Maintenance

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WINTER MAINTENANCE TIPS:

      • Remove screens from windows and install storm windows
      • Clean out gutters and downspouts
      • Insulate pipes in your home’s crawl spaces and attic
      • Store firewood at least 30 feet away from your home
      • Familiarize responsible family members with the gas main valve and other appliance valves
      • Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper and space under the dryer
      • Make sure all electrical holiday decorations have tight connections
      • Check the attic for adequate ventilation
      • Clean the kitchen exhaust hood and air filter
      • Check the water hoses on the clothes washer, refrigerator icemaker and dishwasher for cracks and bubbles
      • Test all ground-fault-circuit-interrupter (GFCI) outlets

SPRING MAINTENANCE TIPS

      • Replace your furnace filter
      • Clean the kitchen exhaust hood and air filter
      • Check your electrical system
      • Always have a multi-purpose fire extinguisher accessible.
      • Make sure the light bulbs in all your fixtures are the correct wattage
      • Review your fire escape plan with your family
      • Consider installing a lightning protection system on your home
      • Protect all your electrical appliances from power surges and lightning
      • Have a professional air conditioning contractor inspect and maintain your system as recommended by the manufacturer
      • Check for damage to your roof
      • Run through a severe-weather drill with your family
      • Repair all cracked, broken or uneven driveways and walks to help provide a level walking surface
      • Protect your home from sewer or drain back-up losses
      • Check all the fascia and trim for deterioration
      • Check your water heater
      • Check the shutoff valve at each plumbing fixture to make sure they function
      • Clean clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper, and space under the dryer
      • Replace all extension cords that have become brittle, worn or damaged
      • Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

SUMMER MAINTENANCE TIPS

      • Check all recreational equipment and review outdoor safety tips
      • Check your wood deck or concrete patio for possible deterioration
      • Make sure there are working nightlights at the top and bottom of all stairs
      • Check exterior siding
      • Check all window and door locks for proper operation
      • Have your roof inspected for potential leaks once every few years
      • Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
      • Check your home for water leaks
      • Check the water hoses on the clothes washer, refrigerator icemaker and dishwasher for cracks and bubbles
      • Check your water heater
      • Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper and space under the dryer
      • Socialize your dog to help reduce potential dog bites

FALL MAINTENANCE TIPS

    • Check all window and door locks for proper operation
    • Check your home for water leaks
    • Review your fire escape plan with your family
    • Make sure there are working nightlights at the top and bottom of all stairs
    • Have a heating professional check your heating system every year
    • Protect your home from frozen pipes
    • Replace your furnace filter
    • Run all gas-powered lawn equipment until the fuel is gone
    • Test your emergency generator
    • Have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean the flues and check your fireplace damper
    • Remove bird nests from chimney flues and outdoor electrical fixtures
    • Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
    • Make sure the caulking around doors and windows is adequate to reduce heat/cooling loss
    • Make sure that the caulking around your bathroom fixtures is adequate to prevent water from seeping into the sub-flooring