Crisp breeze, falling leaves and rainy days are right around the corner in West Tennessee. While all of these make for a fun day at the pumpkin patch, they can also damage your home. Before you start sipping lattes by the fire, spend some time preparing your home for fall. A few hours of inspecting and cleaning can save you a headache later on in the season. Follow these tips to avoid water damage in your home this fall.

Outside:

Pull out your ladder and look over your roof for missing shingles, cracks or other gaps. Now is the time to repair any roof damage that you see. If left untouched, you might come home to an unfortunate leak that can cause harm, not only to the structure of your home but to that new Ultra HD TV too.

Since you already have your ladder out, put on your thickest pair of garden gloves and clean your gutters. Remove leaves, twigs and nests. Leaving debris in you gutters can cause leaks and clogs. This is also a good time to trim your trees. Get rid of dead or unstable branches that can get swept into your house on a windy day.

The last fall maintenance tip for outside your home is to make sure that windows and doors are weatherproofed and can firmly close. Adhesive stripping is a cost-effective solution to ensure that moisture is sealed out.

Inside:

A great place to start inside your home is to insulate exposed pipes. Even pipes in your attic and basement are susceptible to freezing temperatures. While looking over your pipes, fix leaks and consider lowering your water pressure. You may think that you want the highest water pressure possible, but that adds a lot of stress to your pipes. Especially if you plan on having visitors stay with you during the holidays.

Next, ensure that your refrigerator, dishwasher and washing machine are working properly. Water hoses and pipes on your appliances can wear out over time giving way to leaks and possible mold damage.

One of the best ways to ensure everyone’s safety in your home is to replace the batteries on all of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It is important to maintain detectors all year round so make sure this is a top priority.

Last but not least, get your fireplace into tip top shape. Schedule a professional chimney cleaning every year. On top of that, repair any broken bricks or cracks. The joint connecting your chimney to your roof is prone to leaks.

We hope these tips keep your West Tennessee home free of water and mold damage this fall. If you find any existing damage in your home ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning can help day or night. We have technicians on call 24/7 who are dedicated to providing excellent customer service. You can expect detailed communication throughout the damage recovery process, so you know exactly what to expect. Contact us at 1-888-930-3351 to learn more about our services.

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