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Top 5 Fall Preventative Maintenance Tips for Your Home

Published August 27, 2020 by Brooke

Labor Day weekend is quickly approaching and with it comes thoughts of cooler weather (Yay!), football tailgates (Eh…maybe not so much this year), and your home’s Fall preventative maintenance checklist (Right?!?).  Since we knew you’d be thinking about all this stuff soon enough, we thought we’d share York Maintenance Divisions’ top five Fall maintenance tips.

Yes, yes….we know there are actually eight tips listed here.  We got excited and couldn’t help ourselves, and “Top Eight Fall Preventative Maintenance Tips” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.  Thanks for humoring us.

  1. Check windows and doors for air leaks.

This is one of the easiest ways to save on winter energy bills and keep your house from getting cold. Make sure there are not cracks, leaks or air coming through the window sills or door frames.

  1. Clean your heating and air conditioning unit.

Having your air conditioner and heater units cleaned twice a year- spring and fall- will help your family stay healthier and expand the life of your units. A professional cleaning is inexpensive and takes a very short amount of time.

  1. Check your fireplace.

Many people still use wood burning or gas fireplaces in the winter. Do a visual inspection of your fireplace to make sure that it is in good working order. Give it a test run at some point in the fall, before it gets too cold, to make sure that it will be functioning in the winter.

  1. Clean gutters and downspouts.

Once most of the leaves have fallen, clean out gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters during rainstorms can cause water to pool and damage your roof or siding.

  1. Protect your garden hoses and spigots.

To keep your garden hose from freezing and cracking, empty it completely and disconnect it from the spigot. Moving it inside is also a good idea to help prevent your hose from freezing and getting destroyed.

  1. Drain Sprinkler/Irrigation Systems.

Chances are you aren’t going to be using the sprinklers in winter. Water left in the system can freeze causing the pipes to crack and burst.

  1. Check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

Install new batteries every spring and fall.

  1. Inspect and Trim Tree Limbs.

Trim any tree limbs that are dangerously close to power lines or the roof of your house. Heavy snow and ice can build up and cause weak tree limbs to break and fall onto your house or vehicles causing damage.


Our Maintenance Team is on call and ready to help with residential or commercial maintenance projects.  Call or email us to discuss your maintenance needs at 919.863.0826 or  We would love to hear from you!