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Fall: Prepare your home with 6 maintenance tips for a hassle-free season
Par Annie Auclair

Autumn in Quebec brings with it colorful landscapes, cooler temperatures and pleasant family moments. However, this season also marks the start of heavy rains and weather changes that can affect your home. To avoid problems and ensure you have a comfortable fall, here is a maintenance guide to prepare your home for the fall season in Quebec.

1- Checking the roof

Before the fall weather arrives, be sure to inspect your roof for possible leaks, damage, or blocked gutters or storm drains. Damaged tiles or cracks can cause water infiltration, which can lead to more serious problems inside your home. Hire a professional to make the necessary repairs and clean your gutters to avoid water and leaf accumulation.

2- Insulation and waterproofing

The season brings cooler temperatures, so it’s a great time to check your home’s insulation. Make sure your doors and windows are properly sealed to prevent cold drafts from infiltrating. You may also consider adding weather stripping or sealants around windows and doors to improve your home’s energy efficiency and save on heating costs.

3- Maintenance of the heating system

Before temperatures drop significantly, schedule an inspection of your heating system. Have your furnace or central heating system professionally serviced to ensure it runs efficiently and safely during the fall and winter. Don’t forget to replace air filters to improve indoor air quality and avoid health problems.

4- Preparing outdoor spaces

Fall is the ideal season to take care of your outdoor spaces before the cold sets in. Collect dead leaves and get rid of debris in your garden. Prune trees and shrubs to prevent them from becoming a problem during fall storms. Store garden furniture and summer equipment to protect them from bad weather and extend their lifespan.

5- Maintenance of water systems

During the fall, it is essential to take steps to protect your water systems from freezing. Empty garden hoses and turn off outdoor faucets. Make sure your pipes are properly insulated, especially in unheated areas of your home, to avoid pipe bursts in cold weather.

6- Checking smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Your safety and that of your family is paramount. Take advantage of the preparation for fall to check and replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. These devices are vital in alerting you in the event of a fire or dangerous gas leak.

In conclusion, remember that prevention is the key to avoiding costly problems in the future. By taking care of your home now, you’ll save time and money on potential repairs later. So, take advantage of this transition period to ensure your home is ready to welcome fall in all its glory. To check your insurance coverage, contact your broker. He/she will respond and advise you adequately. In conclusion, follow these maintenance tips, and you can relax in peace, fully appreciating everything this magical season has to offer in Quebec.

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