Frisina Homes

Home Maintenance Checklists

Proper maintenance of your home will ensure that it gives you years of comfort and care-free living, as well as protecting your new home warranty. The following checklists include a monthly breakdown of items for inspection, and are intended to help you set up a regular schedule of check-ups and clean-ups.

Fall

September

  • Check exterior finishes [siding, trim] and eavestroughs to ensure they are secure; check exterior brick mortar joint and voids [repoint if necessary]
  • Check movement of garage doors and lubricate moving parts as needed
  • Check caulking for soundness, cracking, detachment and signs of water or air penetration [remove and replace with appropriate type of caulking if necessary]
  • Check fireplace and chimney dampers; service or clean if needed
  • Have furnace/heating system serviced including heat recovery ventilator and humidifier
  • Check sump pump, float and discharge line and test overall operation
  • Check clothes dryer vent and remove lint and obstructions
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

October

  • Check eavestroughs and downspouts and remove leaves and other debris
  • Shut off exterior water supply and drain water lines
  • Install winter cover for air conditioning unit
  • Check roofing and flashing for signs of wear or damage
  • Lubricate rubber or plastic weatherstripping around doors and operable windows (replace weatherstripping if damaged)
  • Check septic tank system fluid/solid levels and pump out if needed; check for erosion/water pooling around septic field
  • Check caulking for soundness, cracking, detachment and signs of water or air penetration [remove and replace with appropriate type of caulking if necessary]
  • Winterize landscaping
  • Check and reset ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCA) (e.g. exterior outlets, bathrooms or at main electrical panel)
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

November

  • Check attic for signs of moisture and even distribution of insulation
  • Inspect floor drains to ensure traps are filled with mineral oil
  • Clean or replace furnace filter
  • Check/clean heat recovery ventilator (HRV); wash or replace filter
  • Clean the mechanisms of the humidifiers
  • Check for condensation and humidity
  • Clean and test all exhaust fans; lubricate if necessary
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

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