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September Maintenance Calendar


Summer is at a close and the fall is here. This is almost certainly the most important time of year to take care of preventative maintenance tasks around the house. Cold weather impact from rain and snow do more damage to a home than from just about any other preventable cause. Taking the time now to maintain a home pays dividends in the long term by reducing the likelihood of serious, expensive repairs down the road.

Seasonal Tasks - Click below for more info
Fertilize your lawn

Inspect your roof for damaged shingles. Use binoculars as a safer alternative to climbing up onto the roof.

Inspect attic for signs of rodent intrusion
Inspect for termites along foundation
Weather-strip doors and windows
Inspect fireplace flue
Preventative drain clearing with a "No Chemical" mixture of salt, baking soda and vinegar.
Install rain gutter guards
Regular Monthly Tasks
(carbon monoxide alarms too)

Did you miss our August To Do List?
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Install Gutter Guards Now

Before the leaves start to fall and before the rain starts, this is the time to install rain gutter leaf and debris guards. These shield the gutter from becoming filled by falling leaves.

A rain gutter clogged with debris will not allow water to properly drain off the roof and be directed away from the home and its foundation. The resulting water damage can be serious after only a very few years.

Even if you install gutter guards, you must still inspect and clean the gutters every season, although the task should be much easier because of the reduced build up of debris.

Time for Fall lawn fertilizing. Despite common belief to the contrary, leading authorities say Fall is the most important time of year for lawn care. Weeds can be preempted, soil amended, thatch prevented and lawn prepped to weather the winter.

Applying the appropriate fertilizer at the end of the summer growing season will help your lawn stay healthy and looking beautiful. To learn more read our article on fertilizing a lawn.

Inspect your roof for damaged or missing shingles. Roof shingles can crack, curl, lose their protective covering or get blown off the roof. Finding those damaged and missing shingles now can save you time, trouble and money instead of waiting for a roof leak.

Stand at a distance from your home and inspect the roof using a pair of binoculars. This is far safer than climbing up on the roof, plus walking on shingles just increases the risk of damage. If you can't get a good view of the roof, call a roofer out to do an inspection. It will be easier to get them out now than when it is pouring down rain and water is leaking into your house.

This list is provided for your convenience, it is not a comprehensive list of every maintenance item your home may require.
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