Homeowners Tips for Home Maintenance
Posted on December 6, 2017 by Gloria Matthews in Articles, Blog, Home Ownership Tips n Tricks, Maintenence
YEARLY HOME MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
Tips on maintenance, a new home is a large investment, worthy of proper maintenance. Help protect your property with this regular care and service schedule to ensure long term livability and functionality of your new green home.
Clean and replace air conditioning filters. If you have an energy recovery system, (air exchange system) remember that these filters also need to be cleaned and/or replaced.
Inspect and clean external laundry vents.
Flush all toilets and run water through all sinks, especially when bathrooms are not used on a regular basis.
Remove and clean the Kitchen Exhaust Fan filter. Clean accumulated grease deposits from the fan housing.
Check the exterior drainage conditions to ensure that nothing is causing water to stand in puddles for more than 24 hours and that water from any source is not draining toward your foundation.
Check your GFCIs (ground fault circuit interrupters) for proper operations by tripping the circuit interrupter buttons and then resetting them. If they will not trip and rest, contact our Warranty
Department for service or information on what to do.
Inspect, lubricate and clean all of your exterior vents. Make sure that air flows freely and that each has an operable damper to prevent backflow of outside air and to keep small animals from
entering your home.
Lubricate and inspect mechanisms for all doors including your garage door. Adjust if necessary.
Every Six Months
Every six months, inspect and service either your heating or air conditioning system, depending on the season.
Twice a year, you should inspect and repair the following caulked areas, as necessary:
• Kitchen and bath wet areas
• Flushing areas
• Window and door seals
• Around all penetrations (hose, faucets, duct work from vents, fireplace and chimney vents)
• Vinyl, aluminum, or wood siding
• Stucco or mortar cracks
• Interior settling or shrinkage sheetrock cracks
Clean and repair gutters.
Make sure gutters are free of material that could prevent free flow of water.
Once A Year
Inspect and test your hot water heater safety valve.
Inspect your garage door(s), rails, and lock system; adjust and lubricate, as necessary. Considering changing your garage door code periodically as a security precaution.
Service your lawn mower and yard equipment (ie. Blowers, edgers, and trimmers)
Clean your faucet aerators & inspect your plumbing for leaks
Clean and sharpen your garbage disposal by running a tray of ice cubes and
depositing a cleaning (foaming) product in the disposal
Inspect or have your home fire extinguishers tested.
Replace smoke alarm batteries
Check roof vents and overhangs for bird nests or beehives
Vacuum the coils behind your refrigerator and freezer
Seal broken or cracked grout
Inspect for damaged roof singles or accumulated debris after storms and high winds. An annual
inspection by a roofing professional is recommended. Please contact our Warranty Department for
the name and telephone number of your original roofing contractor.
We recommend an inspection of your HVAC system by a heating professional every year. We also recommend using the original contractor for the life of the system