Here are some excellent tips for the Fall to keep your home up and running. Home care needs a lot of change depending on the different seasons.  These are some excellent tips to help keep your home running and well maintained.


  • Fire place maintenance

Your woodpile is a natural place for insects such as spiders and termites to live. Be sure to keep firewood stored as far away from your home as possible.

  • Adjust and reprogram your automatic sprinkler system for the approaching the colder months.

Schedule sprinkler system to run on fewer evenings to help avoid over watering plants during the colder months. You should check and repair damaged sprinkler heads. Also, adjust sprinkler heads for full coverage. These suggestions will help lower your water bill.

  • Check water heater for leaks and corrosion.

Drain 3 or 4 gallons of water to flush out deposits and sediment. Insure that your water heater's drain pan is free of trash.

  • Check and tighten interior door hinges and hardware.

Lubricate may be necessary.

  • Add a tablespoon full of olive to water in all floor trains.

This keeps water in the drain from evaporating and helps percent sewer gasses from backing up into your home.

  • Reset automatic timers on light fixtures for the shorter times of daylight.
  • Adjust your programmable thermostat for seasonal changes in time and temperature.
  • Every 3 months, replace return air filters for air conditioning and heating systems.
  • If you have a water well, you should consider having the water tested for bacteria every 6 months.


Also, don't forget daylight savings time ends November 6, 2011