All Homes Need General Maintenance

Here Is a Checklist To Help You Out.


MONTHLY

  • Fire Extinguisher: Check that it's fully charged; recharge or replace if needed.
  • Sink/Tub Stoppers and Drain Holes: Clean out debris.
  • Garbage Disposal: Flush with hot water and baking soda.
  • Air Conditioning Cooling System: Clean filters once a month

EVERY 2 MONTHS

  • Range Hood: Clean grease filter.

EVERY 3 MONTHS

  • Tub Drain Assembly: Clean out debris; inspect rubber seal and replace if needed.
  • Floor and Outdoor Drain Grates: Clean out debris.

EVERY 6 MONTHS

  • Smoke Detector: Test batteries and replace if needed.
  • Toilet: Check for leaks and water run-on.
  • Interior Caulking: Inspect caulking around tubs, showers, and sinks; replace any if it is deteriorating.
  • Garbage Disposal: Tighten drain connections and fasteners.
  • Clothes Washer: Clean water inlet filters; check hoses and replace them if they are leaking.
  • Clothes Dryer: Vacuum lint from ducts and surrounding areas.
  • Wiring on Appliances: Check for frayed cords and wires; repair or replace them as needed.
  • Range Hood: Wash fan blades and housing.

BEFORE THE BUILD UP

  • Roof: Inspect roof surface, flashing, eaves, and soffits; repair if needed.
  • Gutters and Downspouts: Clean them out or install no-clean version. Inspect and repair weak areas; check for proper drainage and make repairs if needed.
  • Exterior Caulking: Inspect caulking and replace any that is deteriorating.
  • Windowsills, Doorsills, Thresholds: Fill cracks, caulk edges, repaint; replace if needed.
  • Window and Door Screens: Clean screening and repair or replace if needed; tighten or repair any loose or damaged frames and repaint if needed; replace broken, worn, or missing hardware; tighten and lubricate door hinges and closers.

END OF WET SEASON

  • Roof: Inspect roof surface, flashing, eaves, and soffits; repair if needed.
  • Gutters and Downspouts: Clean out. Inspect and repair weak points; check for proper slope.
  • Exterior Caulking: Inspect caulking and replace any that is deteriorating.
  • Storm Windows and Doors: Replace any cracked or broken glass; tighten or repair any loose or damaged frames and repaint if needed. Replace damaged hardware; tighten and lubricate door hinges and closers.
  • Window and Door Weather Stripping: Inspect and repair or replace if it is deteriorating or if it does not seal.
  • Thermostat: Clean temperature sensor, contact points, and contacts; check accuracy and replace thermostat if it is

ANNUALLY

  • Septic Tank: Have a professional check the tank (watch for backup throughout the year). In many areas, it is recommended that the tank be pumped every year.
  • Main Cleanout Drain: Have a "rooter" professional clean out the main line, particularly if there are mature trees in your yard whose roots could have cracked the pipe in their search for moisture.
  • A/C System: Have a professional tune up and clean your air conditioning system.
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