May/June Home Maintenance

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May & June Home Maintenance

Yes, everyone is busy with their lawns and gardens this time of year, but your home needs a little TLC as well.  Below are twelve things you should check every May/June, and read on for what to do the rest of the year to properly care for your home.

1. Check and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV/ERV). Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.

2. Clear air intakes, exhaust and meters of debris, nests, etc.

3. Check gutters and downspouts, clean if needed.

4. Be sure to check settling after spring thaw.

5. Open outside hose connection.

6. Check and clean central air conditioning system.

7. Check landscaping sprinklers to ensure proper alignment (do not let them soak your siding or foundation).

8. Replace air conditioning or furnace filters monthly or as recommended by the manufacturer.

9. Clean A/C condenser.

10. Inspect pressure and temperature valve on water heater.

11. Maintain proper grades for drainage throughout the property.

12. Inspect roof for damage and make repairs when necessary.

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Here is the entire year for your reference:

“To-Do” Calendar of Home Maintenance

 

January/February

1. Clean or replace furnace filter.

2. Check and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV/ERV). Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.

3. Clean snow from air intakes, exhausts and meters.

4. Clean range hood filter.

5. Remove excess snow from roof to prevent ice dams.

6. Clean and check sump pump and pit.

7. Inspect pressure and temperature valve on water heater, follow manufacturer’s guidelines.

8. Clean faucet aerators, turn on infrequently used faucets and pour water in floor drains to maintain the trap’s water barrier

9. Observe humidity levels and adjust the setting on the humidistat or air exchanger controller, as needed, to eliminate condensation or frost on windows.

March/April

1. Check and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV/ERV). Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.

2. Clean or replace furnace filter.

3. Clean snow from air intakes, exhausts and meters.

4. Remove excess snow from roof to prevent ice dams.

5. Check gutters and downspouts, clean if needed.

6. Inspect basement/crawl space for moisture or leakage.

7. Do safety checks: smoke detectors, fire escape routes, fire extinguisher, carbon monoxide alarms, door and window locks.

8. Check and repair any damaged screens.

9. Adjust thermostat for season change.

10. Observe humidity levels and adjust the setting on the humidistat or air exchanger controller as needed to eliminate condensation or frost on windows.

May/June

1. Check and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV/ERV). Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.

2. Clear air intakes, exhaust and meters of debris, nests, etc.

3. Check gutters and downspouts, clean if needed.

4. Be sure to check settling after spring thaw.

5. Open outside hose connection.

6. Check and clean central air conditioning system.

7. Check landscaping sprinklers to ensure proper alignment (do not let them soak your siding or foundation).

8. Replace air conditioning or furnace filters monthly or as recommended by the manufacturer.

9. Clean A/C condenser.

10. Inspect pressure and temperature valve on water heater.

11. Maintain proper grades for drainage throughout the property.

12. Inspect roof for damage and make repairs when necessary.

July/August

1. Clear air intakes, exhaust and meters of debris, nests, etc.

2. Check gutters and downspouts, clean if needed.

3. Check exterior finishes for moisture damage.

4. Check and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV/ERV). Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.

5. Air out damp basements on dry days or use dehumidifier.

6. Have furnace (heating system) serviced.

7. Check hot water heater for mineral buildup, drain, refill.

8. Check and repair interior caulking and grout on tile in showers and baths.

9. Check and repair all cracked, separated or missing exterior caulking and weather stripping, especially around windows and entry doors. Use ASTM C-920 sealant.

10. Seal coat and repair asphalt driveway as needed.

11. Replace air filters monthly when air conditioning or as recommended by the manufacturer.

12. Clean A/C condenser.

September/October

1. Check fireplace and chimney, service or clean if needed.

2. Clean range hood filter.

3. Check and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV/ERV). Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.

4. Clear air intakes, exhaust and meters of debris, nests, etc.

5. Do safety checks: smoke detectors, fire escape routes, fire extinguisher, carbon monoxide alarms, door and window locks.

6. Check gutters and downspouts, clean if needed.

7. Check roofing, flashing, and repair signs of wear or damage.

8. Check roof vents/soffit vents.

9. Drain and close outside hose connection.

10. Winterize landscaping and blow out irrigation system.

11. Inspect pressure and temperature valve on water heater.

12. Maintain proper grades for drainage throughout the property.

13. Adjust thermostat for season change.

14. Check humidity levels to prevent excessive moisture.

15. Clean dryer vent.

16. Check garage floor for cracks – seal & caulk.

November/December

1. Clean or replace furnace filter.

2. Check and clean mechanical ventilation system (HRV/ERV). Check your manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.

3. Check exhaust fans.

4. Clear air intakes, exhausts and meters of snow, debris, etc.

5. Remove excess snow from roof to prevent ice dams.

6. Check adjustment of door thresholds.

7. Observe humidity levels and adjust the setting on the humidistat or air exchanger controller as needed to eliminate condensation or frost on windows.