Fall Maintenance

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Cooler temperatures are on their way. To help your space feel cozier all season long, follow these fall maintenance guide recommendations.

On or around the first day of October:


  • Have an HVAC professional inspect and calibrate your heating.

  • Vacuum and clean window and sliding door tracks, and lubricate where necessary with silicone spray.

  • Drain and flush out hot water heater and verify that pressure relief valve is working (carefully follow manufacturer’s instructions).

  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when you set clocks back in the fall.

  • Check windows and doors for weather-tightness and repair weather stripping as needed.


  • Clean gutters, downspouts, and roof eaves to remove leaves and debris.

  • Assess all exterior paint and caulk; check exterior caulk seals around windows, doors, etc.

  • Before the first freeze, disconnect exterior hoses and devices from hose bibs; if possible, shut off water to bib and drain.

  • Prior to winter, flush out and drain the sprinkler system.

  • Rake leaves and shred to use as mulch or dispose of them based on local guidelines.

  • Store outdoor furniture and cushions.

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