Maintaining Your Home


  • Check the basement, crawlspace, or lowest living level for dampness and water penetration after a heavy rain storm or snow melt.
  • Check the skylights, windows, and doors for water penetration during wet weather.
  • Inspect the dryer exhaust hood for blockage.Inspect and clean your dryer vent pipe.
  • Inspect the sealant and tile grout that is around the showers, tubs, toilets and sinks.
  • Check the garage door opener¬ís safety features.
  • Trip and reset the circuit breakers every six months.
  • Test the GFCIs and AFCIs every month.
  • Test the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors every week.


  • Check the walks, steps, retaining walls, patios, and driveways for cracking, settlement, or heaving.
  • While gardening, be sure to maintain a positive slope of the ground level away from the house.
  • Inspect for damage on the roof.Flat roofs need inspections twice a year.
  • Hire an HVAC professional to inspect and clean the heating/cooling system.
  • Check the sump pump system.


  • Before your first wintertime-use of the fireplace, hire a certified chimney sweep.
  • Clean and inspect the gutters and downspouts.Make sure the downspouts are diverting water away from the foundation.
  • Trim the tree branches and bushes away from the house and roof.
  • Check the weather stripping at the doors.
  • Make sure the attic access is insulated well.
  • Drain the outdoor water faucets to prevent freeze-burst problems.
  • Hire an HVAC professional to inspect and clean the heating/cooling system, including the humidifier.

ALWAYS know the location of the following:

  • The main water shut-off valve.
  • The main electric disconnect.
  • The shut-off switch for the heating system.
  • Fire exists, including windows.
  • Fire extinguishers.