Winter Maintenance Checklist
February 2, 2006
Believe it or not, but spring is just the around the corner; until such time it would be a good idea to take care of a few maintenace items as we get through the rest of the winter season.
Furnace filters - Check and clean or replace furnace air filters monthly during the heating season. Ventilation system, such as heat recovery ventilator, filters should be checked every two months.
Hot water tanks - Drain sediment from hot water tank.
Clean humidifier two or three times during the winter season.
Vacuum bathroom fan grille.
Vacuum smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, as dust can prevent them from functioning.
Vacuum radiator grilles on back of refrigerators and freezers.
Check gauge on fire extinguishers; recharge or replace if necessary. Check manual for maintenance requirements.
Check the basement floor drain to ensure the trap contains water. Refill with water if necessary.
Monitor your home for excessive moisture levels— look for condensation on your windows, which can cause significant damage over time and pose health problems—and take corrective action.
Check faucets for signs of dripping and change washers as needed. Faucets requiring frequent replacement of washers may be in need of repair.
If you have a plumbing fixture that is not used frequently, such as a laundry tub or spare bathroom sink, tub or shower stall, run some water briefly to keep water in the trap.
Clean drains in dishwasher, sinks, bathtubs and shower stalls.
Test plumbing shut-off valves to ensure they are working and to prevent them from seizing.
Examine windows and doors for ice accumulation or cold air leaks. If found, make a note to repair or replace in the spring.
Examine attic for frost accumulation. Check roof for ice dams or icicles. If there is excessive frost or staining of the underside of the roof, or ice dams on the roof surface, consult the CMHC website www.cmhc.ca.
for more information on moisture control.