spring home maintenance checklist

  • Clean and test smoke alarms. 
  • Test and reset ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) breakers. 
  • Change or clean the furnace ñlter. 
  • Operate the air­conditioning system; if service is needed it is more conveniently arranged before the busiest part ofthe season arrives. 
  • Adjust registers and confirm that registers and cold-air returns are clear of furniture or draperies. 
  • Make certain the air-conditioner compressor is level and clear of debris. 
  • Tum the humidiñer off. 
  • Pour water down the basement floor drain. As drain Water evaporates, sewer odors can seep into the house. 
  • Drain sediment from the bottom of the Water heater per manufacturefs instructions. 
  • Inspect grout around tile (floor or wall) and touch up. 
  • Wash windows and screens, clean weep holes, and lubricate tracks. 
  • Check caulking, inside and out, and touch up. 
  • Check garage overhead door, tighten bolts as needed, and lubricate springs with motor oil, Have other repairs done by professionals. 
  • Start and adjust sprinkler system. 
  • Test exterior faucets for broken pipes. 
  • Clean gutters and conñrm that downspouîs or splash blocks drain away from the house. 
  • Look for settling of backñll and in where needed. 
  • Check exterior paint and stain surfaces (especially stained doors) and refînish as needed. 
  • Plan your first barbecue.

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