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PREVENTITIVE MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

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INSIDE

Take care of household appliances (stove, refrigerator, washer, dryer), and major heating, electrical and
plumbing systems, so they continue to provide you with quality services. Follow Manufacturer’s guides for
regular service and maintenance, and report problems immediately, while they are small.

OUTSIDE

Pay close attention to the outside of your house and watch for roof and gutter problems. Slow wear and
tear can lead to serious, expensive problems. For example, a small roof leak that is not repaired can
cause ceiling beams to warp. That could lead to cracked ceilings and inner wall damage, and that could
lead to cracked ceilings and inner wall damage, and that could lead to BIG PROBLEMS.

The following is a list of items we have provided to help you maintain your new home. The list below is not limited to everything needed to maintain your home just a helpful guide line. Of course as problems are identified it is recommended that they be corrected or fixed by the appropriate qualified contractor.

MONTHLY

SINK/TUB STOPPERS AND DRAIN HOLES:
Clean out debris.

GARBAGE DISPOSAL:
Flush with hot water and baking soda. Note: Lemon and Lime peels will remove that stinky order.

FORCED-AIR HEATING SYSTEM:
Change filters once a month if user’s manual recommends fiberglass filters.

EXTINGUISHER:
Check that it’s fully charged; recharge or replace if needed. If one in not installed recommend
purchasing one for your home.

EVERY 2 MONTHS

WALL/CEILING REGISTERS:
Clean grills.

RANGE HOOD:
Clean grease filter.

EVERY 3 MONTHS

FAUCET:
Clean aerator.

TUB DRAIN ASSEMBLY:
Clean out debris; inspect rubber seal and replace if needed.

FLOOR AND OUTDOOR DRAIN GRATES:
Clean out debris

EVERY 6 MONTHS

SMOKE DETECTOR:
Test batteries and replace if needed.

TOILET:
Check for leaks and water run-on.

INTERIOR CAULKING:
Inspect caulking around tubs, showers, and sinks; replace any if it is deteriorating.
All joints in ceramic tile, laminated plastic, and similar surfaces.

FORCED-AIR HEATING SYSTEM:
Change semi-annually if user’s manual recommends high efficiency pleated or HEPA-style filters.

GARBAGE DISPOSAL:
Tighten drain connections and fasteners.

CLOTHES WASHER:
Clean water inlet filters; check hoses and replace them if they are leaking.

CLOTHES DRYER:
Vacuum lint from ducts and surrounding areas.

WIRING:
Check for frayed cords and wires; repair or replace them as needed.

RANGE HOOD:
Wash fan blades and housing.

TILE:
Seal grout.

GRANITE AND MARBLE TOPS:
Seal all granite and marble countertop surfaces.

EVERY SPRING

ROOF:
Inspect roof surface, flashing, eaves, and soffits; repair if needed.

GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTS:
Clean them out or install no-clean version. Inspect and repair weak areas; check for proper drainage and
make repairs if needed.

SIDING:
Inspect and clean siding and repair if needed.

EXTERIOR CAULKING:
Inspect caulking and replace any that is deteriorating.

WINDOWSILLS, DOORSILLS, THRESHOLDS:
Fill cracks, caulk edges, repaint; replace if needed.

WINDOW AND DOOR SCREENS:
Clean screening and repair or replace if needed; tighten or repair any loose or damaged frames and
repaint if needed; replace broken, worn, or missing hardware; tighten and lubricate door hinges and
closers.

PLUMBING SYSTEM:
Inspection for Hoses for leaks.
Inspection for Water heater for leaks.
Inspection for Faucets for leaks.

EVERY FALL

GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTS:
Clean out. Inspect and repair weak points; check for proper slope.

CHIMNEY OR STOVEPIPE:
Clean flue (more frequently if needed); repair any cracks in flue or any loose or crumbling mortar.

THERMOSTAT:
Clean heat sensor, contact points, and contacts; check accuracy and replace thermostat if it is not
functioning properly.

GROUND AND YARD:
Drain outside waterline and hoses (disconnect hoses from sill-cocks).

SMOKE DETECTORS:
Check and replace batteries. Always replace batteries when you set your clocks back in the Fall.

FENCES:
Posts, gates and slats for deterioration.

ROOF:
Inspect for Damaged, loose &/or bubbled shingles.
Attic for water stains or dampness.
Flashing damage (metal around chimney, vents, etc.)
Damaged gutters, downspouts, hangers, and splash boxes.
Low tree limbs brushing against roof.

EXTERIOR WALLS:
Inspect wall masonry for cracks and loose joints.
Painted surfaces for chipping and peeling.
Siding and trim for damage or decay.
All trim for tightness of fit.

DOORS AND WINDOWS:
Doors, windows and trim for decay or rot.
Window glass for loose putty.
Windows and doors for broken glass and damaged screens.
Weather stripping for damage and tightness of fit. Caulk at doors, windows & all other openings & joints.
Clean window and door screens.
Lubricate window hardware.

ANNUALLY

FOUNDATIONS:
The base of your house on the outside, for soft, chipped or rotten wood which could be a sign of
termites.
The ground around your house to insure that it is built up around your foundation so that water runs
away from the house.
Interior walls and floors to see if there are signs of water damage.
Inspect tree roots that are growing near or under the foundation for cracking

MAIN CLEANOUT DRAIN:
Have a “rooter” professional clean out the main line, particularly if there are mature trees in your yard
whose roots could have cracked the pipe in their search for moisture.

WATER HEATER:
Drain water until it is clear of sediment; test temperature pressure relief valve, clean burner and ports (gas
heater)

HVAC SYSTEM:
Have a professional tune up your heat/air conditioning system.

CARPETS PROFESSIONALLY CLEANED:
Get rid of all those dust mites, and deep dirt you can’t get to yourself.

CEDAR SHAKE AND WOOD DECKING ON EXTERIOR OF HOME:
Pressure wash cedar shake and wood decking on exterior of home with a product such a Sherwin
Williams Super Deck Wash. If either cedar shake or wood decking has visible mold growth or dirt/debris,
use a product such as Sherwin Williams Super Deck Revive. Please carefully read and follow instructions
on product for optimal results.