Fall Checklist for Your Home

1- Maintain garbage disposal—Pour a pot of boiling water down your garbage disposal drain. Measure a half cup of baking soda and pour it down the drain. Let it sit for three to five minutes. While you wait, combine one cup of vinegar and one cup hot water. Pour that mixture down the drain. Optionally, cover the drain with a drain plug. Let the mixture sit for 10–15 minutes. Flush the piping by pouring another pot of boiling water down the drain. Check the screw and tighten if necessary.

2- Test each smoke and carbon monoxide detector—You may consider conducting a monthly test of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. At a minimum, test them quarterly.

3- Remove leaves—It’s autumn, and leaves are going to fall. You’ll also want to check gutters on a monthly basis. If you can see leaves in gutters from the ground, you’re behind schedule on this chore. Test your leaf blower and snow blower to ensure they work correctly before the seasons change.

4- Service furnace or heater—Ensure your furnace or heater is in good working order before the cold weather arrives. Call the Thrall Group, we have vendors to perform an inspection.

5- Inspect windows and doors—Check the locks and latches. Replace any screen doors with storm doors. Assess whether any windows or individual panes need to be replaced. Check for drafts or leaks.

6- Safeguard against rodents and other pests—When it gets colder outside, pests take refuge inside of homes. Take preventative steps to keep pests outside your home.

7- Test kitchen appliances—Check your stovetop and range. If not functioning properly, clean your gas range ignition or electric range burner prongs. Clean your oven and microwave.

8- Maintain yard and exterior—Mow and rake your lawn, tend to your plants, and winterize your garden. Sweep and clean outdoor patios and decks as needed. Winterize your swimming pool. Drain sprinklers and other exterior plumbing sources before the first freeze, and shut off the water supply.

9- Have your chimney capped—If you’ve had a problem with chimney swifts in your home during the summer and late fall, you’ll have to wait until these birds leave to have your chimney cleaned and capped.