Winter Home Maintenance Schedule

The winter season brings many things to look forward to, from spending time with family during the holidays to enjoying winter sports activities in the great outdoors of Southern Utah. With the colder temperatures comes the need for a few maintenance activities to help keep your home running at its best. Make sure to set aside some time to take care of these winter home maintenance items to ensure your winter and holiday season aren’t ruined by a home disaster. Check and clean or replace furnace air filters each month during the heating season. With a ventilation system, such as heat recovery ventilator, filters should be checked every two months. After consulting your water heater owner’s manual, drain off a dishpan full of water from the clean-out valve at the bottom of water heater to control sediment and maintain efficiency. Clean humidifier two or three times during the winter season. Vacuum bathroom fan grille. Vacuum fire and smoke detectors, as dust or spider webs can prevent them from functioning properly. Vacuum radiator grilles on back of refrigerators and freezers, and empty and clean drip trays. Check the gauge on all fire extinguishers; recharge or replace if necessary. Check fire escape routes, including door and window locks and hardware; ensure you have adequate lighting in these areas. Check the basement floor drain to ensure the trap contains water. Refill with water if necessary. Monitor your home for excessive moisture levels and take corrective action where necessary. One thing to watch for is condensation on your windows – this can cause significant damage over time and pose serious health problems. Check...

Summer Home Maintenance Schedule

  With all the fun activities going on in the summer, it can be easy to forget about the home maintenance activities that need to take place as well. Some of these activities can actually be done during other times of the year while other activities are best suited for summer (or the temperature and seasonal elements of summer make completing these tasks even more important). Taking some time to do these steps will save you the time of a bigger repair issue later.    Monitor basement humidity and avoid relative humidity levels above 60 percent. Use a dehumidifier to maintain safe humidity if needed. Clean or replace air conditioning filter, and wash or replace ventilation system filters if necessary. Check basement pipes for condensation or dripping, and take corrective action if needed. This may include reducing humidity and/or insulating cold water pipes. Check basement floor drain to ensure the trap contains water. Refill with water if necessary. If you have a plumbing fixture that is not used frequently (i.e. laundry tub or spare bathroom sink, tub, or shower stall) run some water briefly to keep water in the trap. Vacuum bathroom fan grille. Disconnect the duct connected to the dryer, then vacuum lint from the duct, the areas surrounding the clothes dryer, and the dryer’s vent hood. Deep clean carpets and rugs. Check security of all guardrails. Repair any damaged steps that present a safety problem. Check smooth functioning of all windows and lubricate as required. Inspect window putty on outside of glass panes and replace if needed. Lubricate door hinges and tighten screws as needed. Lubricate garage...

Spring Home Maintenance Schedule

The transition from winter to spring is a great time to take care of a few home maintenance items, particularly with your furnace which you will hopefully be turning off soon in exchange for open windows and fresh spring air. We recommend completing the following items during the spring season. Depending on the features of your home, some of these items may not apply. After consulting the owner’s manual for your water heater, carefully test the temperature and check the pressure relief valve to ensure it is not stuck. Caution: This test will release hot water that can cause burns. Check and clean or replace furnace filters each month during the heating season. Ventilation system (i.e. heat recovery ventilator) filters should be checked every two months. Have fireplace or woodstove and chimney cleaned and serviced as needed. Shut down and clean furnace humidifier. Close the furnace humidifier damper on units with central air conditioning. Check air conditioning system and have it serviced every two or three years. Clean or replace air conditioning filter (if applicable). Check dehumidifier and clean if necessary. Turn OFF gas furnace and fireplace pilot lights where possible. Have well water tested for quality. It is recommended that you test for bacteria every six months. Check smoke, carbon monoxide, and security alarms and replace batteries. Clean windows, screens, and hardware, and replace storm windows with screens. Repair or replace screens as needed. Open valve to outside hose connection after all danger of frost has passed. Examine the foundation walls for cracks, leaks, or signs of moisture, and repair as required. Repair and paint fences as necessary....