Fall Maintenance Checklist

It's that time of year again: when the summer's heat is starting to be a faint memory, you are trading your tank tops and shorts for hoodies & pants, and it's time to think about the maintenance tasks you can do before winter sets in.


Houselogic has created this great fall checklist to help you get started:

#1 Clean and Stow Your Mower


If your mower sits for months with gas in its tank, the gas will slowly deteriorate, which can damage internal engine parts. Fuel stabilizer ($10 for a 10-ounce bottle) prevents gas from degrading. Add stabilizer to your gasoline can to keep spare gas in good condition over the winter, and top off your mower tank with stabilized gas before you put it away for the winter. Run the mower for five minutes to make sure the stabilizer reaches the carburetor.


#2 Remove Garden Hoses From Faucets


Leaving hoses attached can cause water to back up in the faucets and in the plumbing pipes just inside your exterior walls. If freezing temps hit, that water could freeze, expand, and crack the faucet or pipes. Turn off any shutoff valves on water supply lines that lead to exterior faucets. That way, you’ll guard against minor leaks that may let water enter the faucet.


#3 Drain Your Sprinkler System


Even buried irrigation lines can freeze, leading to busted pipes and broken sprinkler heads.

  1. Turn off the water to the system at the main valve.

  2. Shut off the automatic controller.

  3. Open drain valves to remove water from the system.

  4. Remove any above-ground sprinkler heads and shake the water out of them, then replace.

#4 Seal Air Leaks


Grab a couple of tubes of color-matched exterior caulk ($5 for a 12-ounce tube) and make a journey around your home’s exterior, sealing up cracks between trim and siding, around window and door frames, and where pipes and wires enter your house. Preventing moisture from getting inside your walls is one of the least expensive — and most important — of your fall maintenance jobs. You’ll also seal air leaks that waste energy. (Pro Tip: Wait for a day when temps are above 50 degrees so the caulk flows easier)


#5 De-Gunk Your Gutters

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