Home Maintenance: Spring

Home Maintenance: Spring

A key to protecting the investment you have made in your home is by following a regular maintenance schedule. By performing preventative maintenance on an on-going basis, you’ll avoid many of the big ticket repair items that can lower the value of your home.

Here are helpful checklists for monthly and spring maintenance.

Monthly

  • Test your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector.
  • Check the filters on your heating and cooling systems.  Be sure to clean and change according to the manufacturer’s schedule.
  • If you have a humidifier or an electronic air filter, check these as well.
  • Check faucets for drips.  Check plumbing for leaks.

Spring

Inside

  • Check furnace air filters each month during the heating season.  Clean or replace as necessary.
  • Inspect fireplace, wood stove and chimneys.  Have each clean and serviced as needed.
  • When heating season is complete, shut down and clean furnace humidifier.  Close the furnace humidifier damper on units with central air conditioning.
  • Check air conditioning system and clean or replace air filters.  Have system serviced as need (recommend every 2 to 3 years).
  • Check and clean dehumidifier as necessary.
  • Where possible, turn off furnace and fireplace pilot lights.

Basement

  • Ensure sump pump is operating properly.  Check to be sure discharge pipe is connected and allows water to drain away from the foundation.

Outside

  • If applicable, have well water tested for quality.
  • Examine foundation walls for cracks, leaks or signs of moisture.  Repair as required.
  • Check paint on outside walls and fence.  Repair and paint as necessary.
  • Check level of any exterior steps or decks which may have moved due to frost or settling.  Re-level as necessary.
  • Check and clean out gutters and downspouts. Repair loose joints and ensure secure attachment to your home.  Clear any obstructions and make sure water flows away from your foundation.
  • Remove any debris from drainage ditches and culverts.
  • Prune and fertilize landscaping as necessary.

See also:  Summer ChecklistFall Checklist, Winter Checklist



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