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SEASONAL MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

FALL  OUTSIDE
Check all weather stripping and caulking around windows and doors.
Check for cracks and holes in house siding and fill as needed.
Remove window air conditioner, or put weatherproof cover on.
Drain outside faucets.
Clean gutters and drain pipe.
Check roof for leaks; repair as needed.
Check chimney for damaged caps and loose or missing mortar.
Check chimney flue; clean and make sure damper closes tight.
Clean siding.  Paint or seal if you have wood siding.
Inspect wood framing for termites.

FALL  INSIDE
Check insulation wherever possible, replace as needed.
Have heating system and/or heat pump services, change or clean filters.
Drain hot water heater and remove sediment from bottom of tank.
Check all faucets for leaks, replace washers if necessary.
Check and clean humidifier in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
Clean refrigerator coils.
Test and check batteries on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

SPRING OUTSIDE
Check all weather stripping and caulking around windows and doors.
Check house for cracked or peeled paint; caulk and repaint.
Check all door and window screens; patch and repair.
Check for crack or surface deterioration on foundation.
Inspect roof for missing shingles.
Clean exterior and garage doors, repaint or refinish as needed.
SPRING INSIDE
Replace filters on air conditioner.
Check and clean dryer vent, stove hood and room fans.
Check seals on refrigerator and freezer, clean frig coils.
Clean fireplace, leave damper open for ventilation.
Check basement walls and floors for dampness, remedy if needed.
Check for leaky faucets, replace washers as necessary.
Check attic for proper ventilation, open vents.
Test batteries on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

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