These tips provide helpful information and advise for the home owner on maintenance and problems areas may help you:
- Keep your property in excellent condition and/or
- Prevent problems from getting started
- Change all the locks on your exterior doors – who knows who has a key to your new home!
- Check to make sure all the windows lock properly. You may want to look into a security system for your home.
- Make sure smoke detectors are installed inside and outside all sleeping areas and that they are functioning properly. Many manufacturers of smoke detectors recommend replacing the units every five years.
- Make a plan for escape in the event of a fire and make sure everyone in the family knows it. Check for operable windows or doors in all bedrooms. Consult your local fire department regarding fire safety issues and what to do in the event of a fire.
- Review your home inspection report for any items that may require immediate attention or further investigation especially any safety issues (decks, driveways, walkways, stairs, carpeting – tripping hazards).
- Locate all main shut-offs for water, gas and electrical.
- Examine heating/cooling air filters and replace or clean as needed. Inspect and clean humidifiers and electronic air cleaners.
- Check fire extinguishers are fully charged; recharge if necessary.
- Clean gutters and downspouts. Ensure that both are secured and that discharge of downspouts is appropriate. Remove debris from window wells.
- Carefully inspect the condition of tub/shower enclosures. Repair or replace deteriorated grout and caulking.
- Ensure that water is not escaping the enclosure during showering. Check below all plumbing fixtures for evidence of leakage. Repair or replace leaking faucets or shower heads.
- Secure loose toilets or repair flush mechanisms that become troublesome.
- Septic systems may need enzymes added (conventional system) or chloride tablets added (aerobic system).
Spring and Fall
- Smoke detector batteries should be changed every six months.
- Examine the roof for evidence of damage to roof coverings, flashings and chimney. Trim back tree or shrub branches so they do not damage shingles.
- Check shrubs around A/C units and make sure you maintain one-foot clearance between shrubs and units.
- Look in the attic to ensure that roof vents are not obstructed. Check for evidence of leakage, condensation or vermin activity. Level out blown-in insulation if needed.
- Check dryer venting for lint build up (50,000 homes annually have fires due to dryer lint!).
- Inspect the exterior walls and foundation for evidence of damage, cracking or movement. Check for birds’ nests, vermin activity or wood destroying insect activity.
- Look at overhead electrical wires coming into the home; they should be clear of trees or other obstructions.
- Ensure the grade of the land around your home encourages water to flow away from the foundation.
- Inspect all driveways, walkways, decks, porches and landscaping components for evidence of deterioration, movement or safety hazards.
- Check exterior of windows for caulking failure or wood rot on the trim and sills. Make sure weather-stripping on exterior doors is sealing properly.
- Test ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) devices where identified in your inspection report and have them replaced if they are not functioning properly.
- Test the Pressure/Temperature Relief Valve on water heater(s).
- Test the overhead garage door operator, to ensure that the auto-reverse mechanism is responding properly. Clean and lubricate hinges, rollers and tracks on overhead doors.
- Clean or replace range exhaust hood filters.
- If you have an aerobic septic system you are required by the State of Texas to have them maintained by a professional on a quarterly basis.
- Have the heating and cooling systems cleaned and serviced by a professional.
- Depending on use, have wood burning fireplace chimneys inspected and cleaned as needed.
- Examine electrical components for evidence of overheating. Flip breakers on and off to ensure they are not sticking or loose. Test Arc Fault protection breakers (making sure computers or other electrical equipment are first unplugged) to ensure they are functioning properly.
- Have your home inspected for wood destroying insects by a licensed specialist; preventative treatments may be recommended if needed.