To keep your home healthy, the American Lung Association recommends that you do the following maintenance activities monthly:

  • Check ground fault circuit interrupter and associated circuits (GFCI test button).
  • Check expiration and pressure on fire extinguishers.
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarm features (test button).
  • Check memory on carbon monoxide alarms for peak levels.

Yard and Exterior

  • Water drains away from house
  • No trip, fall, choking, sharp edge hazards
  • Fence around pool intact
  • Check for sings of rodents, bats, roaches, termites
  • Clean window wells and check drainage
  • Clean gutters and downspouts

Basement and Crawlspace

  • No wet surfaces, puddles
  • Sump pump and check valve working
  • Floor drain working
  • Vacuum basement surfaces

Exterior Roof, Walls, Windows

  • Shingles in good condition
  • Check chimney, valley, plumbing vent, skylight flashing
  • Make sure gutters discharge water away from building
  • Check attic for signs of roof leaks
  • Look for peeling paint
  • Look for signs of leaks where deck attaches to house
  • Check below window & door that flashing intact
  • Look for signs of leaks at window and door sills
  • Clean dryer vent
  • Check exhaust ducts are clear

HVAC Equipment – Replace Filters

  • Air conditioner (central air merv 8)
  • Dehumidifier

Plumbing, Fixtures, and Appliances

  • Check drain and supply time for leaks
  • Check bath and kitchen fans operation

Electrical Equipment

  • Check for damaged chords
  • Test ground fault interrupters
  • Check smoke and CO alarms

Interior Walls, Ceilings, Windows, Doors

  • Check operation of windows and doors

Appliances

  • Clean dryer vents and screens
  • Clean exhaust fan outlets and screens
  • Clean air conditioning coils, drain pans
  • Clean dehumidifier coils, check operation

Garage

  • Ensure storage of fuel cans
  • Proper operation of garage door safety shut-off
  • Check for signs of water damage
  • Check for signs of rodents, bats, roaches, termites

Yard and Exterior

  • No trip, fall, choking, sharp edge hazards
  • Fence around pool intact
  • Check for sings of rodents, bats, roaches, termites
  • Drain outdoor faucets and hoses
  • Clean window wells and check drainage
  • Clean gutters and downspouts

Basement and Crawlspace

  • No wet surfaces, puddles
  • Sump pump and check valve working
  • Check for signs of rodents, bats, roaches, termites

Exterior Roof, Walls, Windows

  • Check attic vents
  • Repair broken, cracked glass
  • Clean dryer vent
  • Check exhaust ducts are clear

HVAC Equipment – Replace Filters

  • Warm air furnace (merv 8)
  • Outdoor air to return to heat recovery ventilation

Plumbing, Fixtures, and Appliances

  • Check hot water heater for leaks
  • Check boiler for leaks
  • Check water main/meter or well pump for leaks or sweating
  • Check drain and supply time for leaks
  • Check bath and kitchen fans for operation

Electrical Equipment

  • Check for damaged chords
  • Check smoke and CO alarms

Attic

  • Check for sings of rodents, bats, roaches, termites
  • Check for water damage
  • Ensure insulation in place

Appliances

  • Clean outdoor air intakes and screens
  • Clean and tune furnaces, boilers, hot water heaters
  • Clean and tune ovens and ranges

Garage

  • Ensure storage of fuel cans
  • Proper operation of garage door safety shut-off
  • Check for signs of rodents, bats, roaches, termites

Check for icicles and ice dams

Plumbing, Fixtures, and Appliances

  • Check washer hoses-connections
  • Check dishwasher hoses for leaks
  • Check toilet supply/shut-off valve
  • Clean and check refrigerator drip pan- icemaker connections
  • Check shower-tub surrounds for signs of damage
  • Check traps and drains under sinks, tubs, showers for leaks

Attic

  • Check that fans still exhaust to outdoors (check ductwork connections)

Interior Walls, Ceilings, Windows, Doors

  • Check for sings of water damage

 

Interior Walls, Ceilings, Windows, Doors

  • Lubricate and repair windows and doors
  • Clean kitchen range hood screens
  • Clean Septic Tank
  • Test outlets for proper hot, neutral, and ground