Fall & Winter Maintenance Calender

Fall is the perfect time to get your home ready for the coming winter, which can be the most gruelling season for your home. During winter months, it’s important to follow routine maintenance procedures, by checking your home carefully for any problems that may arise and taking corrective action as soon as possible.

 

    Fall

    Check fireplace and chimney; service or clean if needed
    Clean range hood filter
    Clean leaves out of eavestroughs
    Check roofing and flashing for signs of wear or damage
    Close outside hose connection
    Close windows, skylights
    Check weather-stripping around doors and windows
    Clean and reactivate heat recovery ventilator, if it was turned off
    Winterize landscaping
    Test space heating system
    Close vents to crawl spaces
     Test your smoke alarms; change the batteries at least once a year

 

Winter

Clean or replace furnace filter
Check/clean heat recovery ventilator; wash or replace filter
Clean humidifier and turn it on if needed
Check exhaust fans
Ensure that air intake, exhausts and meters are clear of snow
Clean range hood filter
Check basement floor drain
Do safety checks: fire escape routes; fire extinguishers; door and window locks  Ensure gas valve is clear of  ice and snow


Annually


Dust or vacuum electric baseboards
Vacuum ducts behind warm air and return air grilles
Test plumbing shut-off valves to ensure they’re working
Test pressure relief valve on hot water tank; drain water from tank
Check and, if needed, oil door hinges
Lubricate garage door motor, chain, etc
Check attic for signs of moisture in summer or fall
Check septic system; clean if needed (usually about every three years)

Every Two to Five Years

Check and repair driveway cracksCheck and repair the chimney cap and the caulking between the cap and chimney,re-caulk as necessary
Refinish wood surfaces, including window frames and doors


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Gary Arora

Gary Arora

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