October can still be flip-flops-and-shorts weather,
there are a number of fall maintenance tasks to
undertake, no matter what the temperature gauge says.
asked Lucinda Hoe, field services director of the West
region for Associa OnCall, for some tips to keep a home
as functional as possible. The company offers
maintenance services, as well as management, for
homeowner and community associations.
are things that should be done on an annual basis,"
Hoe said. "Fall is a good time because there is
more chance for wind and rain."
are 10 tasks that will keep your home in tiptop shape:
Inspect windows and doors, both inside and outside. Hot,
dry weather can crack and crumble the seals around
windows and doors. Caulk cracks and install weather
stripping where the seal has failed. Replace any broken
window glass, too.
Clean or replace filters in your heating system. If you
have a gas heater, be sure to inspect the pilot light to
avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. SDG&E offers a free
gas appliance check. Go to sdge.com/residential/serviceorders
to schedule an appointment.
Inspect, clean and repair fireplace elements, including
the chimney and flue, especially for wood-burning
fireplaces. Dirty chimneys — those with a build-up of
creosote — can cause fires.
Change the batteries in your carbon monoxide and smoke
detectors when you change your clock for the end of
daylight saving time on Nov. 5.
Drain and flush particulates and sediment from water
heaters. Sediment builds up and reduces heating
efficiency, and in gas water heaters it can cause hot
spots that will lead to premature failure.
Trim trees away from the house. Branches that scrape the
roof can cause damage to shingles or tiles. Even the
leaves can cause damage because they can trap moisture
and cause mold. Be sure to remove all dead and broken
Check vents to ensure that screens are intact. Rodents
and other pests can easily make their way into warm,
cozy attics or crawl spaces through these access points
if not properly secured.
Clean and remove debris from rain gutters and downspouts
to ensure proper flow and drainage. Overflow from
blocked gutters can eventually damage a home’s
foundation. Gutter guards can help keep gutters
Inspect painted exterior areas. Any chipped or bare
areas should be painted as soon as possible. Paint or
other surface coverings such as stains protect wood and
stucco from damaging water intrusion and other harmful
elements like pests.
Inspect your roof or hire a professional to conduct an
inspection. Be sure that tiles and shingles are in good
shape and areas surrounding protrusions are properly
sealed and flashing is sitting properly.
you live in a home that is part of an association, refer
to your governing documents for clarity about your
maintenance responsibilities as an owner and the
maintenance responsibilities of the community you live
of these items will probably take you five to 30 minutes
and can avoid costly repairs," Hoe said. And
keeping everything functional will help protect your