Spring Maintenance


As we begin to enjoy the spring season, we know that with a change of seasons comes a new “to do” list.

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

  • Clean the dishwasher: make sure spinning arms' holes are free of buildup - use a wire, toothpick or pliers; clean outside edges that don't get cleaned when it's in use; clean under the door - on inside edge, the gasket, the detergent dispenser; clean out drain so dishwasher operates more efficiently; clean up buildup with vinegar or other acidic substance according to the dishwasher manufacturer's instructions

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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