Spring and Summer Maintenance Reminder

March 30, 2018 | Posted by: Sherry Corbitt

All homes, even new homes, require maintenance. As spring approaches, protect the equity in your home by taking time to check these items in and around your home and attend to any that need maintenance.

  • -Test and clean smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • -Test and reset ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) breakers
  • -Test alarm system**
  • -Change and clean the furnace filter (monthly)
  • -Adjust and confirm all registers and cold-air-returns are clear of furniture or draperies
  • -Turn off the humidifier**
  • -Monitor basement humidity and avoid relative humidity levels above 60 per cent. Use a dehumidifier to maintain relative humidity below 60 per cent
  • -Inspect and clean air conditioning unit for proper operation, arrange for service if needed**
  • -Drain sediment from water heater base, per manufacturer’s instructions
  • -Pour water down the basement floor drain to prevent sewer odours seeping into the house
  • -Inspect plumbing fixtures for leaks
  • -Inspect weather-stripping on all exterior doors
  • -Wash windows, weep holes, screens and lubricate tracks
  • -Inspect exterior caulking around windows
  • -Condition all wood cabinets
  • -Lubricate door hinges
  • -Touch up interior and exterior paint, stain, siding, putty, caulking and grout as needed
  • -Re-seal wood fences
  • -Condition your deck**
  • -Inspect overhead garage door, lubricate rollers and guides, tighten bolts as needed
  • -Test exterior faucets for broken pipes
  • -Inspect and clean gutters, downspouts and splash pads for proper drainage away from the house
  • -Inspect the roof and the roof vents
  • -Look for settling of backfill soils and fill in where needed
  • -Open valve to outside hose connection after all danger of frost has passed.
  • -Seed and feed lawn, water regularly
  • -Deep water shrubs and trees
  • -Repair driveway and walkways as needed
  • -Plan your first barbeque and enjoy your home!

 

** If applicable

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