Are you ready for Fall? Ready for the storm season?
Yes, fall brings some pretty powerful storms to the Pacific Northwest. Rain and leaves can mean flooding a storm damage. In addition this is great time to prepare for winter maintenance witch includes freezing.
This is also the time of year that darkness come fast which increases the possiblity of pedestrian and biking accidents on the road. Here's a list of maintenance and precaution measures you can make for the fall and winter seasons:
CLEAN GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTS Overflowing gutters cause lots of damage to your home. As water backs up it can decay your rafter ends , soffits and roof. Severe back water back ups can back flow up your roofing. Severe water back ups can actually run down the exterior walls. Make sure you keep your gutters clear.
CLEAR LEAVES AND DEBRIS AWAY FROM STREET DRAINS Take a rake or a broom and keep the curb drains clear of fallen leaves. If left uchecked, flooding zones will be created that can damage your or your neighbor's property. If a storm appears blocked below the street surface, call your local city public works immediately!
PROTECT WATER PIPES FROM FREEZING Protect exposed or unheated pipes by wrapping with tape and
insultating materials. Particularly check the attic, crawl space and garage areas.
WEAR HIGH-VISABILTY AND REFECTIVE MATERIALS and carry a flashlight when walking or biking outdoors.