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Home Maintenance

Interior Maintenance Inspection

Home Maintenance Items to Look ForKeeping a house in good working order is a top-priority concern for all homeowners. It contributes to comfort and enjoyment, and it's vital to maintaining the value of your property. "A stitch in time saves nine" holds especially true in preventive house maintenance. Conducting an investigation of your home systems, indoor and out, at appropriate times of the year can save you money as well as inconvenience.

A periodic checkup needn't be an arduous task. It may add up to just a few hours a year. You can probably take care of most minor repairs yourself. Unless you're adept and experienced, let professionals do such major jobs as roofing and installing new electrical circuits. If you have a septic tank, have it professionally inspected and pumped out every 3 to 4 years, depending on its size and use.

An ideal time to make checks is when a system is not in use. In the spring, a house often shows signs of wear from severe winter weather. This is a good time to check your home's exterior, dehumidifier, and cooling system (have its refrigerant level increased if need be). Anytime between late summer and fall, have your heating system and humidifier checked, cleaned, and serviced. If any part of a system seems unduly worn, a replacement may be better than a repair. When in doubt, contact an expert in regards to that repair. Receiving quotes from more than one professional is always recommended.

When fall comes around, clean the filter of your cooling system and vacuum its accessible parts. While you're at it, check your dehumidifier for dirt build-up. This is also a good time to inspect for insects and animals that may have taken up residence in unsuspected parts of your house. Your local humane society or your provincial conservation department will provide information on how to safely remove such invaders or will tell you how to get help.

For further information please download our maintenance manual.

Exterior Maintenance Inspection

You should only check your roof with binoculars. When checking for possible sources of leaks, start by looking for damaged or lifting flashing, curled or missing shingles and loose mortar in chimney joints. Moss build-up and foliage debris should be removed from a roof. If you find what appears to be a leak source, or if you feel there are signs of deterioration that warrant closer inspection you should ask a professional roofer to investigate. Make repairs promptly, all repairs should be done by a professional roofing contractor.

An ice dam is a buildup of ice and snow at the roof edge. It can cause eavestrough to sag and water to creep under the shingles. Take steps to prevent future ice dam formation before you make any eavestrough repairs. Debris-filled eavestrough can also cause leaks. Clean them out regularly in the spring after trees have bloomed, and again in the fall after the last leaves have dropped.

For further information please download our maintenance manual.