Prevention is the best defense against potential issues arising around the house.  Setting up a routine maintenance schedule for certain tasks at home will help keep your household running smoothly and help reduce the amount of problems you could have later.  You will need to customize your own schedule to fit your home and property, but here is a basic time frame of some things that should be inspected and maintained as per

  • Monthly – Check your fire extinguisher’s charge- recharge or replace, clean drains and tub stoppers in sinks/tubs, flush garbage disposal with hot water and baking soda, and change air filters in heating systems
  • Every other month– Clean wall furnace grills, and clean grease filters on range hoods
  • Every three months– Clean faucet aerators, pull apart tub drain assemblies, and clean out debris
  • Every six months– Test smoke alarm batteries and replace, check toilet for leaks, inspect caulking around sinks and tubs, clean water inlet filters and check hoses on washing machine, check for fraying on electrical wires, vacuum lint around and in your clothes dryer, tighten nuts and bolts on garbage disposal
  • Each spring– Inspect the siding and roof for missing or damaged shingles, clean gutters, check outside caulking, fix screens if needed, clean yard of winter debris, turn back on outside water valves
  • Each fall– same as spring maintenance, but also check thermostat and clean it, check storm doors/windows and repair if needed.
  • Every year– Have your HVAC unit inspected and tuned up, drain water heater, have your main water clean-out drain cleared, have your septic tank pumped

Also, review your homeowner’s insurance periodically to make sure you are covered for anything that could possibly go wrong at your home and property.  Even the best maintained property can suffer unexpected damage, so we want you to be covered.