Spring is here and that means it’s a great time to do some home maintenance.  Here is a check list to help you get your home ready for the summer:

Outside your home:

  • Clean out and repair gutters and downspouts
  • Disconnect any downspouts connected directly to the weeping tiles
  • Repair driveways, walkways, patio deterioration, and seal cracks
  • Paint or stain exterior trim, fences, and decks as needed
  • Repair damage on the outside of your home, including cracks or storm damage
  • Find and seal any foundation, crawlspace, or basement crack, seepage or leaks
  • Wash and repair holes in window and door screens
  • If you have a masonry chimney, check the joints between the bricks or stones for vegetation growth or mortar deterioration; re-seal if necessary with a water-resistant barrier material available at your local hardware store
  • Make sure air conditioning units are in good working order—change the filter, check hose connections for leaks, and make sure the drain pans are draining freely

Inside your home: 

  •  Inspect the attic for signs of roof leaks, mould, or critters
  •  Arrange for an annual flue cleaning for your chimney
  •  Clean out lint from dryer exhaust ducts
  •  Inspect the washing machine and dishwasher hoses and clean the filters
  •  Consider replacing the hot water tank if it’s over 10 years old
  •  Change batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and test them to be sure they work properly
  •  Check your fire extinguishers to ensure they work and are readily accessible
  •   Inspect sinks, faucets, toilets, showers, tubs and your hot water tank for leaks
  •   Consider replacing old appliance hoses with stainless steel braided hoses

Check the following on your HVAC unit: 

  •  Air filters
  •  Furnace inspection
  •  Prepare your air conditioner

Sump pump check-list: 

  • If you already have one, make sure it runs effectively. You might wish to have a back-up sump pump in case the first one fails during heavy rains
  • Check the float of your sump pit to ensure it’s clean and moving freely by slowly pouring water into the sump tank
  • Check that the battery of your sump pump is in good condition by running the sump pump a second time with the power off

Other things you can check:

  • Check the roof for lost, curled, cracked, or damaged shingles.
  • Check the foundation for any signs of damage or cracks.
  • Keep an eye out for signs of water damage inside your home including stained ceilings, damp area in the basement, and cracks in concrete floors.