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 Outdoor Tasks
The gutters
It's best to inspect and clean the gutters a few times during the fall, especially if there are many leafy trees around your house. If gutters remain clogged, water will spill over them and onto the ground next to the founda- tion, which may cause damage to the foundation. Gutters and downspouts should be kept clean and should direct water away from the foundation, as well as from walkways and driveways so that they do not become slippery or icy.
Yard maintenance
The orange, yellow, and brown colors of the autumn leaves don't look as nice on the ground as they do on the trees. Rake the leaves into piles and scoop them into yard waste bags. Most areas have ordinances about burning leaves, so check with your local area government first. When sweeping the leaves off your patio, don't forget to clean, pack up, and store any patio furniture for the winter. Disconnect garden hoses and, if practical, use an indoor
valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the chance of freezing in the section of pipe just inside the house.
In the garage
It is recommended that you empty out unused fuel from any gas-powered equipment stored in the garage, such as a lawnmower because sediment can build up and clog the fuel lines. Store gasoline in tanks out of children's reach and have it ready for use in your snow blower or emergency generator if need be.
Test your emergency generator
It's a good idea to have an emergency generator if you live in an area that sees a lot of ice storms, as these are a major cause of blackouts during the winter. So, if you have one, haul it out and give it a test run to see if it is in good working order. Make sure you never run the generator in any enclosed space - like your garage - as it will present a carbon monoxide hazard. If you are looking to purchase a generator, talk to your insurance agent about exclusive offers such as those offered on Generac generators by State Farm® for its customers.
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