Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 by Hannah Lagaly
A Seasonal Maintenance Checklist for your Charleston Area Home
- HVAC Systems: Call NAC to schedule a biannual checkup and servicing (if you don't already have an agreement). We will check the ductwork for signs of damage, and clean and repair the furnace and A/C compressor.
- Plumbing: Check the pipes under your sinks to make sure there are no leaks. Scan the ceilings and make sure there are no water stains. Check your faucets for drips and the flapper in the tank of your toilet to make sure it has not worn out.
- Sump Pump: Typically with springtime comes rain; it is important to check your sump pump to make sure it’s working and draining water properly.
- Chimney: Your chimney should be examined annually and cleaned periodically depending upon how often you use it. You want to make sure there is no blockage or debris.
- Detectors: Around daylight savings time change, it is a good idea to check your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors and make sure they are working correctly.
- Air-Conditioning: No matter if you have window units or central air conditioning, you should clean your filters monthly, especially if you’ve been running the A/C a lot.
- Plan for Extreme Heat: Check the weather stripping around windows and doors to keep the cold air inside. Put drapes over the windows that receive morning or afternoon sun.
- Bugs and Other Pests: Ants, termites, mice, and bees love your home in the summertime and will do anything to get inside. Some infestations are smaller and can potentially be resolved with a can of spray and a deep cleaning. It is important to be diligent and take measures to decrease the risk of infestation. Cover holes where mice and roaches can get in. Protect mattresses against invaders like bedbugs. Inspect your attic regularly to make sure there are no serious issues.
- Furnace and HVAC: Get your ductwork and furnace inspected and serviced (if need be). A clean system is a more energy efficient system, and an inspection will alert you to any issues. Check and replace air filters, as necessary. Test your thermostat to make sure it works properly. Make sure heating vents are open, and nothing is blocking them.
- Chimney: If you did not get your chimney cleaned and inspected in the spring, call now and have it done before using your fireplace or your furnace.
- Windows and Doors: Check for drafts around the windows and doors, caulk door and window frames where it's needed.
- Dryer Vent: Clothes dryers cause thousands of fires every year, so it's essential to have your dryer vent inspected and cleaned annually by an HVAC technician.
- Heating Systems: Check and replace filters on your heating system, as filters need to be replaced anywhere from twice a year to once a month. Keep an eye on the water levels in your boiler to make sure they do not fall too low.
- Frozen Pipes: When water freezes in pipes, it expands, damaging or cracking the pipes. When the ice melts, and the pipe bust, your home fills with water. Pipes near the outside of your house are at highest risk, like outdoor faucets, pipes in an unheated garage or swimming pool supply lines. Insulate pipes where you can.On cold nights, keep the cabinets below sinks open to let heated air in. You can also run the faucet at a drip to keep water moving. Keep the thermostat set at a steady temperature.