Fall is on the calendar for later this week, which means the flakes could any day now, and time for some home fall maintenance items.


Here are a few items you should winterize before winter has set in --


  • Fertilize lawn for its last feeding
  • Check for drafts - use a candle around doors and windows
  • Blow out sprinklers
  • Check fire extinguisher
  • Check all windows for broken seals and be sure they shut & lock
  • Give the deck one last coat of sealer
  • Inspect your roof for shingle damage, or call a roofer
  • Clean rain gutters and downspouts
  • Check around the foundation for any pipes/ducts coming from the house to see if there is additional caulking needed and/or weatherstripping
  • Replace your furnace's air filter and have it serviced
  • Reverse the direction of ceiling fans
  • Service and tune-up snowblower
  • Drain gas from lawnmowers (this one can wait another month)
  • Drain all garden hoses and unhook for the outdoor faucet (when freezing)
  • Insulate any exposed pipes
  • Drain swamp cooler
  • Cover Air Conditioner condenser

This prenvent you from having problems in and around your home this winter and costly "surprises".