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Summer Maintenance Checklist (June, July, August)

  • Remove any plants and roots that touch or penetrate siding or masonry
  • Service garage door opener and associated parts (do not attempt to adjust spring); if required
  • Check exterior finishes, trim and wall penetration sealant for signs of deterioration; clean, replace or refinish as needed.
  • Ensure sump pump is operating properly and discharging water away from the foundation
  • Check basement pipes for condensation or dripping and, if necessary, take corrective action (i.e., reduce humidity and/or insulate pipes)
  • Check basement floor drain to make sure the trap contains water; refill if necessary
  • Inspect air conditioning unit to make sure drain pan under the cooling coil is clean and draining properly
  • Change a/c filter, furnace filter and clean Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) filters, over the range hood filter (if applicable)
  • Monitor home’s humidity and condensation; avoid excessively high humidity levels. Use a dehumidifier to maintain appropriate humidity levels, if necessary
  • Lubricate door hinges and tighten screws to ensure proper alignment and seal, if required
  • Inspect and clean dryer duct if necessary
  • Check guardrails and handrails
  • Deep clean carpets
  • Run water through plumbing fixtures that are not frequently used (i.e., spare bathroom tub, sink or toilet) to keep water in the trap
  • Test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors