Its spring time!! Most home maintenance activities are seasonal. It’s a good idea to inspect your home regularly, and replace or repair parts and materials that have worn out. REMEMBER components of your house work together and affect each other.
So, minor repairs can quickly become major ones if you don’t take care of them right away. You might be able to do many repairs yourself. However, if you feel you can’t handle the job on your own, it’s best to call an expert.
Keep in mind bad materials and poor workmanship will end up costing you more in the long run. Keep careful records of all repairs and improvements you make.
Below are suggested maintenance task for spring and summer. Review them to see what needs to be done for your home.
Good Luck & Have Fun!!
☐ Have fireplace or wood stove and chimney cleaned and serviced as needed.
☐ Shut down, drain and clean furnace humidifier, and close furnace humidifier damper on units with central air conditioning.
☐ Switch on power to air conditioning and check system. Have it serviced every two to three years.
☐ Check dehumidifier and drain – clean if necessary.
☐ Its recommended water be tested for quality every six months.
☐ Check smoke, carbon monoxide, security alarms and replace batteries.
☐ Clean windows, screens and hardware. Check screens first and repair or replace if needed.
☐ Open valve to outside hose connection after all danger of frost has passed.
☐ Examine foundation walls for cracks, leaks or sign of moisture and repair as required.
☐ Ensure sump pump is operating properly before spring thaw set in. Ensure discharge pipe is connected and allow water to drain away from foundation.
☐ Re-level any exterior steps or decks that moved as a result of frost or settling.
☐ Check for and seal off any holes in exterior cladding that could be an entry point for small pests, such as bats and squirrels.
☐ Check eaves troughs and downspouts for loose joints and secure attachment to your home, clear any obstructions, and ensure water flows away from your foundation.
☐ Monitor basement humidity and avoid relative humidity levels above 60%. Use a dehumidifier to maintain relative humidity below 60%.
☐ Clean and replace air conditioning filter and clean or replace ventilation system filters if necessary.
☐ Check the basement floor drain to ensure the trap contains water; refill with water if necessary.
☐ If you have a plumbing fixture that is not used frequently, run some water briefly to keep water in trap. (For example a laundry tub or spare bathroom sink, tub or shower stall)
☐ Disconnect duct connected to your clothes dryer, and vacuum lint from duct, the areas surrounding your dryer and your dryers vent hood outside.
☐ Check smooth functioning of all windows and lubricate as required.
☐ Lubricate garage door hardware, automatic garage opener motor, chain and other moving parts and ensure that the auto-reverse mechanism is properly adjusted and operating properly.
☐ Check exterior wood siding and trim for signs of deterioration; clean, replace or refinish as needed.
☐ Remove any plants that contact and root that penetrate the siding or brick.
☐ From the ground check the general condition of the roof and note any sagging that could indicate structural problems requiring further investigation from inside the attic. Note the condition of shingles for possible repair or replacement and examine roof flashings, such as chimney and roof joints for any signs of cracking or leakage.
☐ Check the chimney cap and the caulking between the cap and chimney.
☐ Repair driveway and walkways as needed.
Have a wonderful, safe & fun spring & summer months!