Fall has officially begun. The weather is part of what makes this time of year special. The crisp air brings colorful leaves, the ability to curl up in front of a warm fire and a break from the relentless heat of summer. However, dropping temperatures, wind and rain all have the potential to cause damage to your home or commercial property if you’re not careful. Take a few hours to inspect your property before you enjoy all that fall has to offer. The earlier you notice signs of water or mold damage, the more damage you can prevent.


  • If possible, break out your ladder to inspect your roof.
  • Look around the outside of your chimney to ensure the caulking is in good condition.
  • Replace missing shingles and fill cracks, especially around your chimney.


  • While you’re at it, take a look at your gutters.
  • Remove debris with a small shovel.
  • Patch holes with a sheet metal patch or roofing cement.
  • Check downspouts to make sure they’re directed away from your home.


  • Look for excess soot in your fireplace.
  • Call a professional chimney sweep to remove flammable soot.

Windows & Doors

  • Inspect your windows and doors for gaps.
  • Make sure all openings to your home can close securely.
  • If you find gaps, seal with weather-stripping.

Lawn Mower

  • Remove leftover gas from your lawnmower either by mowing your lawn one last time or storing it in a gas canister.
  • Store your lawnmower in a shed, away from the elements.


  • Trim trees and other large greenery.
  • Store gardening tools to keep them in great condition for next spring.
  • Disconnect, drain and store the hose.
  • Use outdoor faucet covers to prevent your pipes from freezing.


  • Look for exposed pipes in your attic or basement.
  • Consider wrapping exposed pipes with pipe insulation to prevent frozen pipes during the cooler seasons ahead.
  • Check your water pressure. You might water to lower it to help keep your pipes in good condition.
  • Inspect your bathrooms and laundry rooms. These areas are prone to water leaks.


  • Dust your heater vents to remove dust and any other settled particles.
  • Consider scheduling a professional air duct cleaning to avoid that musky smell from vents that haven’t been used since last winter.

Portable Heaters

  • If you use portable heaters, make sure you always keep an eye on them while in use.
  • Set them up on a flat, stable surface like wood or tile floors.
  • Make sure your heater’s cord is in good condition.
  • While your heater is running, check the outlet and cord. If it’s hot to the touch, turn off immediately and consult an electrician.

ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning in West Tennessee offers a comprehensive suite of fire and water damage restoration services. Businesses and homeowners alike trust us in their time of need. We’ll guide you through the entire restoration process. From working with your insurance company to providing timely updates, we handle it all. Contact us at 888-930-3351 to learn more about our services. We respond 24/7 to emergency damage restoration requests.