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Monthly Maintenance Fall Maintenance    

Spring Cleaning and Inspection

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What to Check

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What to Do


Inspect roof surface flashing, eaves, and soffits; repair it necessary.

Gutters and downspouts

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


Inspect and clean siding and repair if necessary.

Exterior caulking

Inspect caulking and replace if deteriorating.

Window sills, door sills, and thresholds

Fill cracks, caulk edges, repaint; replace if necessary.

Window and door screens

Clean screening and repair or replace if necessary; 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.

Drain-waste and vent system

Flush out system.

Hot-water heating system

Lubricate circulating pump and motor.

Evaporative air conditioner

Clean unit; check belt tension and adjust if necessary; replace cracked or worn belt.

Heat pump

Lubricate blower motor.


Check foundation walls, floors, concrete, and masonry for cracking, heaving or deterioration.

Siding and trim

Check all wood surfaces for weathering and paint failure.

Deck and porches

Check all decks, patios, porches, stairs and railings for loose members and deterioration.


Cut back and trim all vegetation and overgrown bushes from structures.


Check flashings around all surface projections and sidewalls.


Check antenna and satellite dish supports for possible leak source.


Check lawn sprinkler system for leaky valves and exposed lines.

Water well

Consider having well water tested for safety.

Also see:

Fall Checklist and Prepare for Winter
Monthly, Quarterly and Semi-annual Checks and Repairs