Maintenance Tips
A general home maintenance check up, both inside and out, is important at the first sign of warm weather.

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Spring 2013 Home Maintenance Tips


Spring is the perfect opportunity to have your air conditioning and other mechanical systems checked by a home maintenance professional. Some of these additional tasks listed below can be performed by you as well, so take the time to maintain your home for Spring because it will save you money and time over the season.  

  1. Filters: Remember to clean or replace filters once a month, or as needed. Check and clean dryer vent, air conditioner, stove hood and room fans. Keep heating and cooling vents clean and free from furniture and draperies.

  2. Attic: Just because you haven't noticed any leaks doesn't mean your attic should be neglected. Inspect your attic looking for signs of potential leaks or damp spots. If there is no ridge vent, keep gable vents open year-round to ensure proper ventilation.  

  3. Basement: Similar to the attic, inspecting the basement for any unwelcome critters or moisture will save you headaches and money in the long run. The basement is also where you'll want to look for any cracks in the foundation or walls which may also be a source for moisture build up.

  4. Faucets: Check for leaky faucets in kitchen and bathroom(s). Replace washers as necessary. A quick visual inspection of the pipes underneath sinks will confirm whether or not you have a leak there as well. Water leaks are not your friend so be sure to remedy any issues ASAP.

  5. Safety Equipment: Ensure that all smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers are in good working order. Replace batteries in appropriate devices as needed each year and spring is the perfect time to do so.

  6. Roof: Inspect your roof and chimney(s) for damaged shingles and water leaks, and growing vegetation. Most roofs come with a 10 - 15 year warrantee so unless it's reaching the end of its lifespan you shouldn't be required to hire a professional for this.

  7. Foundation: Walk around the foundation of the house looking for cracks or signs of water damage. When snow piles up too high against the exterior of the house water can seep in and cause structural damage; if you see signs of cracking or other damage to the exterior foundation call a professional because caulking is not going to fix it.

  8. Gutters: Clean gutters and drain pipes so leaves won’t clog them and be sure they drain away from the house.

  9. Decks & Fences: Clean & repair those decks. All patios and decks need a good cleaning at least once a year, since they're about to get a lot more use, now is the perfect time to do it.

  10. Windows & Doors: Seal drafty doors and windows. If you added up all of the small cracks where heating and cooling escapes from a home, it would be the same as having a window open. Replace seals as needed.

  11. Siding & paint: Look for cracks and holes in house siding or paint. Replace caulk if necessary. A carpet knife can work well for cutting away old caulking from house siding. Strong winds, rain and snow can all wreak havoc on a fence so be sure yours is still standing strong. If it's looking a little faded, or the paint is starting to peel, give it another stain or coat of paint as required.
  12. Hot water heater: Drain hot water heater. Remove sediment from the bottom of the tank.

  13. Fireplace: Clean fireplace of ashes. Check chimney for loose or missing mortar. Have chimney professionally cleaned. Make sure damper closes tightly. Leave damper open for improved ventilation if the home is not air-conditioned.

  14. Termites & Pests: If you see any type of termite evidence, call a professional. If you find rodent feces, set traps. If you are brave, knock down paper wasp nests with a long pole or most home improvement stores have wasp spray that shoots up to 20 feet.

  15. Grills & Smokers: Did somebody say BBQ? One of the most popular spring and summer pastimes is barbecuing, so don't let old man winter spoil your party with clogged burners or a filthy grill. Clean that puppy up and make sure it's ready to provide you and your guests with some tasty meals this summer.

Preventative maintenance is cheaper that putting it off and then having to pay for large repairs. Home repair bills due to lack of maintenance are often very expensive.

Don't have time to maintain your home? Summit's Home Care Maintenance department will professionally maintain your entire home freeing you for other things you’d rather be doing.
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