Spring isn't the only season that requires seasonal maintenance - there are chores you can, and should, do every season to prepare for the upcoming chunk of the year. Especially for the Fall, before the temperature drops.
Gutters and Downspouts. Clean your gutters and downspouts frequently throughout Fall to prevent build up of leaves and other debris since your leaves will begin to fall after growing so much in the Spring. Neglected gutters can lead to wood rot problems and pest infestations, not to mention ruined gutters. Be sure water is not coming down behind gutters and that all support brackets are securely in place. Ensure that water drains properly and doesn't pool. Pooling can cause damage to foundations, driveways and walkways.
Windows and Doors. Change Summer screens to cool weather storm windows and doors. Inspect and repair any loose or damaged window or door frames. Install weather stripping or caulking around windows and doors to prevent drafts and lower heating bills.
Pools. Clean your pool. Cover your pool if you don't believe it will be used through the Fall and Winter months to protect it in the meantime. Test your pool periodically to make sure you're keeping up with its levels and continue to maintain so its ready for you when Spring and Summer roll around.
Heating Systems. Replace the filter in your furnace. Consider having a heating professional check your heating system to ensure optimal performance and discover minor problems before they turn into costly major repairs. Clean your ducts to better your heating system's efficiency as well as to reduce household dust and to provide relief to those with respiratory problems.
Plumbing. Ensure that your pipes are well insulated. Although it's rare to get a freeze in Florida, you want to prepare for anything. Know how to locate and turn off the water shut-off valve in case pipes do freeze.
Attic Ventilation. Be sure ridge vents and vents at eaves are free of plants and debris. Check bird and rodent screens for attic vents to prevent any unwanted guests as they will be finding shelter for the cooler months.
Landscape and Yardwork. Although grass appears to stop growing in the Fall, the roots are actually growing deeper to prepare for Winter. Now is the best time to fertilize and reseed your lawn. Prune your trees and shrubs after the leaves turn to encourage healthy growth. Trim any tree limbs that are dangerously close to power lines or the roof of your house. Heavy snow and ice can cause damage in the winter.
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