basic care maintenance schedule

Winterizing Your Home

Each fall you should perform the following checks to ensure your home is prepared for the onset of cold weather.

• Furnace: Forced air systems: check or replace filters. - Cycle the furnace to be sure it operates.

• Plumbing: Drain water from exterior faucets and pipes. Store hoses and remove from faucets.

• Windows & Doors: Check sashes and frames repair or replace weather stripping and caulking.

• Gutters & Downspouts: Check for and remove leaves and other debris that might cause clogs.

• Sashes and Doors: If insulated glass fogs, replace it.

• Fill settled areas and depressions around the foundation to maintain proper slope for drainage.

• Asphalt or concrete driveway - treat as necessary, repairing cracks.

January – February

  • Clean or replace furnace filter.
  • Check and clean ventilation systems for Microhood and bath fans. Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Clean snow from air intakes, exhausts and meters.
  • Remove excess snow from roof to prevent ice dams.
  • Clean and check sump pump and pit.
  • Inspect pressure and temperature valve on water heater (recommendations and safety needs).
  • Clean faucet aerators and turn on infrequently used faucets and put water in floor drains to maintain the trap’s water barrier
  • Observe humidity levels and aggressively use bath fans and Microhood fans to rid home of excess moisture as needed to eliminate condensation or frost on windows

March – April

  • Clean or replace furnace filter.
  • Check and clean ventilation systems for Microhood and bath fans. Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Clean snow from air intakes, exhausts and meters.
  • Remove excess snow from roof to prevent ice dams.
  • Check gutters and downspouts and clean if needed.
  • Inspect basement space for seepage/leakage.
  • Do safety checks: smoke detectors, fire escape routes, fire extinguisher, carbon monoxide alarms, door and window locks. Replace Batteries o Check and repair any damaged screens.
  • Adjust thermostat for seasonal change.
  • Observe humidity levels and aggressively use bath fans and Microhood fans to rid home of excess moisture as needed to eliminate condensation or frost on windows

May - June

  • Check and clean ventilation systems for Microhood and bath fans. Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Clear air intakes, exhaust and meters of debris, nests, etc.
  • Check gutters and downspouts and clean if needed.
  • Be sure to check settling after spring thaw.
  • Open outside hose connection.
  • Check and clean central air conditioning system.
  • Check landscaping sprinklers to ensure proper alignment (do not let them soak your siding or foundation).
  • Replace air conditioning or furnace filters monthly or as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Clean A/C condenser.
  • Inspect pressure and temperature valve on water heater.
  • Maintain proper grades for drainage throughout the property. o Inspect roof for damage and make repairs when necessary.

July – August

  • Clear air intakes, exhaust and meters of debris, nests, etc.
  • Check gutters and downspouts and clean if needed.
  • Check exterior finishes for moisture damage.
  • Check and clean ventilation systems for Microhood and bath fans. Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Air out damp basements on dry days or use dehumidifier (suggested).
  • Have furnace (heating system) serviced.
  • Check hot water heater for mineral buildup, drain, and refill.
  • Check and repair interior caulking and grout on tile in showers and baths.
  • Check and repair all cracked, separated or missing exterior caulking and weather stripping, especially around windows and entry doors. Use astm c-920 sealant.
  • Replace air filters as recommended by the manufacturer. o Clean A/C condenser.

September – October

  • Check fireplace and chimney, service or clean if needed.
  • Check and clean ventilation systems for Microhood and bath fans. Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Clear air intakes, exhaust and meters of debris, nests, etc.
  • Do safety checks: smoke detectors, fire escape routes, fire extinguisher, carbon monoxide alarms, door and window locks. o Check gutters and downspouts and clean if needed.
  • Check roofing and flashing and repair signs of wear or damage.
  • Check roof vents/soffit vents.
  • Drain and close outside hose connection. o Winterize landscaping.
  • Inspect pressure and temperature valve on water heater.
  • Maintain proper grades for drainage throughout the property.
  • Adjust thermostat for season change.
  • Check humidity levels to prevent excessive moisture.
  • Clean dryer vent.
  • Check garage floor for cracks – seal & caulk.

November – December

  • Check and clean ventilation systems for Microhood and bath fans. Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Clean or replace furnace filter.
  • Clear air intakes, exhausts and meters of snow, debris, etc.
  • Remove excess snow from roof to prevent ice dams.
  • Check adjustment of door thresholds.
  • Observe humidity levels and aggressively use bath fans and Microhood fans to rid home of excess moisture as needed to eliminate condensation or frost on windows