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Seasonal Maintenance Tips

Fall Checklist

Outside:
  • Check all weather stripping and caulking around windows and doors. Replace or repair as needed.
  • Check for cracks and holes in siding; fill with caulking as necessary.
  • Take down screens (if removable). Clean and store.
  • Check storms windows and doors; clean and repair as needed. Put back up (if removable).
  • Drain outside faucets.
  • Clean gutters and drain pipes so leaves won’t clog them.
  • Check roof for leaks; repair as necessary.
  • Check flashing around vents, skylights and chimneys for leaks.
  • Check chimney for damaged chimney caps and loose or missing mortar.
  • Check chimney flue; clean obstructions. Make sure damper closes tightly.
Inside:
  • Check insulation wherever possible. Replace or add as necessary.
  • Have heating system and heat pump serviced; have humidifier checked.
  • Change or clean filters on furnace.
  • Drain hot water heater and remove sediment from bottom of tank; clean burner surface; adjust burners.
  • Check all faucets for leaks; replace washers if necessary.
  • Check and clean humidifier in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Clean refrigerator coils.

Spring Checklist

Outside:
  • Check all stripping and caulking around windows and doors, especially if you have air conditioners.
  • Check outside house for cracked or peeling paint. Caulk and repaint as necessary.
  • Remove, clean and store storm windows (if removable).
  • Check all door and window screens; patch or replace as needed. Put screens up (if removable).
Inside:
  • Replace filters on air conditioners.
  • Check dryer vent, stove hood and room fans; clean them. Change or clean filters on furnace.
  • Check seals on refrigerator and freezer; clean refrigerator coils, clean burner surface; adjust burners.
  • Check basement walls and floors for dampness; if too moist, remedy as appropriate.
  • Clean dehumidifier according to manufacturer’s instruction.
  • Check leaky faucets and replace washers as necessary.
  • Check attic for proper ventilation; open vents.
  • Clean drapes and blinds; repair as needed.