Furnace air filters should be cleaned or replaced each month during the heating system; ventilation system filters every two months.

Turn OFF gas furnace and fireplace pilot lights where possible.

Shut down furnace humidifier - thoroughly clean it and close the furnace humidifier damper on units with central air conditioning.

Drain the hot water heater to flush out any sediment.

Check air conditioning system and have serviced every two or three years.  Check condensate drain and or pump.

Clean or replace air conditioning filter (if applicable).

Check dehumidifier and clean if necessary.

Have well water tested for quality.  The Connecticut Department of Health recommends that you test for bacteria every six months.

Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace batteries.

Once winter is finally over, open valves to outside hose connections.

Examine the foundation walls for cracks, leaks or signs of moisture, and patch or repair as required.

Ensure sump pump is operating properly before the spring thaw.  Make sure discharge pipe is properly connected and that it routes water away from the structure.  Sump pit should have a rigid cover secured over it.

Check gutters and downspouts for proper pitch, misalignment, or loose joints.  Clear any obstructions and ensure that downspouts are directed away from foundation.

Prune trees and shrubs that overhang the roof, or encroach on the structure or utility cables.

Check soil pitch around foundation - settling may have occurred.  There should be about 1 inch of drop for every horizontal foot from the structure to a distance of about 10 feet away.  Clear all drainage ditches and culverts of debris.

Check exterior hard-scape such as sidewalks, driveways, etc.  Re-level any exterior steps or decks that moved due to frost heaving or settling.  Seal coat asphalt driveways about every three years.

Check window operation and glazing around windowpanes.  Check window and door screens; patch or replace as needed.

Operate seldom-used plumbing fixtures and vary the temperature adjustments to keep the pressure balancing spools from seizing.  Also, run water into seldom-used drains to keep their traps full of water.

Visually inspect the water supply hoses for the clothes washer.

Check the siding, trim, deck, and other wooden components.  Re-secure any loose pieces.  Paint, stain or seal as needed.




Information courtesy of:

Bob Camarda 

Conerstone Home Inspection