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Spring Clean Maintenance List
Uncategorized | April 23, 2019

Just like you, your home can benefit from a “health” physical.

For its upkeep and well-being, to keep it always looking its best, and to prevent costly breakdowns, it needs a maintenance schedule.

Heating and Cooling Systems

 

  • Replace furnace filters. This will make it easier to regulate your home’s temperature. It will also decrease utility bills every 3 months.
  • Have your ducts cleaned. This will improve furnace performance and ensure clean air in your home. Dryer vent cleaning is important because lint is extremely flammable.
  • Adjust your thermostat for the warmer weather ahead.
  • Uncover AC and clean the AC condenser coils.  Important: *Make sure power is turned off to the unit before performing any work on it. *
    • Clean and clear debris from around the unit.
    • Check coolant lines
    • Test the unit

Windows

 

  • Inspect seals and caulking ensuring for a leak-free Spring.
  • Check screens for holes to keep bugs and critters outside.
  • Check operation of cranks to make sure all windows are operating smoothly. (Binding windows can indicate unwanted pressure or strain on a window.)
  • Check basement window wells to make sure they are free of debris and are draining at an adequate rate to prevent overflows.

Gutters

 

  • Ensure all debris is free and clear and water is able to flow freely.
  • Check that the gutter is secure.
  • Check end caps and all connection points for leaks. Re-seal with gutter caulking if necessary.
  • Ensure all downspouts are pointed away from your home.
  • Ensure water is not pooling against your foundation.  If so, redirect the source of water or divert it away with grading or landscaping.
  • Use rain barrels. They’re a great solution for diverting water for providing water storage for your gardens throughout the summer.

Sump pump

 

  • Test that your sump pump is operating properly. Make sure the “max” and “min” water level settings are positioned correctly.
  • Consider a battery backup, especially if your pump runs several times an hour.
  • Consider installing a secondary pump in case of primary pump failure, because constant operation can be hard on pumps.  Check your basement floor for any damp areas or pooling water.
  • Inspect your foundation wall for any cracks. Cracks will usually appear on the corners of the basement window, at elevation changes or where there are heavy loads (the beam location).
  • If water is present, consider calling a foundation repair expert to assess the problem and suggest reasonable solutions – for example, crack repair, tile drainage repair, a new damp-proof membrane.

Exterior cladding, decks and walks

 

  • Wash the exterior of your home.  See if caulking joints, flashings, soffit, and fascia are still intact after a harsh winter.
  • Ensure any gaps or cracks are filled.
  • Turn your outside water back on for the year. Test the valves to make sure they don’t leak. Water is costly.
  • Test your outdoor power outlets. If there are any issues, consult a licensed electrician.
  • Clean walks and driveways. If gaps and cracks are present, fill them with patching compound. Water penetrating those cracks will cause further damage in coming winters.
  • Clean decks and stain. Inspect the condition of the frame and deck surface.  Replace any rot immediately. It will spread – similar to rust on your car.
  • TSP (Trisodium Phosphate) and bleach make a wonderful deck surface-cleaner (along with elbow grease and a stiff brush).
  • If you re-stain your deck, make sure you start with a clean dry surface and plan for 24 hrs of dry time (good luck).