Fall Maintenance Checklist

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As the seasons begin to change, here is a reminder of what needs to be done. Fall isn’t here yet but getting everything scheduled should be done now. First here are some items that could be done monthly. If you haven’t done them in a while add them to the list or have your service provider do these:

Monthly

  • Clean the furnace filter to remove dust build-ups, make it easier to regulate your home’s temperature, and ultimately decrease energy bills.
  • Check filters on water filters.
  • Clean faucet aerators and showerheads to remove mineral deposits.
  • Inspect tub and sink drains for debris; unclog if necessary.
  • Test smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, and all ground-fault circuit interrupters.
  • Inspect electrical cords for wear.
  • Vacuum heat registers and heat vents. Refrigerator vent too if you have pets!
  • Check that indoor and outdoor air vents are not blocked.
  • Flush out hot water from the water heater to remove accumulated sediment.
  • Clean the garbage disposal by grinding ice cubes, then flushing with hot water and baking soda.

Fall checklist:

  • Rake leaves and aerate the lawn.
  • Have forced-air heating system inspected by a professional. Schedule an inspection in late summer or early fall before the heating season begins.
  • Check fireplace for damage or hazards, and clean fireplace flues.
  • Seal cracks and gaps in windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping; replace if necessary.
  • Touch up exterior siding and trim with paint.
  • Inspect roofing for missing, loose, or damaged shingles and leaks.
  • Power-wash windows and siding.
  • Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts.
  • Mend cracks and gaps in the driveway and walkway.
  • Drain and winterize exterior plumbing.
  • Have your fireplace professionally inspected.
  • Tune up major home appliances before the holidays.
  • Repair or replace siding.
  • Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Install a smoke detector on every floor of your home, including the basement.
  • Clean the carpets.
  • Clean window and door screens.
  • Vacuum lint from the dryer vent.
  • Inspect exterior door hardware; fix squeaky handles and loose locks.
  • Check for frayed cords and wires.
  • Drain and store hoses and drain in-ground sprinkler systems.
  • Wrap insulation around outdoor faucets and pipes in unheated garages.
  • Check water heater for leaks.

Since I am in the middle of having our hot water heater replaced after finding the drip pan about to overflow, this list is one to really try to get to the issues before they become problems.

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