Keeping your home in good condition can require quite a bit of work, and it can be hard to keep track of everything that needs to be done. Some tasks, such as testing smoke alarms or replacing HVAC filters, should be repeated as frequently as once a month. Some jobs need doing far less frequently. You can make your life a lot easier by splitting up your home maintenance tasks by seasons. Here is a handy checklist of the essential maintenance tasks you should perform each season to protect your property.
Many monthly, seasonal, and yearly tasks require the assistance of a plumber! If you find yourself in need of one to make sure your home is in tip-top shape, reach C&W Plumbing at 972-395-3597.
Home Maintenance Checklist: Spring
It’s called “Spring cleaning” for a reason! The approach of warmer weather after the winter inspires many people to clean out their basements, attics, and garages, as well as spruce up their homes. Many cities across the United States host bulk trash days during the spring months, so you can toss those appliances or furniture pieces that are broken or outgrown on the curb rather than taking them to the dump yourself.
Spring is also a good time to repair your home after cold, frost, and the occasional winter storm.
Here’s your spring checklist:
- Trim back vegetation encroaching on the house.
- Clean gutters and downspouts.
- Check your property for termite tubes.
- Replace four-inch air filters.
- Run a sprinkler cycle to confirm it’s in working order.
- Schedule an HVAC annual service from a professional.
- Clean and potentially replace your stove’s exhaust hood filters.
- Repair damage to the exterior of your home (roof, siding, and chimney).
- If you have a swimming pool, check it for damage, and have repairs made.
- Wash your windows.
- Start on your gardening.
- Look spots in your yard or house that may flood and work to prevent flooding in spring storms.
If you find yourself overwhelmed with deep cleaning every room in the spring, there’s no reason your seasonal home maintenance checklist can’t be adjusted! Try spreading the cleaning among other months, and see if that schedule works better for you.
Home Maintenance Checklist: Summer
Did you fall a bit behind on your must-do spring-cleaning tasks? Not to worry. Summer is a great time to finish these jobs up and take on a few extra things.
Use the summer months to do a bit of outside work, but stick to the cooler days in between the real burners. On those really hot North Texas days, there’s inside work that needs to be completed as well.
Depending on your summer needs, you may want to complete some of these tasks a bit earlier than others:
- Finish uncompleted spring cleaning tasks.
- Remove your air conditioner cover.
- Clean kitchen appliances.
- Clean behind the refrigerator.
- Check the crawlspace vents, and open them.
- Clean out your drains using environmentally safe options.
- Inspect your patio and deck, and make necessary repairs/complete any maintenance tasks.
- Check your home for leaks.
- Maintain your landscaping and gardening.
- Clean the outdoor grill.
Home Maintenance Checklist: Fall
With winter approaching, there are quite a few things to complete around the house before the cold weather hits.
Here are some tasks you should set aside for fall:
- Have your heating system or HVAC inspected.
- Check your roof, attic, and chimney for leaks or damage.
- Get your chimney cleaned.
- Replace or clean the range’s hood filters again.
- Inspect your garage doors.
- Touch up your home’s paint, if needed.
- Check if your trees, shrubs, or bushes need trimming.
- Clean up the yard of any leaves and debris.
- Flush your hot water heater to remove sediment.
- Hang up any outdoor faucets or hoses.
Home Maintenance Checklist: Winter
Cold weather is here, with an ice storm here and there, but that doesn’t mean you can’t complete tasks around the home! There’s plenty to do in the frigid months, even while getting ready for the holidays.
Some of these items you’ll want to complete as soon as cold weather arrives or just before, but you can save others for later in the season:
- Close up any crawlspace vents that you opened up for summer.
- Clean your plumbing and drains again.
- Clean and put away tools and outdoor appliances you won’t need during the winter months.
- Check door handles, knobs, locks, and shower racks, and repair them if need be.
- Check your doors and windows for air leaks, and seal.
- Caulk showers and bathtubs.
- Check your shower heads for sediment.
In addition to your seasonal maintenance and repair, there are a quite a few things you should complete every month. If you mark one day a month on which to complete all of them, they don’t take long!
- Change your HVAC filters. (If you don’t have pets or allergies, you can do this quarterly.)
- Inspect your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers.
- Clean out your garbage disposal.
- Check your water softeners.
You may need to adjust your checklist depending on a few factors:
- The size of your family
- How often your family uses the appliances listed above
- Whether you have pets and what kind they are
Stay flexible for your situation, but get started with this guide! Checking and cleaning your appliances, plumbing, and home regularly is an excellent way to avoid major repairs and clean-up jobs in the future. Staying on top of things can save you quite a bit of money in the long-run.
If you’re in need of assistance when it comes to cleaning your drains, servicing your garbage disposal, draining your hot water heater, or any other plumbing task, we’re happy to help! Give us a call at 972-395-2597 to schedule your maintenance appointment.