Monthly:

  • Clean and test smoke alarms
  • Test and reset ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI), breakers
  • Change and clean furnace filter
  • Drain sediment from water heater per manufacturers instructions (local water quality determines frequency)

 

Spring:

  • Turn humidifier off
  • Change furnace filter
  • Adjust telepost if necessary
  • Check and adjust sump-pump float level
  • Test exterior faucets for broken pipes
  • Flush out basement floor drain
  • Install exterior sump-pump hose
  • Clean gutters and confirm down spouts or splashblocks drain away from the house
  • Clean out window wells
  • Check and operate air conditioning system
  • Adjust registers and confirm that the cold air returns are clear of furniture or draperies
  • Make certain the air conditioner compressor is level and clear of debris and that drainage is flowing away from foundation walls
  • Check and adjust door sweeps to be watertight
  • Check overhead garage door, tighten bolts as needed, and lubricate springs with motor oil. Have other repairs done by professionals
  • Check exterior caulking and touch up
  • Check exterior paint and stain surfaces - refinish as needed
  • Look for settling of backfill soils and fill in where needed
  • Check foundation, concrete slabs and yard for settling of backfill soils; fill in as needed to maintain positive drainage
  • Inspect grout around tile (floor or wall) and touch up
  • Wash windows and screens, clean weep holes and lubricate tracks

 

Summer:

  • Regularly check sprinkler head adjustments.
  • Check interior caulking and touch up.
  • Inspect grout around tile (floor or wall) and touch up.
  • Pour a quart of water down the basement floor drain. As water in this drain evaporates, sewer odor can seep into the house.

 

Fall:

  • Operate the heating system.
  • Adjust registers and confirm that cold air returns are clear of furniture or draperies.
  • Clean the humidifier per manufacturer's instructions.
  • Adjust or replace weather-stripping on exterior doors as needed.
  • Check the fit of exterior doors at their thresholds. Many designs are adjustable.
  • Use a quarter to turn the large screws along the top edge.
  • Inspect grout around tile (floor or wall) and touch up.
  • Drain your sprinkler system.
  • Operate fireplace to burn off dust, open windows as required.
  • Remove hoses from exterior faucets. Even A freeze-proof faucet can end up with a broken water line if the water in the hose freezes, and expands into the pipe.
  • Inspect chimney for nests.
  • Review safe fireplace operation. Professional chimney cleaning is appropriate at regular intervals for fireplaces and woodburning stoves.
  • Check overhead garage door, tighten bolts as needed, and lubricate springs with motor oil. Have other repairs done by professionals.
  • Clean gutters, check downspouts, and confirm that splashblocks drain away from the house.
  • Check foundation, concrete slabs, and yard for settling of backfill soils; fill in as needed to maintain positive drainage.
  • Check exterior caulking and touch up.
  • Wash windows and screens; lubricate tracks.
  • Turn off exterior lawn service valves in the basement and open the bleeder valve to prevent pipes from bursting.
  • Remove exterior sump pump hose.

 

Winter:

  • Follow all instructions for safe operation of any fireplace or woodburning stove.
  • Brush snow off gutters and away from downspouts.
  • Remove ice and snow from concrete surfaces as soon as possible.
  • Avoid using de-icing agents with damaging salts.
  • Pour a quart of water down the basement floor drain. As water in this drain evaporates, sewer odor can seep into the house.
  • On pleasant days, open windows to allow house to breathe.
  • Decorate safely for the holidays. Do not overload circuits or use worn extension cords.
  • Set humidistat to 30%-35%.
  • Remove window screens