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Fall Maintenance Checklist

by Jessica Wormeck October 15, 2010

The cool, crisp air is back and the leaves are turning their brilliant colors. That can only mean one thing: fall is here. Time for some important maintenance projects all homeowners should knock out in order to prevent structural damage, conserve energy and keep your home's systems running properly.

Complete these tasks now, so you'll allow plenty of time to sit back and enjoy all the fun fall festivities:

  • Take a walk around your property. Put away gardening tools, hoses, summer toys, patio furniture and pool supplies. Keep your gutters clear of leaves to help prevent water damage.
  • Remove your screens and install your storm windows. This will help keep heat in on cold days.
  • Change your air filters to reduce allergens.
  • Have your heating unit serviced, and drain your hot water heater to improve efficiency. The first cold day is not the day you want to find out your furnace no longer works!
  • Prevent a chimney fire by having your chimney cleaned and checked for cracks and leaks.