Fall Cleaning Checklist

fall cleaning checklist

There are some important tasks that need to be done in the fall to keep your home damage-free with the upcoming winter. Following our fall cleaning checklist now will ensure that when spring comes, there aren’t any unwelcome surprises.

Clean out your gutter from leaves and other fallen debris. If a home’s gutters are blocked with leaves and other debris, this can prevent rainwater and melting snow from moving away from the home. This accumulation can cause the water to leak into the home.

Make sure that your home is well insulated. Check the home for any drafty areas where the air from outdoors may be seeping in. This will be a loss of heat during the late fall and winter months, which can wind up costing you money in lost energy to heat the home.

Seal windows and doors. Caulk any drafty areas around windows or doors. Weather stripping is a good way to seal drafty areas including around the plumbing and electrical lines of the home.

Address any dead or overhanging tree branches. Pruning these branches and having dead or dying trees removed during the fall can go a long way to preventing potential damage during the winter.

Secure outdoor items. As the leaves begin to fall, you can be assured that winter is right around the corner. Early fall is a great time to stow away any outdoor items in a secure location to so that they are safe and damage-free through any inclement winter weather. You can also bring in your outdoor cushions to Woodard for cleaning! When you have your cushions cleaned with Woodard in the fall, we will store them for FREE over the winter!

Fall cleaning indoors. Most families spend a lot more time inside the home as the weather begins to cool. Now is a great time to do a thorough cleaning, cleaning areas that may have gone unaddressed for some time. This is also a great opportunity to reduce some of the clutter and items that your family no longer needs. Follow our Fall Home Maintenance Checklist for more indoor cleaning tips.

Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan. Setting the blades on your ceiling fans to move clockwise will help to make the room feel more comfortable by pushing the warm air down.

Check your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide batteries. Doing this important task regularly with the change of seasons will ensure that it does not get overlooked.

Clean or replace your HVAC unit’s air filter. A dirty or clogged air filter will affect the indoor air quality in your home. Replacing this regularly will ensure that your family is breathing air that is free of allergens like dust and dirt particles.

Doing these simple preparations in the fall can make the winter an easier transition for your home and your entire family, heading off any problems that can arise as the temperatures begin to drop.

 

About Woodard Cleaning & Restoration

Woodard was founded in 1946 by Earl and Nancy Woodard. Today, their grandson, Justin Woodard, is the third-generation president and CEO. Located in St. Louis, Missouri, Woodard began as a cleaning company and expanded to offer fire and water mitigation, mold remediation and reconstruction, as well as board-up, smoke restoration and hard surface cleaning. Woodard has the most capable employees in the industry! With a mission of Helping People Get Back to Their Lives, Woodard serves both residential and commercial clients in the greater metro area. Woodard takes pride in investing in their employees and is recognized by the St. Louis Post Dispatch as a Top Workplace. For information or questions submit a form online or call us at 314-227-3932.

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Updated 10/22/2021