Is Your Home Fall-Ready?

It's Time To Prepare Your Home For The Colder Months...

Excerpts from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation website article titled,"Home Maintenance Schedule"

Inspecting your home on a regular basis and following good maintenance practices are the best way to protect your investment in your home. Whether you take care of a few tasks at a time or several all at once, it is important to get into the habit of doing them.

Establish a routine for yourself, and you will find the work is easy to accomplish and not very time-consuming. A regular schedule of seasonal maintenance can put a stop to the most common —and costly—problems, before they occur.

Most home maintenance activities are seasonal. Fall is the time to get your home ready for the coming winter, which can be the most gruelling season for your home. Here are just a few suggestions to help prepare your home for the colder months, for a complete list, check out the CMHC website:our house

  1. Have furnace or heating system serviced by a qualified service company every two years for a gas furnace, and every year for an oil furnace, or as recommended by the manufacturer. 

  2. If you have central air conditioning, make sure the drain pan under the cooling coil mounted in the furnace plenum is draining properly and is clean. 

  1. Lubricate circulating pump on hot water heating system. Bleed air from hot water radiators. 

  1. Disconnect the power to the furnace and examine the forced air furnace fan belt, if installed; for wear, looseness or noise and clean fan blades of any dirt buildup.  

  1. Check chimneys for obstructions such as a nest before turning on your furnace.  

  1. Vacuum electric baseboard heaters to remove dust. Remove the grilles on forced air systems and vacuum inside the ducts.  

  1. Turn ON gas furnace pilot light (if your furnace has one), set the thermostat to “heat” and test the furnace for proper operation by raising the thermostat setting until the furnace starts to operate. Once you have confirmed proper operation, return the thermostat to the desired setting. 

  1. 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.  

  1. Check to see that the ductwork leading to and from the heat recovery ventilator is in good shape, the joints are tightly sealed (aluminum tape or mastic) and any duct insulation and plastic duct wrap is free of tears and holes. 

  1. Winterize landscaping, for example, store outdoor furniture, prepare gardens and, if necessary, protect young trees or bushes for winter.

  2. If the heat recovery ventilator has been shut off for the summer, clean the filters and the core, and pour water down the condensate drain to test it.  

  3. Check smoke, carbon monoxide and security alarms, and replace batteries. 

  4. Check sump pump and line to ensure proper operation, and to ascertain that there are no line obstructions or visible leaks. 

  5. Replace window screens with storm windows. Remove interior insect screens from windows to allow air from the heating system to keep condensation off window glass and to allow more free solar energy into your home.  

  6. Ensure windows and skylights close tightly; repair or replace weatherstripping, as needed.  

  7. Ensure all doors to the outside shut tightly, and check other doors for ease of use. Replace door weatherstripping if required.  

  8. If there is a door between your house and the garage, check the adjustment of the self-closing device to ensure it closes the door completely.  

  9. Ensure that the ground around your home slopes away from the foundation wall, so that water does not drain into your basement.  

  10. Clean leaves from eavestroughs and roof, and test downspouts to ensure proper drainage from the roof. 

  11. If you have a septic tank, measure the sludge and scum to determine if the tank needs to be emptied before the spring. Tanks should be pumped out at least once every three years.

To be effective, home maintenance must be done on an ongoing basis, from year to year. You can print a maintenance schedule from the CMHC website, at For more information about your home and a wide variety of information products, visit the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation website at, by telephone at 1-800-668-2642 or fax at 1-800-245-9274.

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