Your Fall Maintenance Checklist

Pumpkin everything is almost upon us. Colder evenings and ‘back to school’ means that fall is in the air. Every year, there are things that need to be done for your home to ensure a smooth winter and spring ahead. Here’s a checklist for your fall home maintenance.

1.  Change your furnace filter

It’s recommended that you change filters at least every three months. The life of a filter can depend on the individual conditions in your home. If your home has construction or renovation work in progress, furniture or drywall sanding in progress, pets, smokers, or a fan running continuously, you may want to change the filter more often. Changing the filter before each seasonal change is a great way to maintain the air quality in your home but also keeps your HVAC system running like it should. If you have an older furnace, you may notice that it runs better with a fresh filter and may need a filter change more often depending on how often it’s being used.


2.  Change the batteries in your smoke detectors

It’s important to test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and change the batteries to ensure they are working properly and can do their job to protect your family and keep them safe.


3.  Prepare your home for colder weather

Weatherstripping and caulking air leaks in your home will help you stay comfortable and also reduce energy costs. Look at windows, doors in your home and garage or anywhere else cold air can get into your home for leaks. For bigger gaps, you may want to use a gap filler to not only keep the cold air out, but also keep out any critters seeking a warm place to stay for the winter.


4. Fertilize your lawn

The summer is harsh on your lawn. Fertilizing your lawn in the fall will help it recover and prepare your grass for winter. By fertilizing in the fall, the roots of your grass will continue to grow in the winter, so it will come back stronger and greener in the spring! The best time to apply a fall fertilizer is in September or October, depending on the weather. If you’re still feeling the summer heat in September then go ahead and wait until October, but if it’s a cool September, you’ll want to fertilize in case October is a chilly one.


5.  Clean your eavestrough

Your roof keeps the elements away from you home and the eavestrough is a very important part of this. Keeping the gutters and downspouts clean means that water can flow freely though them and away from your home. This is important in the fall, after trees have lost their leaves (and during if you live in an area with lots of trees, in which case you may have to clean your eavestrough a few times before winter) to ensure that the snow on your roof will be carried away from your home when the spring thaw hits. Make the task better with a Telescopic Gutter Cleaning Wand.


6. Drain the fuel from your gas powered tools

Mowers, blowers, chainsaws - any gas powered tool has a fuel line. Making sure that the fuel line is empty is an important step in maintaining your tools. You’ll also want to drain water from your hose and store it until spring. Liquid freezing in lines and hoses causes expansion which can damage fuel lines and hoses. Freezing temperatures are not good for tools and they should be properly stored to extend their life. Batteries for all cordless tools should also be properly stored in the winter.


7.  Winterize your plastic piping septic systems

Protect the pipes, drains and freshwater lines from freezing water in mobile homes, recreational vehicles, boats, seasonal homes, septic systems and swimming pool filtration and heating systems by using RV Plumbing Antifreeze.


8.  Cover up seasonal items for the season

Protect your barbecue with a cover to keep it safe from the elements and harsh winter weather. Another seasonal item you should cover is your air conditioner. Excessive amounts of snow and ice can cause damage to your air conditioning unit over time and let’s face it – there’s always a good chance we’ll see excessive amounts of snow.


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