Home Maintenance Checklist

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HomeMaintenance Checklist

Prevent tomorrow’s problems with ourmonth-by-month chart of tasks for your home.

MONTHLY
• Fire Extinguisher: Checkthat it’s fully charged; recharge or replace if needed.
• Sink/Tub Stoppers and DrainHoles:Clean out debris.
• Garbage Disposal: Flushwith hot water and baking soda.
• Water Softener: Checkwater softener salt drum and replinish salt if necessary.
• Forced-Air Heating System: Changefilters once a month if user’s manual recommends fiberglass filters.

EVERY 2 MONTHS
• Wall Furnace: Cleangrills.
• Range Hood: Cleangrease filter.

EVERY 3 MONTHS
• Faucet: Cleanaerator.
• Tub Drain Assembly: Cleanout debris; inspect rubber seal and replace if needed.
• Floor and Outdoor DrainGrates: Clean out debris.

EVERY 6 MONTHS
• Smoke Detector: Testbatteries and replace if needed.
• Toilet: Checkfor leaks and water run-on.
• Interior Caulking: Inspectcaulking around tubs, showers, and sinks; replace any if it is deteriorating.
• Forced-Air Heating System: Changesemi-annually if user’s mannual recommends high efficiency pleated orHEPA-style filters.
• Garbage Disposal: Tightendrain connections and fasteners.
• Clothes Washer: Cleanwater inlet filters; check hoses and replace them if they are leaking.
• Clothes Dryer: Vacuumlint from ducts and surrounding areas.
• Wiring: Checkfor frayed cords and wires; repair or replace them as needed.
• Range Hood: Washfan blades and housing.

EVERY SPRING
• Roof: Inspectroof surface, flashing, eaves, and soffits; repair if needed.
• Gutters and Downspouts: Cleanthem out or install no-clean version. Inspect and repair weak areas; check forproper drainage and make repairs if needed.
• Siding: Inspectand clean siding and repair if needed.
• Exterior Caulking: Inspectcaulking and replace any that is deteriorating.
• Windowsills, Doorsills,Thresholds: Fill cracks, caulk edges, repaint; replace if needed.
• Window and Door Screens: Cleanscreening and repair or replace if needed; tighten or repair any loose ordamaged frames and repaint if needed; replace broken, worn, or missinghardware; tighten and lubricate door hinges and closers.

EVERY FALL
• Roof: Inspectroof surface, flashing, eaves, and soffits; repair if needed.
• Gutters and Downspouts: Cleanout. Inspect and repair weak points; check for proper slope.
• Chimney or Stovepipe: Cleanflue (more frequently if needed); repair any cracks in flue or any loose orcrumbling mortar.
• Siding: Inspectand clean siding and repair if needed.
• Exterior Caulking: Inspectcaulking and replace any that is deteriorating.
• Storm Windows and Doors: Replaceany cracked or broken glass; tighten or repair any loose or damaged frames andrepaint if needed. Replace damaged hardware; tighten and lubricate door hingesand closers.
• Window and Door WeatherStripping: Inspect and repair or replace if it is deteriorating or ifit does not seal.
• Thermostat: Cleanheat sensor, contact points, and contacts; check accuracy and replacethermostat if it is not functioning properly.
• Outdoor Faucets: Ifyou live in an area with freezing winters, shut off valves to outdoor faucets.Open spigots and drain, store hoses.

ANNUALLY
• Septic Tank: Havea professional check the tank (watch for backup throughout the year). In manyareas, it is recommended that the tank be pumped every year.
• Main Cleanout Drain: Havea “rooter” professional clean out the main line, particularly ifthere are mature trees in your yard whose roots could have cracked the pipe intheir search for moisture.
• Water Heater: Drainwater until it is clear of sediment; test temperature pressure relief valve;clean burner and ports (gas heater).
• HVAC System: Havea professional tune up your heat/air conditioning system.

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