Spring Home Maintenance ScheduleMarch 25th 2008
Inspecting your home on a regular basis and following good maintenance practices is the best way to protect your investment in your home. Whether you take care of a few tasks at a time or several all at once, it is important to get into the habit of doing them. Establish a routine for yourself and you will find the work is easy to accomplish and not very time consuming. A regular schedule of seasonal maintenance can put a stop to the most common (and costly) problems, before they occur. If necessary, use a camera to take pictures of anything you might want to share with an expert for advice or to monitor or remind you of a situation later.
If you do not feel comfortable performing some of the home maintenance tasks listed below, or do not have the necessary equipment, for example a ladder, you may want to consider hiring a qualified handy person to help you.
- - After consulting your hot water tank owner's manual, carefully test the temperature and pressure relief valve to ensure it is not stuck. Caution:This test may release hot water that can cause burns.
- - Check and clean or replace furnace air filters each month during the heating season.Ventilation system, for example heat recovery ventilator, filters should be checked every two months.
- - Have fireplace or woodstove and chimney cleaned and serviced as needed.
- - Shut down and clean furnace humidifier, and close the furnace humidifier damper on units with central air conditioning.
- - Check air conditioning system and have serviced every two or three years.
- - Clean or replace air conditioning filter (if applicable).
- - Check dehumidifier and clean if necessary.
- - Turn OFF gas furnace and fireplace pilot lights where possible.
- - Have well water tested for quality. It is recommended that you test for bacteria every six months.
- - Check smoke, carbon monoxide and security alarms and replace batteries.
- - Clean windows, screens and hardware, and replace storm windows with screens. Check screens first and repair or replace if needed.
- - Open valve to outside hose connection after all danger of frost has passed.
- - Examine the foundation walls for cracks, leaks or signs of moisture, and repair as required. Repair and paint fences as necessary.
- - Ensure sump pump is operating properly before the spring thaw sets in. Ensure discharge pipe is connected and allows water to drain away from the foundation.
- - Re-level any exterior steps or decks which moved due to frost or settling.
- - Check eavestroughs and downspouts for loose joints and secure attachment to your home, clear any obstructions, and ensure water flows away from your foundation.
- - Clear all drainage ditches and culverts of debris.
- - Undertake spring landscape maintenance and, if necessary, fertilize young trees.