Prevent Water Damage

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Now that we’re in the rainy season, make sure you have taken steps to prevent water damage. Below are 5 tips to help you prevent damage and costly repairs to your home.

  • Clean and inspect gutters. Make sure your gutters are clear of debris and draining properly, without leaks. This can help prevent costly water damage to your home’s foundation.
  • Clean and inspect downspouts. Downspouts can become clogged with dirt and debris causing water to back-up into your gutters potentially damaging your siding and roof.
  • Check and insulate pipes. Take a few moments to insulate your pipes to prevent freezing and bursting, causing potential water damage to a number of places in your home.
  • Insulate exterior faucets. Protect your outdoor faucets with insulated covers. This is an inexpensive and easy thing to do, preventing costly damage and repairs later.
  • Keep storm drains clear. If you have a storm drain near your home and find it becoming clogged with leaves and debris, it is in your best interest to clear it. Large pools of water backing up onto your property can damage your foundation and create standing water in your basement or crawl space.

These simple steps can help prevent water damage to your home, so it’s important to complete them before rainy season. Want more helpful tips? Click here. Would you like information regarding buying or selling a home? Get in touch – we’re here to help you reach your real estate goals.

Fall Home Prep Tips

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With fall less than two weeks away, it’s a good time to implement some fall home prep tips. Here are six tips to help keep you warm, cozy and safe this winter.

Fall Home Prep Tips

Clean Your Fireplace

While we still have some dry days, and before you have the urge to start a cozy fire, have your fireplace cleaned. This includes having your chimney cleaned. The National Fire Protection Association says, “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.”

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Inspect Your Roof

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Before the weather changes from warm and dry, to wet and stormy; consider inspecting your roof. If you are unsure, or uncomfortable getting on your roof, hire a professional. Taking a few moments now to inspect and repair any potential roof issues will save you time and money. Need to replace it? Consider looking into a metal roof that looks like shingles.

Inspect Your Roof

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Ladybugs: Natural Pest Control

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Keep your plants healthy and avoid dangerous pesticides by purchasing Ladybugs to control aphids, mites and other insects that harm them. Remember, ladybugs will fly to neighboring gardens when they have eaten the pests in your yard. You can encourage them to stay and attract more by planting geraniums, cosmos and coneflowers. If you have pets and children, it is always best for them and the environment to seek natural pest control like ladybugs, green lacewing and assassin bugs. As a result, you’ll help protect the environment and have a beautiful garden.

Ladybugs: Natural Pest Control

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