NC) It’s been a challenging winter for everyone, and we’re all looking forward to warmer, brighter days. But while our homes have provided a safe sanctuary over the last several months, they’ve no doubt taken a hit from the elements as they do every winter.
Months of wind, snow and ice take a toll which, if not addressed by regular maintenance, can have lasting negative effects on both the exterior and interior.
If you own a newly built home, seasonal maintenance is especially important because it helps protect your warranty. Newly constructed homes in Ontario come with a builder’s warranty that lasts up to seven years from the date of possession. However, if you neglect to do the regular maintenance your home needs, any resulting damage may not be covered and could put your warranty rights in jeopardy.
To help you kickstart your spring maintenance, the following is a handy month-by-month checklist:
- Clean the furnace filter (or replace if necessary), heat recovery ventilator and humidifier.
- Test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and replace the batteries if necessary.
- Check and reset the ground fault circuit interrupter once a month.
- Check the attic for roof leaks, water damage or insulation issues.
- Check the sump pump (if applicable).
- Remove snow and ice from the roof overhang and vents to prevent ice damming and water damage.
- Check eavestroughs and downspouts for damage or blockage.
- Inspect the basement or crawlspaces for leaks.
- Check the roof for loose or cracked shingles.
- Check driveways and walks for frost damage.
- Check your water heater for leaks.
- Turn on the exterior water supply.
- Plan landscaping in a way that will avoid soil settlement and water collecting near your home’s foundation.
- Inspect fences for weather-related or other damage.
- Check caulking for air and water leaks.
- Lubricate weather-stripping.
- Check exterior finishes for wear that requires attention.
- Check that windows and screens are operating properly.
- Check the septic system (if applicable).
Find more seasonal maintenance tips and warranty information online at tarion.com.