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Friday, September 2, 2011

Fall is on the way... Dare I say?

In the past few days we have witnessed seasonal changes in weather patterns.  Heat, cooling, sun, rain, lightning caused fires, and SNOW!  No it is not exactly the end of the world, it is just Montana.  I am reminded of the old adage, " if you don't like the weather, just wait 5 minutes and it will change."

With Labor Day upon us, that brings many things.  End of summer camping trips, school starting back up, and that brings College Football.  Football season brings excitement in the air.  It starts up in the hot weather and ends in the dead of winter.  There are many things that we need to do to properly winterize and safe guard them from damage that comes along with the sub freezing temperatures.  Here are some suggestions to follow as fall approaches:

- Keep up with leaves falling.  Don't allow them to collect in rain gutters plugging down spouts causing them not to drain properly.  This could open up a whole lot of problems for you when you allow water to collect where it does not belong collecting.  Make sure down spouts are draining 7 to 10 feet away from your foundation.
- Keep sidewalk clear of debris.  When snow and ice develop, they can hide other hazards that could lead to slip and fall injuries.
- Remove garden hosed from spigots or hose bibs.  Even frost free bibs will freeze and break if the hose is not disconnected.
- Drain any sprinkler systems installed in your yard.  A freeze break in your sprinkler line can lead to costly repairs from damage caused by unwanted water intrusion.
- Leave heat on in your building with the cupboards open to allow heat in there if you are planning to travel and be away during the colder weather.

These are just a few suggestions aimed at preparing you for the end of summer weather.  Winter will be here before you know it.  Yes, it was a beautiful summer, and No, I am not trying to rush it out the door.

If you are out at a local High School Football game, maybe I will see you while I am on the sidelines, at a stadium near you.  Enjoy what is left of the good weather.

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