Get outside and enjoy the fall weather while taking care of these 11 seasonal maintenance items:
☐ Roof: Inspect roof surface, flashing, eaves, and soffits; repair if needed.
☐ Gutters and Downspouts: Clean out. Inspect and repair weak points; check for proper slope.
☐ Chimney: Clean flue (more frequently if needed); repair any cracks in flue or any loose or crumbling mortar.
☐ Siding: Inspect and clean siding and repair if needed.
☐ Exterior Caulking: Inspect caulking and replace any that is deteriorating.
☐ Storm Windows and Doors: Replace any cracked or broken glass; tighten or repair any loose or damaged frames and repaint if needed. Replace damaged hardware; tighten and lubricate door hinges and closers.
☐ Window and Door Weather Stripping: Inspect and repair or replace if it is deteriorating or if it does not seal.
☐ Thermostat: Clean heat sensor, contact points, and contacts; check accuracy and replace thermostat if it is not functioning properly.
☐ Outdoor Faucets: Shut off valves to outdoor faucets. Open spigots and drain, store hoses.
☐ Water Heater: Drain water until it is clear of sediment; test temperature pressure relief valve; clean burner and ports (gas heater).
☐ HVAC System: Have a professional tune up your heat/air conditioning system.
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