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Summer Home Maintenance Checklist by Mike Holmes

Summer Home Maintenance Checklist by Mike Holmes

Summer is the time for long days and warm evenings, vacations and having a long list of “to do” home projects but before you start those projects make sure you’ve done the necessary home maintenance checks first. Use this checklist to get your home summer ready: SAFETY
  • Install new batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors (important to do monthly testing)
  • Dust and test all detectors
  • Check fire extinguishers (at least once a month)
  • Check and reset ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)
  • Clean or replace furnace filter and heat recovery ventilator (HRV)
  • Check septic system and clean if necessary
  • Check water heater for leaks (if unit is older than 5 years schedule an inspection)
  • Inspect bathroom and kitchen caulking. Re-caulk as needed
  • Test and clean kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans
  • Clean kitchen exhaust hood and filter
  • Vacuum refrigerator coils
  • Change direction of ceiling fans (counterclockwise for summer months)
  • Inspect exterior for any penetrations into building envelope and fill with caulking or expandable spray foam, exterior grade
  • Check foundation for drainage problems and water pooling
  • Monitor exterior and surrounding property for grading issues
  • Inspect any outdoor structures for damage and repairs, like sheds and garages
  • Check sealing around windows and doors
  • Inspect driveways and walks for cracks, heaving and unevenness
  • Inspect doors and locks
  • Fertilize lawn
  • Inspect for insect activity (termites, ants, wood bees, discarded wings, etc.)
  • Schedule end-of-season pool inspection for upgrades/repairs
  • Check roof for loose, missing and/or curling shingles
  • Monitor attic for moisture and ventilation
  • Monitor basement for humidity and musty smells
  • Check crawlspace for moisture issues