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Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Your home protects you from the harsh winter elements so it makes sense to be proactive. Make sure your home is ready for the winter ahead.
Use this checklist to get your home winter ready:

  • Install new batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors (important to do monthly testing and hardwired smoke alarms must have a battery backup; this battery must also be replaced)
  • Dust and test all detectors
  • Check fire extinguishers (at least once a month)
  • Check and reset ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)
  • Schedule a radon test

  • Clean or replace furnace filter and heat recovery ventilator (HRV)
  • Check furnace fan belt
  • Check air ducts
  • Clean humidifier
  • Check water heater
  • Check and clean clothes dryer vent
  • Test sump pump
  • Schedule a maintenance and/or energy efficiency inspection that includes thermography/thermal imaging (temperature differences between indoor and outdoor environments during winter help find leaks and hidden moisture issues)

  • Clean kitchen exhaust hood and filter
  • Vacuum refrigerator coils
  • Check sinks and toilets for leaks
  • Inspect hoses on washing machines, dishwashers and ice-makers for leaks

  • Change direction of ceiling fan (clockwise for winter)

  • Check exterior finishes and cladding for damage
  • Shovel snow away from your foundation, as well as pathways, walkways, sidewalks and driveways
  • Apply a generous amount of deicer along pathways, walkways, sidewalks and driveways before a storm

  • Check for excessive snow on roof
  • Monitor for ice damming and icicles
  • Remove snow and ice from roof overhang/vents by a professional roofer
  • Check attic for signs of moisture, such as water stains, mould or frost build up on the underside of sheathing