Ahhh……..Spring!


As we begin to enjoy the spring season, we know that with a change of seasons comes a new “to do” list.  So let’s get started………..

Exterior


• Check and seal the decks:check the steps and rails for loose or damaged boards and raised nails
• Service the sprinkler system
• Open the outside hose connection shutoffs
• Check that the grading of the soil and hard surfaces slopes away from the foundation
• Check the exterior of your home for the conditions of the paint, caulk and putty
• Clean the gutters and make sure downspouts are attached and extended
• Inspect the roof materials and roof flashings
• Check the chimney for damage to the cap, flashing, masonry
• Inspect and clean the siding
• Inspect vents, chimneys and other protected areas for bird and insect nests
• Clean window and door screens-repair or replace damaged screens
• Inspect the weather stripping around doors, windows and the garage doors and repair as necessary
• Inspect the foundation for cracks, moisture and insects
• Trim trees and shrubs away from the home


Plumbing/Bath


• Check the bathroom grout, caulk, and tile for damage
• Clean the bathroom exhaust fans and grills - make sure that the fans exhaust outside and not into the attic
• Draw sediments from the hot water heater as needed
• Inspect the water heater’s temperature pressure relief valve for signs of leaking or discharge
• Clean the lint from the clothes dryer duct and from the unit per the manufacturer’s instructions

Kitchen


• Clean the range hood filter and wash the fan blades
• Clean the refrigerator’s coil, drain pan, and check the drain

Basement


• Turn off the humidifier and water supply and switch the humidifier’s duct damper from winter to a summer setting as needed
• Clean the dehumidifier and start its operation in the basement as needed
• Check the basement for any signs of leaks, mildew or condensation
• Check for adequate ventilation in the crawl spaces to remove any excess moisture
• Test the sump pump to make sure it removes water from the sump hole

Attic


• Check the attic for signs of leaks, mildew, and condensation
• Check whole-house fan - clean blades, lubricate, check belt

Air Conditioning


• Have an air conditioning professional check the condenser unit to be sure it is level and clean and check the condensate drain to make sure it is clean and draining
• Clean or change the air conditioner filter (unless it is a special type)
• Adjust any duct dampers for a switch from heating to cooling if necessary
• High & low returns - open high returns and close low returns for the cooling season
• Turn on the power 24 hours before operation - keep the thermostat off during this period

General


• Replace smoke and CO detector batteries

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