Spring Maintenance Checklist

By   April 3, 2014

Spring has sprung, so here is a little check list to ensure that your home maintenance is up-to-date!

Exterior

  • Repair or replace any exterior wood siding or trim that is damaged, missing or not adequately painted.
  • Fix any leaks or cracks in caulk around exterior windows.
  • Fill and fix any broken or missing mortar in exterior brick.
  • Check, repair or replace any exterior faucets or valves that are leaking or damaged.

Roof

  • Visually check your roof for damage and/or loose or missing shingles.
  • Check if any vents, roof stacks or skylights have broken or contain cracked flashing or damaged caulk seals.
  • Retain a professional to repair any cracks or damage in the flashing around the chimney(s).

Water Control

  • Ensure that downspouts route water away from the home.
  • Evaluate and ensure that grading is sloped away from foundation walls in order to avoid water penetration.
  • Visually inspect that gutters are securely attached to the house, not sagging and functioning properly.

Basement

  • Ensure a dry basement by checking for dampness or water leaks after wet weather.
  • Check for and seal any cracks in the concrete floor, walls or window caulking.
  • Ensure crawlspace vents are free from debris or clutter.
  • Test your sump pump for proper operation.

 Property and Grounds

  • Prune shrubs and trees that are too close to the house.
  • Remove yard debris from high traffic areas, paths, etc.
  • Treat your lawn to ensure it remains healthy and free from pests.
  • Power wash any mold, mildew or stains on your deck, patio or outdoor concrete area.

Attic

  • Search for signs that indicate insects and/or animals have colonized.
  • Search carefully for mold, which can manifest in gray or
    black blotches.
  • Check that vents and fans are working properly to ensure proper ventilation.
  • Check your insulation to ensure optimal energy efficiency.

Plumbing

  • Evaluate and replace any missing bathroom caulk or damaged grout.
  • Clean your garbage disposal by freezing lemon slices in ice cubes, then insert your lemon cubes into disposal and turn the disposal on.
  • Ensure your toilet is secured to the floor, not running continuously and operating properly.

Windows and Doors

  • Remove storm window inserts and replace with screens.
  • Ensure windows are properly caulked inside the home to prevent air conditioning from escaping.
  • Clean and lubricate window channels and door hinges to ensure smooth function.

Heating and Cooling

  • Ensure A/C unit is free of debris to ensure proper airflow.
  • Change or clean your furnace filters monthly.
  • Make sure your dehumidifier/humidifier is working properly.
  • Test/replace smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries.
  • Clear vents and ducts from obstructions and debris.
  • Consult a professional to service your air conditioning unit to ensure proper function.
  • Consider a professional duct cleaning.

Appliances

  • Replace water filters on your fridge’s water system.
  • Check to ensure fridge maintains a consistent temperature.
  • Clean the fridge’s coil vents.
  • Clean and vacuum debris from dryer vents.
  • Ensure the range anti-tip bracket is installed.