Spring Time is the Best Time for Home MaintenancePreventive Maintenance is very important to ensure a safe and efficient home and to maintain your home’s long-term value. Spring and fall is the best time to perform annual maintenance tasks.
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Semi-Annual Maintenance Checklist:
Air Conditioner – If you have a separate air conditioning system, clean and change filters as the manufacturer recommends. Make sure to turn humidifiers off when the air conditioning is on.
Heating Systems – Read the instruction manual for your system for specific directions.
Basement and Foundation – Check for cracks and moisture and discuss with a professional.
Interior Caulking and Grout – Inspect caulking and grout around tubs, showers, and sinks. If the caulking has pulled away, scrape it out and recaulk.
Water Heater – Drain water until clear of sediment; inspect flue assembly (gas heater); check for leaks and corrosion.
Clothes Washer – Clean water inlet filters; check hoses and replace if leaking.
Clothes Dryer – Vacuum lint from ducts and surrounding areas.
Refrigerator – Clean drain hole and pan (more often in warm weather); wash door gasket; vacuum condenser coils.
Wiring – Check for frayed cords and wires; check exposed wiring in basements, and call an electrician is if looks inferior or dangerous.
Exhaust Fans – Clean grill and fan blades.
Range Hood Fan – Wash fan blades, filters and housing.
Bathroom – Check for evidence of leaks around and under sinks, showers, toilets, and tubs.
Sink – Check all faucets, hose bibs, and supply valves for leakage.
Toilet – Check for leaks in water feed and tank bottom.
Breaker Box – Trip circuit breakers and ground fault interrupters to insure proper protection.
Home Security – For security systems, check that the alarm and circuits are in working order; inspect the sensors one by one; and check primary and backup batteries.
- Inspect Fire Extinguisher.
- Replace batteries in Smoke Detectors.
- Clean out fireplaces.
- Check walls and wooden materials for mildew and rot.
- Check for pest infestation.
Outside Walls – Check for termite tubes and damaged wood.
Gutters and Downspouts – Keep clear of leaves and debris.
Windows and Doors – Check for leaks and caulk where necessary.
Roofs – A qualified roofer should inspect the roof every three years.
Grading – Make certain that water drains away from the home.
Driveways, Walks and Steps – Inspect for cracks and settling and make any necessary repairs.
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