The equinox has passed. It's officially fall here in the Northern Hemisphere, and while you might be making plans for Halloween, you should also be looking up to your roof. There are some things you may need to attend to before serious weather sets in, and you don't want to leave them waiting until the last minute.
In the summer, it's easy to forget about your roof; the days are warm and long, and things like leaks, overflowing gutters, and lost shingles feel like miles away. You might not have done a routine check and maintenance to confirm that your roof is in order, and you might regret it once rain and snow start. If your roof does develop leaks and other problems in the fall and winter, you'll be paying a premium to have those problems fixed, because it's more dangerous and time-consuming for roofers to handle work in the middle of bad weather!
If you haven't done it yet, get up on a ladder and inspect your roof for issues like missing or damaged shingles, warped flashing, and other problems that might lead to leaks, mold, and damage. If you aren't comfortable climbing around on your roof (generally, if your roof is more than one story, it can be a good idea to call in a pro), contact someone with the experience and equipment to perform an inspection. Any problems with your roof should be addressed promptly, so that it will be snug and toasty in the winter.
This is a good time to check for pests like termites that might compromise the integrity of your roof. A pest control expert can conduct an inspection and provide advice if needed about how to proceed. You might need to treat your home for pests or take some proactive measures for pest prevention.
At the same time, you should also be checking your gutters and downspouts. Make sure your gutters are totally clean, and check for issues like sagging, which can indicate they might overflow in the winter, or could fall, spilling water freely along the foundation of your home. Downspouts should be clean and the area around their outlets should be clear. Check to see where they're draining, too.
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