HOMECARE TIPS

As you settle into your new home, please allow us to continue serving you by offering a handy list
of useful information regarding maintaining your home.

Tips

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Maintenance Description

Start twice during winter months; keep mechanical parts from sticking. Have unit professionally serviced annually.

Frequency

Twice per year

Maintenance Description

Seal joints that are subject to being wetted; prevent leaks, dry rot, mold and mildew. Remove and replace caulking as needed.

Frequency

Twice per year

Maintenance Description

Inspect deck surfaces for cracks in coating, loose boards and surface sealers. Minor maintenance and repairs extend deck life. Check and clean drains monthly during rainy season to prevent drains from backing up and flooding the deck

Frequency

Yearly

Maintenance Description

Vacuum racks and lubricate hinges and latches to keep operating parts smooth

Frequency

Monthly / Yearly

Maintenance Description

Make sure debris is removed from ditches and swales.
Maintain positive drainage away from buildings to keep drains from backing up and flooding during the rainy season.

Frequency

Yearly

Maintenance Description

If equipped with a lint trap behind the dryer, check and clean.

Frequency

Monthly

Maintenance Description

Set nails, caulk and paint. Improves appearance of finished interior wall surfaces.

Frequency

Yearly

Maintenance Description

Test GFCI/ARC Fault circuits for safety of electrical circuits.

Frequency

Monthly

Maintenance Description

Wood: Check yearly; paint every 2 years to prolong
useful life and maintain appearance.

Wrought Iron: Check regularly; paint yearly to prolong useful life.

Frequency

Twice per year

Yearly

Maintenance Description

Change or clean regularly to help remove dust and pollen from interior air and improve furnace efficiency.

Frequency

Twice per year

Maintenance Description

Lubricate to promote smoother, less noisy operation; extends system life.

Frequency

Twice per year

Maintenance Description

Fill with ice and operate. Cleans and sharpens.

Frequency

Monthly

Maintenance Description

Inspect for pavement breaks, heaving sidewalks from tree roots, dry rot at decks and blockage of drainage system. Avoids more expensive repair costs.

Frequency

Yearly

Maintenance Description

Seal grout with silicone based sealer; cracked grout should be caulked with a caulk specially made for filling grout to improve appearance and prevent leaks.

Frequency

Check regularly
Re-caulk yearly



Maintenance Description

Check before rainy season and monthly during rainy season to prevent overflow onto walls, prevent eave leaks and extend gutter life.

Frequency

Monthly during rainy season

Maintenance Description

Detected and treated yearly will prevent structural damage; controls annoying pests. If found, treat monthly.

Frequency

Yearly

Maintenance Description

Direct water spray properly. Eliminates excess watering, staining of exterior walls and dry rot of structures.

Frequency

Twice per year

Maintenance Description

Flat: Maintain for appearance. Repaint as necessary or after 10 years.
Enamel: Maintain for appearance. Repaint as necessary or after 10 years.

Frequency

Every 10 years

Maintenance Description

Maintenance Description Frequency Stucco: Repainting should be done every 5 to 10 years.
Overhangs & sheetmetal: Repaint every 5 years or as necessary to maintain.
Facia/Plantons: Repaint every 3-4 years to maintain appearance.
Stained doors: Should be re-finished every 6 months or as needed to maintain.

Frequency

Every 5-10 Years

Every 5 Years

Every 3-5 Years

Twice per year

Maintenance Description

Detect and correct conditions that can lead to leakes and premature roof replacement.
Have roof professionally inspected every 5 years or if any leakes occur.

Frequency

Yearly

Every 5 years

Maintenance Description

To prolong life of water heater, accumulated sediment should be removed from tank.
Extends water heater life; provides more efficient operation; uses less energy.

Frequency

Yearly

Maintenance Description

As recommended by manufacturer

Frequency

Maintenance Description

Check yearly and replace when necessary. Reseal thresholds.

Frequency

Yearly

Maintenance Description

Clean tracks to keep windows sliding freely.
Clean weep holes to prevent leaks.
Inspect for broken window seals on dual-pane windows.

Frequency

Monthly

Monthly

Maintenance Description

Avoids backups and plugged drains; promotes sanitation. Use only cleaners recommended by manufacturer.

Frequency

4 Times per Year

Maintenance Description

Test detectors once a month, using the test button on the detector. Change batteries on a regular basis to keep detectors operating during power failures.

Frequency

Monthly

Maintenance Description

Caulk and paint keeps system water tight; improves appearance, extends major maintenance periods; reduces chances of mold and mildew

Frequency

Yearly