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.

Spring

March

  • Clean or replace furnace filter
  • Check/clean heat recovery ventilator (HRV); wash or replace filter
  • Clean the mechanisms of the humidifiers
  • Check attic for signs of moisture and even distribution of insulation
  • If possible, carefully remove snow/ice from roof overhangs/vents
  • Check and reset ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) (e.g. exterior outlets, bathrooms or at main electrical panel)
  • Check sump pump, float and discharge line and test overall operation
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

April

  • Check eavestroughs and downspouts and clean if needed
  • Clean window wells, drainage swales or catch basins of leaves, snow and ice build-up
  • Clean or replace furnace filter
  • Check/clean heat recovery ventilator (HRV); wash or replace filter
  • Inspect basement or crawl space for signs of seepage/leakage and check for dampness or musty smells
  • Check for missing, loose or cracked shingles
  • Remove winter cover from air conditioning unit; inspect air conditioning unit; vacuum or brush the outdoor coil and wash; service as needed
  • Check driveways and walks for frost damage and reinstate if required
  • Check water heater for leaks, etc.
  • Plan landscaping to avoid soil settlement and water ponding. Keep soil at least 200mm (8 in) below the top of the foundation wall and ensure that the direction of the grading will allow water to flow away from the house
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

May

  • Open outside hose connection and check for leaks
  • Clean and check windows, screens and hardware
  • Check air intakes and exhaust are clear of debris, nests, etc.
  • Check exterior finishes (siding, trim) and eavestroughs to ensure they are secure
  • Check caulking for soundness, cracking, detachment and signs of water or air penetration (remove and replace with appropriate type of caulking if necessary)
  • Lubricate rubber or plastic weatherstripping around doors and operable windows [replace weatherstripping if damaged]
  • Check and reset ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) (e.g. exterior outlets, bathrooms or at main electrical panel)
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Check septic tank system fluid/solid levels and pump out if needed; check for erosion/water pooling around septic field

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