Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

 

A winter home maintenance checklist is (mostly) about the interior of your home. We know all you want to do is cozy up and hibernate, but the colder temperatures can be harsh on your house and cause a number of problems. Before sipping on some cocoa, take some time to go through this checklist for winterizing a home.

Vacuum out air registers to remove dust and debris.  

Clean your refrigerator coils. – Your fridge’s owner’s manual, or the manufacturers website, should detail how to do this. Make sure you unplug the appliance before you begin. Vacuuming the coils will save you money on energy costs, since dirt interferes with your refrigerator’s cooling ability.

Flush out the water heater  – Test the temperature pressure relief valve, remove sediment that has built up, and test the settings on your water heater. Learn how to set your water heater temperature.

Check the caulking around showers and bathtubs. – Replace cracked or peeling caulk. This will prevent water damage and preserve your home.

Check your home’s crawl space – Look for water damage, animals, or other objects that shouldn’t be there. If you find damage, contact us for help!

Change furnace filters

Schedule a service call to have your air conditioning checked, or check it yourself. – Cover your air conditioning unit, and schedule a day to check on it again before the first hot day of summer. you should ensure that your air conditioner is in good condition and isn’t sucking away energy. You may be tempted to skip out, so schedule an appointment or a time to look at it in advance.

Test detectors and replace batteries. – Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors quarterly, and replace the batteries in all of your detectors. While you’re at it, swap out the batteries of your flashlights too!

Check basement conditions — Clean your basement dehumidifier, and search for leaks or other damp conditions.

Maintain yard and exterior – Shovel snow, and remove leaves from gutters, drain pipes, and basement window wells. Knock down any icicles that form. Not only are they a danger to people underneath them, but they can also cause water damage to your foundation as they melt.

Prevent frozen pipes— Drain sprinkler systems and disconnect your garden hose. If traveling, consider setting your faucets to run at a drip, and keep your thermostat to 55°F or above.

Vacuum bathroom exhaust fan grill.

Clean drains in sinks, tubs, showers, and dishwashers.

Clean kitchen exhaust hood and filter

Clean dryer vent

Check sinks and toilets for leaks

Inspect hoses on washing machine, dishwasher, and ice maker for leaks

Test your electricity – Be very, very careful, and pull in an expert if you need help. On your own, however, you can check to see that all your outlets work – including your GFCI outlets – and change your lightbulbs.

Bonus Items:

  • Tighten any handles, knobs, racks, etc. Go through the house and inspect anything that could have a loose screw.
  • Check all locks and deadbolts on your doors and windows. If anything doesn’t work right, replace.
  • Remove showerheads and clean sediment. This prolongs its life and helps with water pressure as well.
  • Change direction of ceiling fans

 

For a more thorough home care evaluation, contact us today!

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