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Seasonal Maintenance Tips for Fall

So, as we enter fall and into winter, there are quite a few seasonal home tips revolving around ice and frozen pipes. We don’t have to worry too much about that in the Sunshine State but there are a few seasonal maintenance items for homeowners to keep an eye on. Let’s take a look at a few, using the acronym S.O.M.E.:

Let’s take a look at a few safety-related items to look at and inspect.

First, now is a good time to review your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Dust, test and install fresh batteries. Many detectors may be hard-wired to the homes electrical systems but they almost always have a battery back-up system in case the electric goes out.

Second, check your fire extinguishers. At the least, you should have a fire extinguisher somewhere in your kitchen and garage. Make sure they are charged and ready to go.

Third, have a professional inspect and clean your air vents and dryer ventilation for any build-up.
Growing up as the son of a New York City fire-fighter, you can bet that these items were checked regularly.


Clear any dead plants or shrubs from the house and trim branches of trees that overhang the roof.

Number two, clean out those nasty gutters to ensure proper drainage.

And three, over-seed and aerate the lawn. In Florida, this almost always includes a turf lawn food and over-seeding with rye grass

First, shore up any loose ends in regards to pest management. Check for termites, ants, bees, wasps and any other critters who would like to make your home, their home during the winter months.

Second, drain sediment from hot water heater which can, over time, reduce the efficiency and capacity of your water heater. You can call a professional or check YouTube for the numerous tutorials on how to do it.

Give your refrigerator and freezer a good washing. Wash door gasket, vacuum condenser
coils, and empty drip pan.

You can also clean the gasket or weather-stripping on any exterior door to make sure there’s a tight seal.

If you’re handy, or semi-handy you can perform these maintenance items yourself or with a little help from YouTube. If you’re not handy, you can always ask a trusted friend – or me – for a recommended professional.

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