Home > Mom's Life > Managing Your Home > Home Improvements > Home Maintenance Schedule
|

Home Maintenance Schedule

Fall

Outside:

  • Remove garden hoses from spouts. Drain and store for the winter. Wrap spouts in insulation.

  • Drain in-ground sprinkler systems.

  • Clear debris out of window wells, gutters, downspouts, and storm drains.

  • Check weather stripping on windows and doors for fit and condition. Replace as necessary.

  • Check windows, doors, and siding for holes and cracks. Caulk as necessary.

  • Check and clean chimney (if you don't do it in the spring).

  • Inspect all soffit vents and other venting systems to make sure they're clear of debris.

  • Check bricks or blocks for cracked mortar or loose joints.

  • Check painted surfaces for paint failure, water damage, or mildew.

  • Examine all trim for fit, damage, and condition.

  • Check caulking where two different materials meet, where wood siding joins the foundation wall, at inside corners, and where the window and door trim meets the siding.

  • Check for loose putty around glass panes.

  • Check for broken or cracked glass and damaged screens or storm windows.

  • Insulate outdoor faucets, pipes in unheated garages, and pipes in crawl spaces with materials such as rags or newspapers.

Inside:

  • Have furnace checked and serviced if necessary.

  • Remove hair from drains in sinks, tubs, and showers. Use a drain cleaner approved for the materials in your plumbing system if necessary.

  • Test all smoke alarms (when standard time resumes). Replace batteries as necessary.

  • Test all ground-fault circuit interrupters, especially after electrical storms.

Winter

Outside:

  • Check roof for damage and/or icicles indicating potential ice dams.

Inside:

  • Check basement for leaks and seepage during thaws.

  • Remove hair from drains in sinks, tubs, and showers. Use a drain cleaner approved for the materials in your plumbing system if necessary.

  • Test all ground-fault circuit interrupters, especially after electrical storms.

  • If leaving the house for an extended period, avoid frozen pipes by opening the cabinet doors to allow heat to reach the pipes. Don't turn the heat completely off.



<< Previous: Spring and summer
|

Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Common Household Disasters © 2005 by Paul Hayman and Sonia Weiss. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

To order this book visit Amazon's web site or call 1-800-253-6476.


stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

mother’s day cards & crafts

Let your kids
spoil you with
homemade
goodies!

GO

highlights

Healthy Smile Checklist for Kids
Have better dental check-ups with this free printable checklist that helps keep your child flossing, brushing, and smiling! Brought to you by Philips Sonicare.

Kindergarten Readiness App
It's kindergarten registration time! Use this interactive kindergarten readiness checklist, complete with fun games and activities, to practice the essential skills your child needs for this next big step. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

Top 10 Earth Day Books for Children
Celebrate the environment by reading some of these great children's books about Earth Day, recycling, planting trees, and all things green!

Prom Dress Trends for 2014
Check out 2014 prom dress trends inspired by celebrities’ red carpet looks, but with a price tag under $100!