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With Summer getting closer to an end comes shorter days and cooler temperatures leading into Fall. To keep your home in its best condition and prevent costly repairs, there are many maintenance tasks to perform throughout the year. Below are a few perfect for this time of year.

1. Gutters and Downspouts

-Clear gutters and downspouts of leaves and debris to allow for proper drainage away from your house. Pooling water close to your home can lead to wood rot, foundation damage, and pest infestation.

-Bag leaves and debris as you go and follow with water to ensure gutters are completely clear and draining properly.

-Check support brackets where attached to roof. Be sure water is not getting behind gutter and fix any sags.

2. Chimney and Fireplace

- Have a professional inspect and clean your chimney to prevent buildup that can cause fire. Regularly used fireplaces need an annual inspection.

-Test the fireplace flue for a proper seal when it is closed.

-Stock up on firewood for Winter. This is a great time to get ahead on having enough firewood ready for the cold months.

3. Fire Extinguishers and Smoke Detectors

- Fall is a great time to inspect your home’s fire extinguisher to be sure it is full and ready for use if the need arises. Have it refilled or replaced if low.

- Check the batteries and test your smoke detectors. They should be tested at least once a month and batteries changed twice a year according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

4. Landscape/Yardwork

              -Even though grass may slow its visible growth, grass roots grow deep during Fall to prepare for Winter. This makes it a good time to fertilize and reseed your lawn for better Spring growth.

-Pruning trees and shrubs after their leaves turn encourages healthy growth. Also remove dead limbs or other close limbs that may cause damage to your home.

5. Seal Cracks and Gaps

-Caulk windows, doors, and vents with gaps less than ¼” thick to keep unwanted pests and cold air out. Larger gaps may require expanding foam or another material to fill the space.

-Weather stripping and thresholds around doors should be checked for seal and replaced if damaged.

-Keeping your home better sealed can reduce energy costs!

 These are just a few of the many tasks that come with maintaining a home. They keep the risk of possible costly repairs lower, help your home maintain its value, and keep it looking its best. There are many resources out there with other maintenance lists that can be found with a simple Google search.

 If there is anything we can do for you or if you have any questions about your Louisiana Homeowners Insurance, give us a call at 985-542-6900!

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