Home Maintenance Tips
 

house4All of our clients receive a handy magnet complete with home maintenance and safety tips. These magnets provide an easy-to-use guide for maintenance activities that should be performed every spring and fall. This user-friendly guide can be conveniently placed on your refridgerator, furnace, water heater or any other place where it will remind you of important activities to keep your home safe and sound for all the seasons.

 

Spring

  • Have air conditioner checked by professional
  • Turn off humidifier
  • Test GFCI outlets
  • Test smoke and CO detectors
  • Check caulk/grout around tubs, showers & sinks
  • Check underside of roof (attic) for water damage
  • Check painted surfaces for paint deterioration
  • Check doors & windows for finish failure
  • Check for broken glass or damaged screens
  • Clean window wells & storm drains
  • Check for trip hazards in sidewalks & driveways
  • Check masonry for cracks & loose joints
  • Check siding & trim for damage & decay
  • Check for damaged gutters & downspouts
  • Check for damaged or loose roof shingles
  • Check for damaged flashings
  • Inspect foundation cracks for new movement

Fall

  • Have heating system checked by professional
  • Turn on humidifier
  • Test GFCI outlets
  • Test smoke and CO detectors
  • Check caulk/grout around tubs, showers & sinks
  • Check condition of power & extension cords
  • Clean dirt/dust from around furnace
  • Check caulking at doors & windows
  • Check weather stripping for damage & fit
  • Check vents & chimneys for animal nests
  • Clean gutters & downspouts
  • Check catch basins for adequate drainage
  • Drain outside water lines & hoses
  • Clean all roof/attic vents
  • Check all railings & banisters
  • Inspect decks & porches for structural failure or cracked/loose boards & supports
  • Inspect windows for broken seals

Annual or As Necessary

  • Change or clean furnace/AC filters monthly
  • Check basement, crawlspace or attic for dampness or leakage following rain
  • Check safety reverse & electronic eye functionality on garage door annually
  • Have chimney swept, check chimney masonry annually
  • Check water heater release valve & drain 2-3 gallons of water to remove sediment annually
  • If you feel a shock from touching any appliance; disconnect & repair immediately