Routine Home Maintenance

Preventative maintenance can now save time and effort and cash later. Here's a handy routine maintenance guide which is ideal to help keep available.

Home Maintenance


- Remove screens and install storm windows and doors.

- Clean window wells, debris from under decks & porches.

- Disconnect water to, and drain all exterior pipes, hoses, hose bibs, and valves.

- Test sump pumps.

Bi-annually Spring/Fall

- Masonry chimneys must be inspected for loose mortar, cracked or broken pieces, metal chimneys ought to be inspected for rust, missing rain caps knowning that the storm collars or properly caulked, and metal flashing's need to be checked for leaks. Indications of moisture penetration i.e.: efflorescence, must be further investigated by way of a skilled professional.

- Roofs must be inspected for missing, loose or damaged shingles. Check high wear areas (valleys, heavy weather side) for missing granules. Check all flashing's and caulking for damage or leaks. Flat roofs need to be checked for shifting, or missing gravel, blistering, cracks and standing water. Keep all trees and branches well back from the rooftop.

Personal Repository

- Gutters and down spouts needs to be cleaned of debris and flushed with water, make sure you disconnect the down spouts from your perimeter drainage first. Make sure all gutters and down spouts are securely fastened and effectively connected.

- Inspect soffits and Fascia for damage, and warning signs of birds, rodents or insects.

- Exterior walls ought to be checked for just about any warning signs of damage or rot. Note any signs of settlement.

- Check fences and retaining walls for rot, insects, and/or shifting.

- Check toilets for leaks and they also are very secured towards the floor.

- Clean all faucet aerators and shower heads.

- Clean debris coming from all drains (including floor drains, exterior catch basins & sumps), and replace seals if needed.

- Flush all fixtures with baking soda and warm water.

- Check all accessible supply side plumbing for leaks.

- Check all accessible DWV (drain/waste/vent) plumbing for leaks.

- Inspect foundation walls, basements & crawl spaces for moisture penetration (efflorescence, spalling or blistering of paint) and even cracks.

- Service warm water heating systems.

- Clean or replace range hood filters.

- Check all windows for cracks, loose glazing compound, failed sealed units (condensation in between the panes).

- Check all doors for ease of operation and proper seals on all exterior doors.


- Test all Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter breakers and outlets.

- Test door closer safety circuit.

- Test smoke detectors.

- Test Carbon Monoxide detectors.

- Test all door / window latches and hardware for proper operation and security, in particular those useful for emergency exits.

- Carry out a general inspection of most heating/cooling units, clean or replace filters. Stick to the manufacturer's maintenance instructions. Clean snow and/or debris from exterior units.

- Perform visual inspection of warm water heater(s) for warning signs of leaks or rusting.
If you're not proficient and knowledgeable with domestic hot water tanks, testing the P&T valve and draining any sediment develop on the base of the tank is much better left with a skilled professional.

- Check all fire extinguishers charge.

- Add water for any floor drains to hold the trap seal intact.

- Flush garburator with baking soda and trouble.


- Ensure that you recharge fire extinguishers as necessary.

- Clean smoke and deadly carbon monoxide detectors (vacuum).

- Heating ducts, registers, and radiators needs to be vacuumed.

- The mechanical systems (heating, plumbing, warm water, and electrical service) should be checked on an annual basis by qualified professionals for just about any signs of failure or necessary repair/maintenance.

- Have septic tanks and fields checked and cleaned as appropriate.

- Cut back timber from your siding and roof of the home.

- Check all caulking on exterior windows, doors, vents.

- Supply chimneys and flues checked and cleaned as required.

- Re-caulk and reseal bathtub surrounds.