End of Summer Outdoor Home Maintenance Checklist

These tips cover your end-of-summer outdoor home maintenance checklist

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With summer winding down, homeowners need to get ready for fall.  Here is a checklist to prepare your home for cooler weather.



Your house

Clean your gutters.  According to the experts at HouseLogic, leaving debris in your gutters can invite problems.  Water can pool in the gutters or downspouts, causing ice jams.  Gutters could break or ice could be forced into your shingles, damaging the roof.  Debris can gather even underneath gutter guards, so be sure to remove the guards and clean your gutters accordingly.


Check worn weatherstripping.  The professionals at HomeTalk explain that properly maintaining your weatherstripping keeps cold air from entering your home.  You can save on heating bills and keep your home cozy by replacing cracked and shrunken weatherstripping with new, more efficient stripping.


Have your chimney cleaned.  Creosote can build up in your home’s chimney, creating a fire hazard.  Have a professional chimney sweep clean your fireplace and chimney before using it this winter.  If you don’t have a chimney cap it’s also the perfect time to add one.  Caps help prevent animals from nesting in your chimney.


Clean window wells.  According to some experts, you should remove leaves and other debris from window wells in the fall.  Debris in window wells can prevent proper drainage, leading to water pooling and then flooding into your home.


Seal cracks and gaps.  Repair any cracks, holes or gaps in your home’s exterior to prevent pests and cold air from entering your home.  Some experts recommend using silicone caulk for repairing your home’s exterior.  It will hold up to the elements well and will not shrink like other kinds of caulk.  Vents can be covered with heavy duty screening so that rodents and other pests can’t take up residence.



Outdoor landscaping and equipment

Yard and garden items.  Look over your yard for items that could be damaged by winter weather.  Tidy up and store your lawn and garden maintenance items before freezing temperatures arrive.


Lawn mower.  Residual fuel can break down in your mower’s engine, affecting the mower’s performance.  Even worse, moisture can cause rust to form, clogging fuel lines.  Either run your lawn mower until the gas tank is empty or add a fuel stabilizing agent to the tank.


Swimming pool.  According to some experts, you should do basic maintenance on your pool following the last dip of the season.

  1. Add an Algaecide.  Choose a long-lasting algaecide or a preventative algaestat that will remain in your pool water for a long period of time.  Add it to your water and then run your pool’s pump for twenty-four hours to completely circulate the mixture.  The shut off the circulation system for winter.
  2. Prevent freezing.  Check the motor and pipes.  Drain all water to prevent freezing, which can cause serious and costly damage.  If you are not sure how to drain the pipes you may want to watch an instructional video.  Drain water to four to six inches below the pool skimmer.
  3. Tidy up.  Clean your pool shed and put tools in order for next year.  Discard any unused pool chemicals, as they cannot be used the following season.
  4. Pool landscaping.  Inspect landscaping around the pool and trim back trees and shrubs to prevent them from encroaching.  Tree limbs should be cut before installing your pool cover so they can’t fall and puncture it.
  5. Cover your pool.  You should install a sturdy pool cover.  This will keep your pool clean through the off-season and prevent tragedy should pets, wildlife and children wander into the pool area.  Hosing the cover regularly keeps twigs, leaves and other debris from collecting on the cover.



Get ready for fall.  With summer winding down you have some preparations to make.  Taking care of your home’s outdoor maintenance now will save you money and trouble in the long run.  Use these tips to cover your home for the cooler weather.






October 30th, 2017 by