Fall Home Maintenance To-Do List

By: Danny Lipford

Roof flashing pulled away from chimney.

Outdoor Fall Home Maintenance

  • Winterize Lawn Equipment: Before cold weather arrives, winterize your lawn mower and other gas-powered lawn equipment, like string trimmers, edgers, and blowers. Start by running the mower (or trimmer) out of gas, or add fuel stabilizer to the gas in the tank. Remove the spark plug wire to prevent the engine from starting while you're working on it. Next, drain the oil out of the engine, and clean the equipment by brushing off debris and wiping the surfaces. Use a garden hose to clean the underside of the lawn mower deck, and clean or replace the air filter and spark plug. Finally, reattach the spark plug wire, and store your lawn equipment in a clean, dry place.
  • Inspect Roof: Before winter arrives clean and inspect your roof. Begin by cleaning away leaves and branches on the roof, paying particular attention to the chimney and valleys. Inspect the roof and replace any damaged shingles. Next, examine the flashing around your chimney, as well as the mortar on the chimney bricks or stone. Repair any flashing gaps or cracks with masonry caulk. If the flashing is in bad condition, make a quick fix with urethane caulk, then call a roofing contractor to for a more permanent repair.
  • Garage Door: A little maintenance to your garage door will keep it running smoothly and quietly. First, clean the door itself, and wipe any dirt and debris out of the tracks of the garage door opener. Next, use a small amount of engine oil to lightly lubricate the hinges, bearings, and springs. Finally, if your door has metal rollers, lightly lubricate them with motor oil and raise and lower the door a few times to distribute the lubricant. (If your door has nylon rollers, don't apply oil or they will slip).
  • Storm Windows: If you've been enjoying opening your windows this summer, be sure to close the storm windows before cold weather arrives. If your home has removable screens, this is the time to take them down, clean and store them, and put up your storm windows for the winter. You can also install plastic window insulation kits on the inside of your windows to make them more energy efficient during cold weather.

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  • Shelia Smith Says:
    August 27th, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Hey Danny! Love your show what a blessing!! I have a large home. I’m a single Grandma raising 4 special needs grand kids. They are very high functioning. i would like to know how to start the kids in helping keep our home in top shape. Like planting flowers. And keeping the yard manicured and the trampoline always havehave pile of pinestraw on it. Are kids too young to help withwith home project?



  • gleneley Says:
    November 22nd, 2015 at 4:13 am

    What is the temperature to be in the well pit to keep equipment from freezing?



  • Ron Barham Says:
    September 2nd, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Great article on maintenance


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    Ben Erickson Says:
    September 2nd, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Hi Debra,
    Glad to hear our to-do lists are of help! On the last page is a button for a printable version to print out and check them off.



  • Debra Bradshaw Says:
    September 1st, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I love these tips and reminders. Even if they say something I already know, the reminders and how-to’s are great.


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