Seasonal Maintenance Calendar

Establishing and following a maintenance schedule is the best way to manage your household maintenance budget, to protect your investment and to prevent problems. This seasonal schedule of maintenance tasks should not replace the manufacturer’s recommendations. We suggest that you use licensed contractors for any tasks you may feel that you don’t have the technical knowledge or ability to perform.

SAFETY FIRST – Homeowners often want to perform maintenance themselves to save money. It is important to bear in mind that there are many areas of home maintenance that are best left to professionals. For example, electrical work, entering an attic, or climbing on roofs and ladders are just a few hazardous activities. It is better to take the safe choice if there is any question as to the ability of the homeowner to perform any maintenance task.

Winter

  • Check the attic for leaks, check the insulation, look for blocked vents and look to see if any daylight is coming in through the roof or around chimneys(may indicate a leak or hole).
  • Replace the furnace filters, check fan belt and lubricate the motor if required (may require a technician).
  • Clean and test all the smoke alarms – check or replace the batteries.
  • Test all the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) and all the panel breakers.
  • Remove ice and snow from porches and concrete stairs as soon as possible – don’t use salts or other chemicals that will damage the concrete to melt or disperse ice.
  • In freezing or snow conditions check for ice dams on the overhangs of the roof.
  • Occasionally open windows to allow the house to air out (weather
    permitting).
  • Avoid overloading circuits with heaters, light decorations or appliances during the winter. Remember to remove and sore all your hoses, turn off water supply to the exterior faucets and drain hose bibs (remove diverters
    too) BEFORE freezing temperatures.
  • If you have an in-ground sprinkler system, make sure it is properly drained and winterized BEFORE freezing temperatures.
  • Check that your faucets are not leaking – this will save you money especially on your hot water heating costs.
  • Check all the CO (Carbon Monoxide) detectors for operation. This is
    especially important in winter.
  • Do not pile snow against the side of your home.