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Preventative maintenance can now save time and effort and money later. Here is a handy routine maintenance guide that is certainly ideal to hold accessible.

Home Maintenance



- Remove screens and install storm doors and windows.

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

- Turn off 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 needs to be inspected for rust, missing rain caps understanding that the storm collars or properly caulked, and metal flashing's have to be checked for leaks. Signs of moisture penetration i.e.: efflorescence, should be further investigated by a skilled professional.

- Roofs must 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 need to be checked for shifting, or missing gravel, blistering, cracks and standing water. Keep all trees and branches well back from the cover.

- Gutters and down spouts should be cleaned of debris and flushed with water, be sure you disconnect the down spouts through the perimeter drainage first. Be sure all gutters and down spouts are securely fastened and properly 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 signs of damage or rot. Note any warning signs of settlement.

Personal Repository

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

- Check toilets for leaks plus they are very secured towards 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 baking soda and hot water.

- 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) and or 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.


- Test all Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter breakers and outlets.

- Test garage doors closer safety circuit.

- Test smoke detectors.

- Test Deadly carbon monoxide detectors.

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

- Execute a general inspection of all heating/cooling units, clean or replace filters. Follow 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 aren't proficient and knowledgeable with domestic hot water tanks, testing the P&T valve and draining any sediment increase on the bottom of the tank is best left to some qualified professional.

- Check all fire extinguishers charge.

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

- Flush garburator with baking soda and hot water.


- Ensure that you recharge fire extinguishers as necessary.

- Clean smoke and carbon monoxide detectors (vacuum).

- Heating ducts, registers, and radiators must be vacuumed.

- The mechanical systems (heating, plumbing, warm water, and electrical service) needs to be checked every year by qualified professionals for virtually any signs and symptoms of failure or necessary repair/maintenance.

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

- Cut back woods from your siding and roof of the home.

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

- Supply chimneys and flues checked and cleaned as required.

- Re-caulk and reseal bathtub surrounds.