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Home Maintenance – Welcome to New Responsibilities

If you need several of the tools, remember to use the Splitsvil gift registry!

Partnerships allow us to divide the chores associated with everyday life. When that partnership dissolves, suddenly your list expands. If you find that you are now in charge of home maintenance for the first time read on. Below is a list of home maintenance recommendations by season as well as a list of the tools you will need.

Monthly Maintenance Check List

  • Check the dishwasher for leaks
  • Check the water heater for leaks
  • Check the water softener and replenish salt if necessary
  • Clean refrigerator
  • Clean the garbage disposal by grinding ice cubes, then flushing with hot water and baking soda
  • Check tub and sink drains – unclog if necessary
  • Polish wood furniture
  • Dust light fixtures
  • Vacuum air vents
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Spring Maintenance Check List

  • Examine and touch up exterior siding and trim with paint
  • Look at sink, shower, and bath caulking for deterioration
  • Remove the insulation from outdoor faucets and check sprinkler heads
  • Service your air conditioning unit

Spring/Fall Maintenance Check List

  • Hire someone to inspect roofing for missing, loose, or damaged shingles and leaks
  • Replace batteries and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Change the forced air system filter
  • Check that indoor and outdoor air vents are not blocked
  • Clean window and door screens
  • Drain or flush the water heater
  • Power-wash windows and siding
  • Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts
  • Vacuum lint from the dryer vent

…partnerships allow us to divide the chores associated with everyday life.

Fall Maintenance Checklist

  • Clean fireplace flues and inspect the chimney
  • Have the forced-air system inspected
  • Rake leaves and aerate the lawn
  • Wrap insulation around outdoor faucets and pipes in unheated garages

Winter Maintenance Checklist

  • Check the basement for leaks after every freeze
  • Cover your air-conditioning unit
  • Drain and store hoses and drain in-ground sprinkler systems before the first freeze
  • Check the roof, gutters, and downspouts for damage after storms
  • Vacuum bathroom exhaust fan grill

Winter/Summer Maintenance Checklist

  • Check around kitchen and bathroom cabinets and around toilets for leaks
  • Clean drains in sinks, tubs, showers, and dishwashers
  • Clean faucet and shower-heads to remove mineral deposits
  • Remove lint from inside and outside washer hoses and dryer vents
  • Oil garage-door opener and chain, garage door, and all door hinges
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Summer Maintenance Checklist

No extra items – it’s the time for vacation!

List of tools needed to perform seasonal home maintenance:

  1. Caulk Gun
  2. Duct tape
  3. Flashlight
  4. Hammer
  5. Pliers
  6. Plunger
  7. Screwdriver set
  8. Tape Measure
  9. Vacuum with hose
  10. Water hose
  11. WD 40

Summary

The lists above are suggestions. Your geographic area may change the requirements. If you need several of the tools, remember to use the Splitsvil gift registry. It is a great place to let your friends know what you need. https://splitsvil.net/registry/

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