15 Nov Eurotek Explains
Preventing tomorrow’s problems with our seasonal chart of tasks helps you clean smarter. As you work on your home, remember that maintenance is an ongoing project that requires continual effort. You don’t have to get it all done in one weekend. Rather, make it a point to chip away at it as you have the time.
- Fire Extinguisher: Check that it’s fully charged; recharge or replace if needed
- Sink/Tub Stoppers and Drain Holes – Clean out debris with acid
- Garbage Disposal – Flush with hot water and baking soda
- Water Softener – Check water softener salt drum in dishwasher and replenish salt if necessary
- Fix Leaks to Prevent Mould and Mildew Mould spores need moisture to grow, and thrive in warm, humid conditions. When mould is disturbed, its spores can get into the air you breathe. Inspect your home for excess water and moisture build-up from leaky roofs, sinks basins and bathtubs, drains, dishwashers and washing machines and fix them immediately. Also, reduce your indoor humidity to 30 to 60 percent to prevent mould, and use vents and exhaust fans whenever possible.
- Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors These should be tested monthly by pushing the test button on the unit. Remember to change the batteries every six months and replace the entire unit every 7 to 10 years.
Every Two Months
- Wall Furnace – Clean grills
- Range Hood – Clean grease filter
- Floor and Outdoor Drain Grates – Clean out debris
Every Three Months
- Maintenance of Air Conditioning System This must be done each quarter. Air conditioners have drain pans – empty them as often as recommended in the owner’s manual. Change filters as necessary and invest in a regular AC servicing contract. This will reduce your DEWA bills and ensure cleaner air quality.
- Moisture Patrol Moisture can enter your home at ground level, through the roof and through exterior walls. Stay vigilant and regularly assess your entire home for evidence of moisture. Apply caulk to any cracks you find in exterior walls.
- Peeling Paint This could be a sign that there is moisture underneath.
Every Six Months
- Smoke Detector – Test batteries and replace if needed.
- Interior Caulking – Inspect caulking around tubs, showers and sinks; replace any if it is deteriorating.
- Garbage Disposal – Tighten drain connections and fasteners.
- Washing Machine – Clean water inlet filters; check hoses and replace them if they are leaking.
- Clothes Dryer – Vacuum lint from ducts and surrounding areas.
- Wiring – Check for frayed cords and wires; repair or replace them as needed.
- Cooker Hoods – Wash fan blades and blower housing.
- Appliances need regular maintenance to ensure they continue working properly and to protect your investment. Dryers have vents and screens that accumulate debris – clean these areas at least twice a year. Dishwashers, refrigerators and washing machines have hoses and connections that can wear and fail – inspect these areas of the appliances twice a year and replace as necessary.
- Pest Control – Check for signs of rodents, bats, cockroaches, and termites. Only use certified municipality approved Pest Control companies for the task as the chemicals used are highly toxic.
At the End of the Summer
- Roof – Inspect roof surface, repair if needed.
- Gutters and Downspouts – Clean them out, leaves and dust will have accumulated over the summer. Inspect and repair weak areas; check for proper drainage and slope and make repairs if needed.
- Exterior Caulking – Inspect caulking and replace any that is deteriorating.
- Windowsills, Doorsills, Thresholds – Fill cracks, caulk edges, repaint; replace if needed.
- Window and Door Screens – Clean screening and repair or replace if needed; tighten or repair any loose or damaged frames and repaint if needed; replace broken, worn, or missing hardware; tighten and lubricate door hinges and closers.
At the Beginning of Summer
- Window and Door Weather Stripping – Inspect and repair or replace if it is deteriorating or if it does not seal.
- Thermostat – Clean sensor, contact points, and contacts; check accuracy and replace thermostat if it is not functioning properly.
- Exterior Paint Work – Exterior wood needs sealing and repainting to maintain a moisture barrier on the wood
- Mains Electrical – Test ground fault interrupters every year to ensure they’re working properly.
- Septic Tank – If you are not connected to the main drains, have a professional check the tank (watch for backup throughout the year). In many areas, it is recommended that the tank be pumped every year.
- Main Cleanout Drain – Have a ‘rooter’ professional clean out the main line, particularly if there are mature trees in your garden whose roots could have cracked the pipe in their search for moisture. Also check out any irrigation systems to ensure no roots have got in to the piping.
- Garage Details – Inspect the perimeter of your garage to ensure you don’t have moisture problems in the garage. If you find evidence of moisture, make sure water is routed away from the garage foundation. Watch for evidence of rodent infestation in the garage.