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  • Writer's picturePatrick Crooks

Fall maintenance for Minnesota owners

Fall maintenance for Minnesota homeowners is essential to prepare your home for the colder months and protect it from the challenges of the winter season. Here's a checklist of tasks to consider:

  1. Gutter Cleaning: Clean gutters and downspouts to remove leaves and debris. Ensure proper drainage to prevent ice dams and water damage.

  2. Roof Inspection: Examine the roof for damaged or missing shingles. Address any issues to prevent leaks and ensure the roof is in good condition for the snow and ice.

  3. Weatherproofing: Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors to prevent drafts and heat loss. Consider adding weather-stripping and applying caulk where needed.

  4. Heating System Maintenance: Schedule a professional inspection and maintenance for your heating system (furnace or boiler) to ensure it operates efficiently during the winter.

  5. Chimney and Fireplace: Have your chimney and fireplace cleaned and inspected by a professional to ensure they are safe to use.

  6. Change Furnace Filters: Replace or clean your furnace filters to maintain indoor air quality and heating system efficiency.

  7. Insulate Pipes: Insulate exposed water pipes to prevent freezing and potential burst pipes. Drain and shut off any outdoor water faucets.

  8. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace the batteries if necessary. Ensure they are functioning correctly.

  9. Lawn and Garden Cleanup: Trim back perennials, remove annuals, and clean up the garden. Consider covering plants susceptible to freezing temperatures.

  10. Lawn Aeration and Seeding: Aerate your lawn to promote healthy grass growth and consider overseeding if necessary.

  11. 11.Leaf Removal: Rake and remove leaves from the yard to prevent lawn damage and to avoid smothering the grass.

  12. .Clean and Store Outdoor Furniture: Clean and store outdoor furniture to protect it from winter weather and extend its lifespan.

  13. Driveway and Walkway Maintenance: Fill cracks and seal your driveway and walkways to prevent water penetration and freeze-thaw damage.

  14. .Garage Inspection: Organize and inspect your garage. Ensure the door and windows seal properly to keep out cold air and pests.

  15. Snow Removal Equipment: Check and maintain snow removal equipment, such as snow blowers and shovels, to be prepared for the first snowfall.

  16. Emergency Kit: Assemble an emergency kit in case of power outages or winter storms. Include items like flashlights, non-perishable food, blankets, and a first-aid kit.

  17. .Inspect Attic and Insulation: Check your attic for proper insulation and ventilation. This can help with energy efficiency and prevent ice dams.

  18. Exterior Lighting: Ensure outdoor lighting is working correctly. Days get shorter in the fall, so good exterior lighting can enhance safety and security.

By completing these fall maintenance tasks, you can help ensure your home is ready for the winter season and reduce the risk of costly repairs or issues caused by harsh Minnesota weather.

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