Seasonal Tips On Maintaining Your Home

Did you know that home warranty does not cover damage resulting from improper maintenance?

It is very important that new homeowners take time to protect their homes and warranty by properly maintenaning their home.  The following useful seasonal tips were provided by Tarion Home Warranty website.

Spring

March

  • Clean furnace filter and heat recovery ventilator (HRV)
  • Check attic
  • Check sump pump (if installed)
  • Clean humidifier
  • Remove snow and ice from overhang and vents
  • Check and reset ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

April

  • Check eavestroughs and downspouts
  • Clean furnace filter and HRV
  • Clean humidifier
  • Inspect basement or crawl spaces
  • Check roof for loose or cracked shingles
  • Check driveways and walks for frost damage
  • Check water heater for leaks
  • Turn on exterior water supply
  • Plan landscaping to avoid soil settlement and water ponding
  • Check and reset GFCI
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

May

  • Inspect fences
  • Check caulking for air and water leaks
  • Lubricate weatherstripping
  • Check exterior finishes
  • Check windows and screens are operating properly
  • Check septic system (if installed)
  • Check and reset GFCI
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

Summer
 

June 

  • Inspect air conditioning
  • Check roof
  • Check sheds and garages
  • Check sealing around windows and doors
  • Check septic system and clean if necessary
  • Fertilize lawn
  • Check water heater
  • Check and reset ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors 

July 

  • Air out damp basements on dry, sunny day
  • Clean air conditioner
  • Check exhaust fans
  • Check water heater for leaks
  • Check and reset GFCI
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors 

August 

  • Clean air conditioner filter  
  • Air out damp basements on dry, sunny days
  • Inspect driveways and walks
  • Inspect doors and locks
  • Check and reset GFCI
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

Fall 
 
September 

  • Check exterior finishes
  • Check garage door tracks and lubricate bearings
  • Check caulking for air and water leaks
  • Plant new lawn
  • Check fireplace and chimney
  • Check basement or crawl spaces
  • Have humidifier, furnace and HRV serviced
  • Check clothes dryer vent
  • Check and reset ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors 

October 

  • Check windows and screens
  • Drain exterior water lines
  • Check roof including shingles, flashing and vents
  • Check weatherstripping
  • Check sealing around windows and doors
  • Check septic system
  • Winterize landscaping and remove leaves
  • Clean furnace filter and HRV
  • Clean water heater
  • Shut off exterior water supply
  • Check eavestroughs and downspouts
  • Clean humidifier
  • Check and reset GFCI
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

November 

  • Check attic
  • Inspect floor drains to ensure trap is filled with water 
  • Clean furnace filter and HRV
  • Check for condensation and humidity
  • Check and reset GFCI
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

Winter
 
December 

  • Check air ducts
  • Check for excessive snow on roof
  • Clean furnace filter and heat recovery ventilator (HRV)
  • Clean humidifier
  • Check and reset ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

January 

  • Clean furnace filter and HRV
  • Check furnace fan belt
  • Check water heater
  • Check exhaust fans
  • Clean humidifier
  • Remove snow and ice from roof overhang/vents
  • Check and reset GFCI
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

February 

  • Clean furnace filter and HRV
  • Check inside surfaces
  • Remove snow and ice from roof overhang/vents
  • Check and reset GFCI