Home Maintenance Tips

So you've just moved into your brand new home. What should you do now?

One of the most important things to remember is that you are responsible for certain routine maintenance items to keep you house functioning properly. These tasks tend to be relatively simple. For instance, many types of heating and air conditioning systems contain filters to remove dirt and dust from the air. These filters should be changed on a regular basis.

Cleanliness is a factor that will make your home last longer and work better. Dust and dirt, if allowed to accumulate, can harm the finishes on blinds, cabinets, countertops, floors, sinks, tubs, toilets, walls, tiles and other items. If dirt does accumulate, make sure to clean it with a substance that does not scratch or damage the finishes.

On the outside of your home, make sure that gutters and downspouts do not get clogged with leaves or other objects. The exterior of your house is built to withstand exposure to the elements, but a periodic cleaning will improve the appearance and, in many instances, prolong the life of siding and other exterior products.

When you bought your home, you received a warranty from us. This warranty applies to problems related to the construction of the home, but it does not apply to problems that arise because of failure to perform routine maintenance. Also, some items, such as appliances, may be covered by manufacturers' warranties.

You should fully familiarize yourself with the terms of the warranty policy. You should not wait to read your warranty until a problem arises.

Seasonal Home Maintenance Tips

Preventive maintenance is key in keeping your home safe, comfortable, and secure, and in reducing the need for expensive emergency repairs later on.

To keep on top of things, follow a schedule of items to check on a seasonal basis as well as those requiring monthly attention. If you're a reasonably comfortable do-it-yourselfer you should be able to handle most of these tasks yourself. For more complicated jobs you may wish to hire a handyman or a contractor.

Follow these tips to keep your home in the best condition possible.

Spring

  • Check and clean eavestroughs and downspouts.
  • Inspect roof.  Apply tar to any loose shingles.  Examine flashing and seal with caulking or roof cement.
  • Lubricate garage door hinges.
  • Check and repair driveways and walkways.  Apply sealant to asphalt driveways.
  • Check exterior siding and bricks.
  • Check flashing around foundations.
  • Make sure interior and exterior air vents are clear of debris.
  • Have your air conditioner checked by a qualified technician.
  • Clean range hood filters.
  • Have your fireplace and chimney professionally cleaned.
  • Check pressure relief valves on water heaters.
  • Check attic for proper ventilation and roof leaks.
  • Check attic for level insulation.
  • Check furnace filters.  Replace if necessary.
  • If applicable, clean / check HRV filters.

Summer

  • Check or replace air conditioner filters.
  • Check furnace filters.  Replace if necessary.
  • Check basement pipes for condensation.  If drips are present, consider installing a dehumidifier, or insulating cold water pipes.
  • Inspect windows and screens.  Re-caulk as necessary.
  • Inspect doors for weatherstripping and correct alignment.  Lubricate hinges.  Check and lubricate locks.
  • If applicable, clean / check HRV filters.

Autumn

  • Check and clean eavestroughs and downspouts.
  • Check exterior grouting and caulking.
  • Check exterior grills and vents.  Remove obstructions.
  • Shut off water to outside taps.  Store garden hoses.
  • Lubricate garage door.
  • Have your furnace checked by a qualified technician.
  • Check furnace filters.  Replace if necessary.
  • Check chimneys for obstructions.
  • Vacuum out air ducts.
  • Check caulking around tubs and sinks.  Re-caulk as necessary.
  • Inspect floor drains.

Winter

  • Remove ice buildup in eavestroughs.
  • Check furnace filters.  Replace if necessary.
  • If applicable, clean / check HRV filters.

Vacation

  • Shut off water to washing machine and dishwasher.
  • Arrange for mail and newspaper pickup.
  • Put selected lights on timers.
  • Arrange to have driveway, walkway, and sidewalk shoveled.

Monthly

  • Test ground fault interrupters (GFI) on electrical outlets.
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Ice Damming

Melting snow on your roof can freeze up again and cause damage both to the inside and outside of your home. The video below shows you how you can safeguard your home against ice dams this winter and in winters to come.

Controlling Moisture During Winter

High moisture levels in your home can lead to dampness or ice buildup on windows during winter. The video below offers practical steps you can take to maintain proper humidity levels and ventilation in your home and reduce condensation.

Warranty Service Department

Greg Kush
Vice President Quality / Warranty
905-561-1700 Ext 255
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