Year-round maintenance improves your experience of homeownership. Here are the most important pieces of seasonal maintenance you should do every year.
Spring & Autumn Maintenance Tips
Have Your HVAC Professionally Inspected
A professional inspection can keep your HVAC in good shape for high-use seasons.
Inspect Your Roof
Inspect your roof for missing or damaged shingles and flashing. Missing or damaged shingles and flashing can causes leaks.
Inspect Your Foundation
Look for cracks, water stains, and leaks. Seal cracks with an appropriate waterproof caulk.
Check your grout and caulk
Regrout or re-caulk your tubs, sinks, and toilets if you notice cracking or flaking.
Check Sprinkler Heads for Damage
Repair as necessary. Make sure sprinkler heads are pointing away from your home’s foundation.
Summer Maintenance Tips
Drain Your Water Heater
Draining your water heater helps remove sediment, which can help your water heater perform better and reduce the likelihood of breakdowns.
Keep Your HVAC Unit Free of Debris
Turn off your A/C at the breaker. Remove any leaves from inside the unit. Then using a standard garden hose, spray down the fins (sides) to remove dirt and grime.
Check Your Septic Tank
Have a professional check your septic tank once a year to avoid costly failures. Signs of failure may include overly lush grass, consistent dampness, and foul odors.
Inspect Exterior Siding & Trim
Look for any damage. Touch up with paint as needed.
Prune Trees & Shrubs
This is especially important if they overhang your roof or are near downspouts.
Inspect Attic for Pests
If necessary, consult a professional about removal.
Inspect Cabinets & Countertops
Inspect cabinets and countertops for damage. Clean, tighten hardware, re-caulk or refinish as needed.
Clean Your Dryer Vent
Clean on the inside and outside. This is different from your lint trap!
Clean the Refrigerator’s Condenser Coils
Cleaning condenser coils helps the refrigerator perform more efficiently and reduces the likelihood of overheating.
Winter Maintenance Tips
Insulate Exposed Water Pipes
Water pipes in your garage, basement, crawl space, or under cabinets may require insulation.
Let Faucets Drip in Extreme Cold
Allowing faucets to drip can help prevent water pipes from freezing in extremely cold temperatures.
Change Batteries in Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detector
Don’t take any chances. Change these batteries every year.
Test Sump Pump
Pour a few gallons of water into the sump pit to make sure the pump turns on. If it doesn’t kick on, it’s time to replace it.
Cover Your Air Conditioner
Falling ice, branches, and other debris can damage your outdoor A/C unit. Waterproof A/C covers can help, but make sure no small animals take shelter inside the unit under the cover. Consider weighing your cover down or placing a large piece of plywood on top of the unit to protect it from the elements.