Get Ready for Fall Washington



Get your home and family ready for the fall months ahead with these tips!

  • Drain hot water heater and remove any sediment from the bottom.
  • Replace the furnace filter.
  • Have your heating system serviced.
  • Replace all summer screens with storm windows and doors.
  • Be sure all doors latch properly to protect against high winds.
  • Have your chimney serviced and cleaned. Check for any missing mortar or for de­bris (i.e. bird nests).
  • Clean your gutters and downspouts throughout the fall season.
  • Repair any window cracks or holes in weather stripping or caulking.
  • Clean your ducts.
  • Check to make sure your thermostat works properly.
  • Check crawlspace for flooding after the first long rainfall.
  • Make sure you have new batteries in all your flashlights and that they are easily found around the house.
  • Stock up on bottled water and snacks in case of a power outage.
  • Turn ON gas furnace pilot light.
  • Make sure you have adequate insulation in attic and crawlspace.
  • Continually check your air vents to make sure they aren’t blocked.
  • Clean out the bathroom fan/filter.
  • Test all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Make sure you have at least one fire extinguisher on each floor and in the garage.
  • Make a fire escape plan for your house and make sure you review it with all family members.



Have a safe and Happy Fall!



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