The Tool Barn

Monthly Maintenance Spring Maintenance    

Fall Checklist and Prepare for Winter


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What to Check

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What to Do


Gutters and downspouts

Clean out (more frequently if necessary); inspect and repair weaknesses; check for proper drainage and repair if necessary

Stove pipe


Clean flue (more frequently if needed); repair any cracks in flue or any loose or crumbling mortar; check gasket on woodstove and replace if necessary



Inspect and clean siding and repair if necessary; check joints between wood and masonry


Exterior caulking

Inspect caulking

Glazing on window

Storm windows and doors

Replace any cracked or broken glass, tighten or repair any loose or damaged frames and repaint if necessary; replace broken, worn, or missing hardware; tighten and lubricate door hinges and closers; check for broken or missing glazing


Window and door weather stripping

Inspect and repair or replace if deteriorating or missing

Waste drain

Drain-waste and vent system

Flush out system

Hot water bleed

Hot-water heating system

Lubricate pump and motor; bleed air from radiators or convectors

Warm air heating

Forced warm-air heating system

Vacuum heat exchanger surfaces; clean and lubricate blower blades and motor; check fan belt tension and adjust if necessary; replace cracked or worn belt, check for leaks and repair if necessary

Gas burner

Gas burner heating system

Clean burners and ports

Oil burner

Oil burner heating system

Have professionally serviced; lubricate fan and motor bearings



Clean heat sensor, contact points, and contacts; check accuracy and replace if necessary

Garage door

Garage doors

Clean and lubricate hinges, rollers, and tracks; tighten screws

Foundation crack


Check grading for proper slope away from foundation wall

Overhanning trees


Trim back all tree limbs and vegetation away from roof


Steam Heating

For steam heating, check shut-off valve for leaks and drain lower water cut-off per manufacturer's instructions

Torn Roof shingle


Inspect root surface, flashing, eaves, and soffits; repair if necessary

Also see:

Monthly, Quarterly and Semi-annual Checks and Repairs
Spring Cleaning  and Inspection