Home Maintenance

 

The Homeowner assumes the responsibility for the maintenance of the systems and components of the residence. Neglected systems and components can cause costly repairs or replacement of affected items. The following checklists are a good starting point for developing a home maintenance routine. Please feel free to copy the checklist and add items as required.

Manufactures’ "Owner Manuals" for heating/cooling systems, water heaters and appliances provide valuable information as to the required maintenance checks and service of these systems and components. You should become familiar with the periodic maintenance checks recommended by the manufacturer. Add the required maintenance tasks to the checklist in this section. If manuals are no longer available the manufacturer may be able to provide replacements. Failure to adhere to the manufacturer’s recommendations may cause serious injury to the occupants and reduced performance and service life of these systems and components.

The Homeowner should establish a relationship with a qualified service technician soon after occupancy of the residence and contract for regular maintenance on the heating/cooling systems. If your furnace is gas fired, special emphasis should be placed on an annual inspection of the integrity of the unit’s heat exchanger. Failure of this system can cause dangerous levels of carbon monoxide to enter the living spaces of the residence. The flues of gas fired furnace and water heater should also be examined.

Special concern should also be placed on an annual test of the normal operation of the temperature and pressure (T&P) relief valve on the water heater. This device is prone to failure as a result of corrosion and the life expectancy of this device is substantially reduced if annual testing is not performed. Failure of this device may cause serious injury to the occupants.

Should questions or concerns arise after occupancy concerning proper maintenance of the systems and components of the residence, please contact us. We would be pleased to provide further assistance on an as needed basis.

You should consider a complete re-inspection of the residence on a three to five year interval as changes can and do occur as the structure ages and deterioration of systems and components accelerate.

 

ANNUAL CHECKLIST

Exterior

•q    Check grounds for accumulation of water near foundation walls.

•q    Check foundation walls for cracks, bulges or deterioration. All cracked wall surfaces should be monitored for movement.

•q    Check siding for damaged panels.

•q    Check condition and cleanliness of gutters and downspouts. Clean at least twice annually when heavy foliage is present.

Interior

•q    Check ceilings for signs of leaks and bulges.

•q    Check bathroom plumbing for leaks and dripping fixtures.

•q    Check caulking at tub and shower.

•q    Test GFCI outlets for proper operation.

•q    Clean debris and leaves from exterior A/C unit.

•q    Check all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for proper operation and replace batteries.

SPRING CHECKLIST

Exterior

GROUNDS:

•q    Check driveways and walks for cracks and deterioration.

•q    Check window wells, dry wells, and storm drains.

•q    Check wooden fences and gates for condition.

•q    Check retaining walls for cracks, bulges and leaks. Monitor cracked surfaces for future movement.

FOUNDATION:

•q    Check during heavy downpour for proper drainage away from house and garage.

•q    Check for evidence of insect infestation.

•q    Check the ends of all drainpipes for debris and blockage.

SIDING:

•q    Check for finish or paint deterioration.

•q    Check caulking at joints.

WINDOWS & DOORS:

•q    Check for finish or paint deterioration.

•q    Check for damaged screens or broken glass.

•q    Clean and install screens.

•q    Lubricate window channels.

ROOF: (Use Binoculars)

•q    Check for loose, damaged or missing shingles.

•q    Check soffits for signs of moisture build-up.

•q    Check chimney for condition.

•q    Check flashing for lifting and poor seal.

Interior

DECORATION:

•q    Check all painted and finished walls for condition.

•q    Check baseboards for finish or paint deterioration.

•q    Check rugs for wear and tear and floor for signs of settling.

•q    Check tile grout in baths and kitchens for deterioration.

ATTIC:

•q    Check for signs of roof leaks on rafters, decking and insulation.

•q    Check chimney for smoke or water leaks.

•q    Check position and condition of insulation.

•q    Check ventilation openings for blockage.

ELECTRICAL:

•q    Check and mark all circuits. Operate all circuit breakers to insure free movement.

•q    Test all GFCI outlets.

HEATING/COOLING SYSTEMS:

•q    Have cooling/heating systems checked by a technician.

•q    Check condition of water heater. Operate pressure relief valve.

•q    Check all vents (fireplace, furnace and water heater) for cleanliness.

FALL CHECKLIST

Exterior

GROUNDS:

•q    Check window wells, dry wells and storm drains.

•q    Drain exterior water lines and open taps.

FOUNDATION:

•q    Check during heavy down pour for proper drainage away from foundation walls.

SIDING:

•q Check for finish or paint deterioration.

WINDOWS & DOORS:

•q    Check for finish or paint deterioration.

•q    Remove and store screens, install storm windows.

ROOF: (Use binoculars)

•q    Check for loose, damaged or missing shingles.

•q    Check soffits for signs of moisture build-up.

•q    Check condition of chimney.

•q    Check flashing for lifting and poor seal.

Interior

ATTIC:

•q    Check ventilation openings for blockage.

HEATING/COOLING SYSTEMS:

•q    Have heating/cooling system checked by technician

•q    Clean all elements of cooling systems.

•q    Check condition of water heater. Operate pressure relief valve

HOME SECURITY:

•q    Check condition and operation of all exterior door locks.

•q    Check charge in fire extinguishers.

•q    Check operation of all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and review the family fire prevention plan.