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March 21 2016

HomeMaintenance5
Routine Home Maintenance


Preventative maintenance now can save time and effort and funds later. This is a handy routine maintenance guide that's ideal to keep on hand.
Home Maintenance

Fall

- Remove screens and install storm doors and windows.

- Clean window wells, debris from under decks & porches.

- Disconnect water to, and drain all exterior pipes, hoses, hose bibs, and valves.

- Test sump pumps.

Bi-annually Spring/Fall

- Masonry chimneys should be inspected for loose mortar, cracked or broken pieces, metal chimneys must be inspected for rust, missing rain caps which the storm collars or properly caulked, and metal flashing's should be checked for leaks. Signs of moisture penetration i.e.: efflorescence, needs to be further investigated by the qualified professional.
Personal Repository

- Roofs needs to be inspected for missing, loose or damaged shingles. Check high wear areas (valleys, heavy weather side) for missing granules. Check all flashing's and caulking for damage or leaks. Flat roofs should be checked for shifting, or missing gravel, blistering, cracks and standing water. Keep all trees and branches well away from the top.

- Gutters and down spouts must be cleaned of debris and flushed with water, be sure you disconnect the down spouts from the perimeter drainage first. Ensure all gutters and down spouts are securely fastened and effectively connected.

- Inspect soffits and Fascia for damage, and signs and symptoms of birds, rodents or insects.

- Exterior walls should be checked for just about any indications of damage or rot. Note any signs and symptoms of settlement.

- Check fences and retaining walls for rot, insects, and/or shifting.

- Check toilets for leaks and that they are very secured for the floor.

- Clean all faucet aerators and shower heads.

- Clean debris coming from all drains (including floor drains, exterior catch basins & sumps), and replace seals if needed.

- Flush all fixtures with sodium bicarbonate and trouble.

- Check all accessible supply side plumbing for leaks.

- Check all accessible DWV (drain/waste/vent) plumbing for leaks.

- Inspect foundation walls, basements & crawl spaces for moisture penetration (efflorescence, spalling or blistering of paint) as well as cracks.

- Service warm water heating systems.

- Clean or replace range hood filters.

- Check all windows for cracks, loose glazing compound, failed sealed units (condensation among the panes).

- Check all doors for ease of operation and proper seals on all exterior doors.

Monthly

- Test all Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter breakers and outlets.

- Test garage doors closer safety circuit.

- Test smoke detectors.

- Test Co detectors.

- Test all door / window latches and hardware for correct operation and security, specifically those useful for emergency exits.

- Perform a general inspection coming from all heating/cooling units, clean or replace filters. Continue with the manufacturer's maintenance instructions. Clean snow and/or debris from exterior units.

- Perform a visual inspection of hot water heater(s) for signs of leaks or rusting.
If you're not proficient and knowledgeable with domestic hot water tanks, testing the P&T valve and draining any sediment build up at the base from the tank is better left to some skilled professional.

- Check all fire extinguishers charge.

- Add water to any floor drains to help keep the trap seal intact.

- Flush garburator with sodium bicarbonate and domestic hot water.

Annually

- Ensure that you recharge fire extinguishers as necessary.

- Clean smoke and co detectors (vacuum).

- Heating ducts, registers, and radiators ought to be vacuumed.

- The mechanical systems (heating, plumbing, warm water, and electrical service) should be checked on an annual basis by qualified professionals for just about any indications of failure or necessary repair/maintenance.

- Have septic tanks and fields checked and cleaned if required.

- Cut back timber from your siding and roof of the house.

- Check all caulking on exterior windows, doors, vents.

- Supply chimneys and flues checked and cleaned as required.

- Re-caulk and reseal bathtub surrounds.

Don't be the product, buy the product!

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