August Home Maintenance Checklist

  • By Jeremy Thompson
  • 15 Aug, 2011
Iowa’s fall-like temperatures this week have reminded me to pull out my fall home maintenance checklist. Many of the items on a fall maintenance schedule are best to start performing in August. It gives you a head start so you’re not rushing to finish up tasks as the snow starts to fall. Here’s my August […] The post August Home Maintenance Checklist appeared first on J. Thompson Builders.
Iowa’s fall-like temperatures this week have reminded me to pull out my fall home maintenance checklist. Many of the items on a fall maintenance schedule are best to start performing in August. It gives you a head start so you’re not rushing to finish up tasks as the snow starts to fall.
Here’s my August checklist:
  • Seal cracks and gaps around drain pipes, doors, frames, heating/cooling units and outside around any openings including faucets and utility lines.
  • Clean and replace grout and caulk in sinks, showers and bathtubs.
  • Secure and paint siding and trim. Replace damaged siding/trim, bricks and stucco.
  • Schedule a professional heating system inspection and change the furnace filters.
  • Schedule a water heater inspection to check for leaks, insecure connections or corrosion.
  • Install a water heater blanket.
  • Mulch all plants with wood mulch, compost or decomposed leaves to protect them from harsh cold temperatures throughout the winter.
  • Purchase lawn fertilizing products to prepare for fertilizing towards the end of the month. Don’t fertilize when the weather is hot, the grass is brown or there is a drought. Contact your local extension office for advice on fertilization products, including when to fertilize.
  • Stop watering the lawn if it has turned brown; it will spring back in the fall. If it’s green keep watering it to keep the grass hydrated.

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