Home Maintenance Checklist

Home Maintenance Checklist
Home Maintenance Checklist Maintenance Task Date Completed Air Conditioning System: Closely monitor your air conditioning system and have it serviced every two or three years. Clean or replace the filters at least once a month. Check indoor and outdoor air vents frequently to make sure they are not blocked by snow or debris. Attic: Examine attic for frost accumulation during the winter. Check roof for ice build up and icicles. lf there is no ridge vent, keep gable vents open year-­‐round to ensure proper ventilation. Basement: Check basement pipes for condensation or leaking. If found, fix immediately. Check the basement floor drain to ensure the trap contains water. Refill with water if necessary. Bathrooms: Vacuum bathroom fan grilles at least once a month. Culverts: Clear all drainage ditches and culverts of debris. Deck: Check any exterior steps or decks to make sure they are still level. They may have moved due to frost or settling during the winter. Inspect wood decks, steps and rails for loose or damaged boards and nails. Doors: Ensure all doors to the outside shut tightly, and check other doors for ease of use. Renew door weather-­‐stripping if required. Downspouts: Check eaves troughs and downspouts for loose joints and secure attachment to your home, clear any blockages and ensure redirected water flows away from the foundation of your home. Driveway: Inspect driveway and walkway for cracks and damages. Repair as needed. Dryer: Vacuum lint from inside the duct, the areas surrounding your clothes dryer and your dryer's exterior vent hood. Electrical Wiring: Check electrical cords, plugs and outlets for all indoor and outdoor lights to ensure fire safety. If worn, or plugs or cords feel warm to the touch, replace immediately. Inspect lines for secure attachment where they enter your house and make sure there is no water leakage along the electrical conduit. Make sure electrical outlets are equipped with safety plugs. Escape Route: Check the details of your fire escape route. Ensure that the door and window locks, hardware and lighting around outside of house are working properly. Make sure your family has good security habits and conduct safety drills frequently. Exterior Cladding: Seal off any holes in exterior cladding. This could be an entry point for small pests, such as bats, squirrels and rodents. Fences: Check perimeter fences for signs of weathering or structural damage. Repair as necessary. Fire Extinguishers: Check gauge on all fire extinguishers. Recharge or replace if necessary. Fireplace: Check the chimney for loose or missing mortar. Have the chimney professionally cleaned annually. Make sure the damper closes tightly. Check chimneys for any blockage, such as nests. Check the security of the chimney cap and the caulking between the cap and the chimney. Leave the damper open for improved ventilation if the home is not air-­‐conditioned. Foliage: Remove any plants or trim trees and roots that contact or penetrate the siding or brick. Foundation: Examine the foundation walls for cracks, leaks, damage or signs of moisture and repair as required. Test the ground fault circuit interrupters monthly by pushing the test button. This should then cause the reset button to pop up. UPC Insurance Home Maintenance Checklist Home Maintenance Checklist Cont. Date Completed Maintenance Task Garage Door: Lubricate garage door hardware and ensure it is operating properly. Garbage Disposal: Grind ice cubes to clean garbage disposal weekly. Then flush clean with hot water and baking soda. Gutters: Clean the gutters and drain pipes to prevent leaves from building up. Hoses: In cold-­‐climate areas, drain outside faucets before the winter season. Open valve to outside hose connection after all danger of frost has passed. Hot Water Heater: After consulting your hot water tank owner's manual, drain off a dishpan full of water from the clean-­‐out valve at the bottom of your hot water tank to control sediment and maintain efficiency. Lubricate circulating pump on hot water heating systems. Humidity: Monitor your home for excessive moisture levels. For example, condensation on the windows can cause significant damage over time and pose serious health problems. Clean humidifier two or three times during the winter season. Plumbing Fixtures: Check all faucets for signs of dripping and change washers as needed. Faucets requiring frequent replacement of washers may be in need of repair. Clean drains in dishwasher, sinks, bathtubs and shower stalls. Test plumbing shut-­‐off valves to ensure they are working and to prevent them from seizing. If you have a plumbing fixture that is not used frequently, such as a laundry tub or spare bathroom sink, or tub, run some water briefly to keep water in the trap. Check for leaky faucets in the kitchen and bathrooms. Replace washers as necessary. Frequently clean faucet aerators and shower heads. Radiator: Bleed air from hot water radiators as needed to prevent pressure build up. Range: Check and clean range hood and filters on a monthly basis. Refrigerator: Make sure your refrigerator door seals are airtight. Test them by closing the door over a small piece of paper. lf you can pull the paper out easily, the latch may need to be adjusted or the seal may need to be replaced. If you have a coil-­‐back refrigerator, vacuum the coils at least twice each year to maintain efficiency. Tip: A full refrigerator is more efficient than an empty one. Roof: Check the roof and around vents, skylights and chimneys for leaks. Repair as necessary. Note any sagging on the roof that could indicate structural problems requiring further investigation from inside the attic. Monitor the condition of all shingles for possible repair or replacement, and examine all roof flashings, such as at chimney and roof joints, for any signs of cracking or leakage. Safety Alarms: Check smoke, carbon monoxide and security alarms, replace batteries and clean them monthly to ensure they are working properly. Septic Tank: If you have a septic tank , measure the sludge to determine if the tank needs to be emptied before the spring. Tanks should be pumped out at least once every three years. Siding and Paint: Look for cracks and holes in house siding or paint. Replace caulking if necessary. Sump Pump: Ensure sump pump is operating properly before the spring thaw sets in. Weather-­‐Stripping: Check and replace damaged caulking and weather-­‐stripping around windows and doorways, including the doorway between the garage and the house. Windows and Doors: lf 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. Windows: Check the smooth functioning of all windows and lubricate as required. Inspect window putty on outside glass panes and replace if needed. Regularly seal drafty doors and windows to increase efficiency. UPC Insurance Home Maintenance Checklist 
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