. Proper insulation will not only make your home more comfortable but also reduce your heating costs.

Inspect your home’s insulation

Inadequate insulation can lead to significant heat loss during the colder months. Blown-in insulation in your attic can compact & settle over time, losing its R-value of insulation.  If you find any deficiencies, consider adding more insulation to keep your home warm and energy-efficient.  Not only will you be warmer, but you may find your utility bills are improved!

Inspect your driveway & walkways

Be sure to check these areas for any damage that may be worsened by freeze/thaw cycles.  Seal any cracks to prevent water from getting in and freezing, which can cause more significant problems. Keep these areas clear of leaves and debris to prevent slips and falls.

Service your winter equipment & stock up

Before the snow starts falling, service your snowblower, shovels, and other winter equipment. Make sure everything is in working order, so you’re prepared for the first snowfall.

Finally, stock up on winter essentials like rock salt, ice melt, scrapers and shovels. Having these items on hand will make it easier to keep your walkways and driveway clear of snow and ice throughout the season.

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