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Fall homeowners checklist

Windows o Ensure they sit properly o Ensure energy efficiency Source: Jerry Stormo at A&L Siding and Home Improvement Doors o Use good weather stripping o Fit properly Source: Stormo Gutter systems o Clear all debris that will hold ice blocks...

Windows

• Ensure they sit properly

• Ensure energy efficiency

Source: Jerry Stormo at A&L Siding and Home Improvement

Doors

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• Use good weather stripping

• Fit properly

Source: Stormo

Gutter systems

• Clear all debris that will hold ice blocks (drainage and creates ice damning on the roof)

Source: Stormo

Attic

• Insulation is especially important in new homes -- suggested r-value r-44

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Source: Stormo

Siding

• Use vinyl or steel or aluminum

Source: Stormo

Foundation

• Make sure that are no cracks or openings (cold air or rodents can come in)

Source: Stormo

Landscape

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• Mow it short

• Winterizer fertilizer

• Fruit-bearing trees: put tree wrap (rabbits eat the bark and kill the tree)

Source: Shea's Nursery

Plumbing

• Don't leave hoses connected to outdoor faucets

• Disconnect sump-pump hoses

• Make sure there are no dripping outdoor faucets

• Waterlines on outside walls could freeze

• Look for any air movement around pipes in the foundation (north wind could freeze waterline)

• Unplug sump-pump (optional)

• Close outdoor valves

Source: Dan Parent, Water Boys Plumbing

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