Every season there are home maintenance and safety items that should be attended to to ensure that a home will not incur damages over time. Because of busy schedules or sometimes because they are unsure of what tasks to accomplish along the way, many homeowners skip over these basic home maintenance necessities.
Simply knowing these small tasks can ensure that your home will function better in the end. Seasonal home maintenance will also ensure that you have less overhaul or major expense repairs than homeowners who do not know small season maintenance. These small maintenance items can also protect your home from fire, flooding, or other damages brought on by neglect.
To avoid being overwhelmed at the task of home maintenance, it is best to separate these tasks into seasonal chores. For those who reside in an area where there are four definite seasons, it is best to follow a logical task schedule that deals with necessary maintenance for the various seasons.
Set up a schedule of cleaning and maintenance tasks for each season if possible. Endeavor to maintain that schedule throughout the years. This will ensure that the tasks are not forgotten from one year to the next.
Tasks that should be accomplished at the onset of every winter are those that guarantee your home will be protected from the cold or the damp weather. Even for those who inhabit a warmer climate zone, the winter month generates more rain and chilly weather, so ensuring the home is safe from cold and damp is optimal bet for the winter.
Winter tasks should include:
* Removing screen windows and doors and replacing with storm shutters
* Checking insulation of pipes in attics, basements and crawl spaces and installing extra insulation if necessary
* Storing firewood in a covered dry area near the home for easy access
* Checking and cleaning the clothes dryer and kitchen exhaust systems and cleaning the clothes dryer duct space
* Checking attic for proper ventilation for smooth operation of the furnace
* Checking all the water hoses connecting to appliances, hot water heater and water softener making sure there are no cracks or air bubbles. If necessary, repair.
While Winter precipitated the cold, the Spring gives rise to the cleaning season. It also induces a peak in Spring lightning and thunderstorms, so routine maintenance should include steps to prevent electrical damage.
Start with Spring tasks, including:
* Checking all the homes electrical systems
* Testing all the ground fault receptacles
* Making certain all power surge protectors remain in position on the appliances
* Inspecting and replacing smoke detectors
* Replacing or repairing any extension cords used in the home that may be damaged or becoming worn
* Replacing the much used furnace filter from the winter
* Checking the roof for possible damages that may not have been noticed in the wintertime to avoid spring rain leaks
* Seeing to it all gutters are cleaned plus all outdoor drainage systems are working properly
While you can venture out and about and enjoy the outdoors during the summertime, it is best to focus summer maintenance on outdoor tasks.
These tasks may include:
* Cleaning and repairing all outdoor power tools, like the hedge, weedeater, or lawnmower trimmer
* Checking the patio and deck for possible deterioration and fixing and performing any necessary repairs
If it was not already done in the Spring, be sure and inspect the roof for possible damage and water leaks
* Checking the siding, brick and cement areas on the home for shifting in the foundation or cracks or breakages in the siding or brick
*Taking the time to seal the cracks in the garage floor and driveway
Autumn is a good time to ensure preparations for the oncoming Winter before it is too late, so focus maintenance on things to keep the home warm and safe.
These tasks can include:
* Having a professional inspection on the entire heating unit, especially the furnaceIf necessary, replace the furnace filter
* Re-examine the home for potential water leaks in the roof, basement, and even the appliances for example, the dishwasher, refrigerator, or washer
* Examine and replace any caulking that has begun to erode in the doorways, windowsills as well as in the bathrooms to avoid winter leaks
Outdoor maintenance that should be performed before it starts to get too chilly outside:
* Empty out the gasoline and clean the outdoor power tools before placing in storage for the winter
* Seeing to it the generator operates in case of winter power failure
* Have a professional chimney inspection and cleaning of the chimney flue. Have repairs done before the winter or before using.
These tips will help ensure the safety of your home, your property , and your family. The list may seem overwhelming, but just tackle the tasks one by one.