HOMECARE

  • SEASONAL MAINTENANCE CALENDAR

  • MONTHLY,
    SEMI‐ANNUAL
    & ANNUAL
    MAINTENANCE

  • HOME OWNER
    MAINTENANCE
    INSPECTIONS
    CHECKLIST

  • NEW HOME
    INSTALLATIONS
    & MAINTENANCE
    PROCEDURES INSIDE

  • NEW HOME
    INSTALLATIONS
    & MAINTENANCE
    PROCEDURES OUTSIDE

MONTHLY, SEMI‐ANNUAL & ANNUAL MAINTENANCE

MONTHLY, SEMI‐ANNUAL & ANNUAL MAINTENANCE

This general schedule identifies some of the more common maintenance tasks that may be performedon a monthly, semi‐annually or yearly basis. Adjust this schedule to fit your own home and situation byadding or deleting maintenance items as needed.

As a homeowner, you have maintenance responsibilities for your new home and for the warranty. Establishing a maintenance schedule is a good way to manage your maintenance activities and maintenance budget.

This suggested maintenance list and schedule should not replace the manufacturer’s recommendations.

It is strongly suggested homeowners make use of licensed contractors for any maintenance items theyfeel unqualified or uncomfortable to perform. When in doubt, it is always best to consult a reputable contractor.

  • Smoke Detectors ‐ Check operation by pushing test button to cause it to emit sound ‐ if it does not check the circuit breaker. Check and replace the battery when necessary. (Most detectors will emit an intermittent beep when the battery is failing).
  • Check CO (Carbon Monoxide) detectors if installed.
  • Check the fire extinguishers for proper charge levels indicated on the gauge. Homeowners may contact their local Fire Department for recommendations on the appropriate number of extinguishers and the best locations to place them.
  • Test all GFCIs to ensure proper operation.
  • Clean in‐sink garburator blades by grinding small ice cubes while running cold water down the drain (this will remove food debris which causes odors).
  • Clean or replace range hood filter and make sure it exhausts properly.
  • Check for signs of water leaks around toilets, under sinks and around dishwasher regularly.
  • Clean and freshen sink drains by flushing with a diluted bleach and water mix, or with warm water and baking soda.
  • Inspect and clean or replace furnace filters, humidifier plates or drums and electric air filters. Clean with calcium and rust remover or replace as required per the manufacturer’s recommendation.
  • Clean aerators on faucets regularly and check screens in washing machine supply hoses.
  • Check water filters and water softener appliances regularly. The life of the filters is dependent upon water usage and local water conditions.
  • Clean your dryer lint trap regularly, if your home has a booster fan installed be sure to check and clean the lint trap in that as well. Damaged or torn lint traps should be replaced.
  • Check the Temperature Pressure Release (TPR) valve on the water heater. The hot water tank should also be drained every six months to prevent sediment build up. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendation to turn off gas or power and protect against hot water burns.
  • Inspect the roof and chimney (if brick) for broken or missing tiles or shingles, to identifyanything that might cause leaks or problems.
  • Inspect and clean gutters, down‐pipes and down spouts.
  • Inspect the outside of the home for the condition of siding, paint, masonry, stucco or othercladding and wood trim.
  • Inspect and operate doors and windows to ensure proper operation, security and weatherresistance.
  • Check all the caulking in your home around sinks, tubs, showers and toilets to ensure it is ingood condition and there are no leaks, gaps, seepage or mildew.
  • Check under all the sinks and other water fed appliances to ensure there are no drips or signs of leaks.
  • Inspect all windows and doors and masonry to ensure the weep holes are clear.
  • Clean tracks of windows and sliding glass doors before applying silicone spray lubricant.
  • Inspect the foundation, basement or crawl space for abnormal conditions or cracks.
  • Inspect the main electrical panel, circuit breakers and all GFCI outlets and breakers.
  • Perform complete seasonal maintenance on the heating system.
  • Examine caulking around windows and doors and repair or renew as necessary.
  • Inspect condition of concrete slabs and patios for cracks and spalling.
  • Check condition of septic tank and leech field. Ensure toilets flush properly and there are no odors in the area of the tank of field.
  • Check all interior and exterior wood trim and touch‐up or repair as necessary.
  • Have annual heating system/furnace and hot water tank maintenance performed by a licensed contractor (this is to ensure proper calibration and safety ‐ especially in the case of gas furnace and hot water tank).
  • Schedule professional inspection of all major appliances particularly if gas fueled (as above ‐ furnace, hot water tank, gas ranges or cook tops etc.).
  • Inspect paint finishes inside and outside the home – clean or repair and repaint as required.
  • Have fireplace chimney or vents inspected and cleaned by a professional cleaner.