Cedar Rapids Area Fall Maintenance Checklist

fall 2I know it is still warm outside but it is getting to be that time of year to do your fall maintenance on your Cedar Rapids Area home.  Doing this now will prevent high cost repairs later.  These are some things to check off before it get to cold.


  • Disconnect and put away any garden hoses.
  • Drain out any water from your outside faucets, unless the faucets are “frost free”.
  • Drain your lawn sprinkler system and then blow out with compressed air.
  • Empty and drain any exterior fountains.


  • Clean soffit vents under the roof overhangs.
  • Check roof vents for bird and wasp nests.
  • Clean gutters.
  • Re-direct downspouts or sump pumps to drain to the ground surface if have been moved around by months of mowing.


  • Have your furnace professionally inspected and tuned up every fall.
  • Replace the batteries in your thermostat.
  • Clean or replace the furnace filter – depending on the type of filter, this should usually be done every one to three months.
  •  Arrows on the filter should point toward the furnace.

Air Conditioner

  • Air conditional covers should only be the type that only covers the top, not a full enclosure.
  • Do not cover heat pumps.

Exhaust Dampers

  • Check the lint in the clothes dryer vent making sure it lint-free and free flowing.
  • Check all exhaust dampers for wasp or bird nests.

General Exterior

  • Replace any damaged or worn weather stripping around windows and doors.
  • Remove any leaves or debris from around foundation.
  • Make sure there are not any little entries under the cement or to your inside for mice to enter.


  • Have your fireplace professionally cleaned and inspected on a regular basis.

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