Spring is finally here!!

 

Spring is finally here! It’s a perfect time to do some home maintenance. If you’re not sure where to start, or if this is your first home, CMHC has a great check list for home maintenance. Below are a few of their spring maintenance suggestions:

  • Check and clean or replace furnace air filters each month during the heating season. Ventilation system, such as heat recovery ventilator, filters should be checked every two months.
  • Have fireplace or wood stove and chimney cleaned and serviced as needed
  • Switch on power to air conditioning and check system. Have it serviced every two or three years
  • Have well water tested for quality. It is recommended that you test for bacteria every six months
  • Check smoke, carbon monoxide and security alarms, and replace batteries
  • Clean windows, screens and hardware, and replace storm windows with screens.
  • Check screens first and repair or replace if needed
  • Open valve to outside hose connection after all danger of frost has passed
  • Ensure sump pump is operating properly before the spring thaw sets in. Ensure discharge pipe is connected and allows water to drain away from the foundation
  • Check eavestroughs and downspouts for loose joints and secure attachment to your home, clear any obstructions, and ensure water flows away from your foundation
  • Check for and seal off any holes in exterior cladding that could be an entry point for small pests, such as bats and squirrels
  • Examine the foundation walls for cracks, leaks or signs of moisture, and repair as required
  • Re-level any exterior steps or decks that moved as a result of frost or settling
  • Clear all drainage ditches and culverts

For more information click Here for a more comprehensive list from CMHC

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