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October Maintenance Checklist

Now is the time to wrap up your outdoor maintenance tasks! The weather is typically mild during the month of October, so make the most of it and spend your time on outdoor projects before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season comes knocking at your door.

To – Dos:


  • Test CO2 and smoke detectors
  • Test sump pump
  • Run water and flush toilets in lesser used spaces
  • Change furnace filters
  • Clean garbage disposal
  • Clean and inspect chimney
  • Clean interior windows
  • Check water softener and add salt if needed
  • Reverse your fans to turn clockwise; this helps to circulate the warm air
  • Adjust your whole house humidifier or add portable humidifiers to your rooms. Air with more moisture increases your furnace efficiency. An indoor humidity level of 30-40% is recommended for winter months.


  • Rake leaves
  • Remove debris from gutters
  • Turn off and flush outdoor water faucets
  • Drain and store outdoor water hoses
  • Cover and store outdoor furniture
  • Clean exterior windows
  • Winterize A/C unit
  • Plant bulbs for spring flowers
  • Fertilize and re-seed lawn
  • Winterize in-ground sprinkler system
  • Service the snowblower
  • Stock up on firewood or pellets
  • Cut back landscaping and perennials
  • Close the pool


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