A well-maintained building is ready for winter

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Verify that your snow removal contractor has a certificate of insurance.

Buildings protect us from the elements but, like people, are not immune to seasonal change.  Fall is a great time to take action to help protect your commercial building from the effects of transitioning to fall and winter. Your efforts now will keep you and your customers more comfortable later.
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Fall maintenance protects your home for winter

Clean leaves and debris from gutters to allow water to flow freely.

Clean leaves and debris from gutters to allow water to flow.

Take advantage of fall weather to work on projects around your home and protect it from common winter problems. Keep the following tips in mind:

  • Clean out your gutters. Remove leaves and other debris from your gutters first by hand to get rid of the large particles, and then with a scraping tool and water hose before cold weather arrives. This helps to prevent ice damming. Ice dams are caused when snow melts on a heated part of the roof, then refreezes on a colder portion of the roof.  This creates a dam and allows water to back up under the shingles, causing damage to insulation and interior ceilings or walls. The University of Minnesota Extension Service has more information about preventing ice dams.
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Close your pool safely for the season

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Pay attention to safety and maintenance as you close the pool for the season.

As a pool owner, you’ve worked hard to be a great host all season long by carefully and safely maintaining your swimming pool, to the delight of your family and friends.

Now that fall is on the horizon, how can you apply the same level of attention to closing your pool? Even the most experienced pool owners can benefit from these helpful reminders.

Test and Regulate:

  • Three to seven days before you close your pool for the season, take a water sample to your local pool service professional for analysis, and adjust the balance as directed.
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