Home Maintenance Checklist
Year/Date: ROOFS: Water is the worst enemy of your home.
a. Check all flashings, roof penetrations and transitions (chimneys , vents, etc.) for signs of leaks.
b. Look for damaged, loose or missing shingles. Repair or replace as needed.
c. Check gutters and downspouts for blockage, holes, alignment, slope, etc; clean, repair and replace as needed.
d. Be sure downspouts direct water away from foundation.
e. Cut back tree limbs at least 2 feet away from roof. Wind may cause branches to rub and wear a hole in the roof.
f. Check chimneys for nests and blockage. Blocked chimneys can cause Carbon Monoxide to back up into the house. Check for cracked and damaged chimney caps, loose and missing mortar and/ or caulk.
g. If ice dams are common in your area, consider heat tape in the gutters and at the gutter edge of your roof. EXTERIOR: Improper grading around your foundation is the number one cause of foundation failure.
a. Maintain proper slope of earth, walks and drives away from foundation walls. 1/2″ per foot for 10′ or to the lot line. (Or expect wet basements and costly foundation repairs.)
b. Check foundation walls, steps, retaining walls, walks, patios, , etc., for cracks, missing mortar and damage. driveways
c. Check window wells and drains for blockage. Window wells are one of the most common sources for wet basements.
d. Check painted or stained surfaces (fascia, soffits, siding, trim, etc.) for wear, rot, etc. Maintain as needed.
e. Cut back and trim shrubbery against front, back and sidewalls. Keep vegetation 4′ – 5′ away from foundation walls.
f. Check weather stripping and caulking around doors and windows to prevent air and weather penetration problems.
g. Check for rot around doors, windows, corner boards, and joints. Repair or replace as needed.
h. Check glazing compound around windows. Leave a little paint or sealant on the glass to retard moisture infiltration. GARAGE
a. Duplicate the checklist for the house
b. Test the overhead door operator safety mechanism. CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING UNITS
a. Turn off the power to the compressor when you enter the heating season. Field mice tend to chew exposed wiring.
b. Turn the power back on 24 hours prior to operating the system to prevent damage to the compressor.
c. Do not cover the compressor with a tarp or plastic. Trapped condensation will accelerate rusting.
d. Use a cable tie on the exterior disconnect to prevent inquisitive children from gaining access to high voltage wiring. INTERIOR FOUNDATION WALLS
a. Check basement (crawlsapces too) walls and floor for dampness, seepage and leaking after wet weather.
b. Check your palmer valve or sump pump. (If applicable)
c. Check walls for cracks. If cracks exist, document crack size & location to determine future wall movement. PLUMBING: For preventive maintenance.
a. Check main supply valves for leaks, corrosion and ease of operation.
b. Check isolation valves, faucets & hose bibbs for leaks and corrosion.
c. Shut off interior and open exterior hose bibb valves in the fall.
d. Check your toilet for movement. Lie on it while tightening. Fill your tub before caulking it.
e. Flush water heaters twice per year or per manufacturer’s recommendation. ELECTRICAL: For safety, always touch panels with the back of your right hand prior to opening.
a. Know the location of the main power disconnect in the electrical panel box. Never over fuse.
b. Mark and label all circuits in the main and sub panels.
c. Check appliance cords, extension cords and outlet plugs. Replace all worn cords and outlets immediately.
d. If fuses blow or breakers trip frequently, have a licensed electrician determine cause.
e. If you feel a tingling or shock from any electrical tool or appliance, have it repaired immediatley.
f. If lights flicker or dim unnecessarily, call a licensed electrician. HEATING & COOLING: (The arrow on the filter points towards the furnace or A/C motor)
a. Change or clean furnace and air conditioning filters monthly or per manufacturers recommendation.
b. Schedule a clean/ service/ safety check up every fall.
c. On steam systems, “blow off” or drain low water cut-off per manufacturer’s recommendation.
d. Check the electric shut off switch prior to requesting a service call if the furnace or A/C suddenly stop working. INTERIOR:
a. Check grout and caulk at bathroom tiles. With tile surrounds, fill tub prior to caulking.
b. Check all windows for ease of operation and signs of moisture damage due to high humidity or leaks from exterior. ATTICS:
a. Check for leaks, water stains, rot and microbial growth around roof penetrations such as chimney & plumbing stack.
b. Repair or replace damaged vent screens to prevent entry of wasps, birds, squirrels, bats, racoons and mischevious rascals.