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Tips / Maintenance
        
 

A maintenance plan can not prevent all problems. It can help find and detect small problems before they become larger problems. These lists are far from all-inclusive. They are a guide to help you setup a home maintenance plan.

WARNING:  These tips are reference only. Follow manufacturers recommended maintenance schedules (where applicable). When service is recommended, use recommended service professionals. These tips are not all-encompassing. Be extremely careful when checking for wear or damage.

Things you must know:

1. Where is the fuel shut-off valve/switch?
2. Where is the water shut-off valve?
3. Where is the electrical power disconnect (circuit breaker or fuse box)?
4. What to do when the smoke alarm goes off?
5. What to do when the carbon monoxide (CO) detector goes off?
6. What numbers to call when any of these instances occur?

Recommendations:

Take the time to locate where the shut-offs are and make sure people (teens or adults) living in the house know where they are and how to turn them off. It does not hurt to practice were the shut-offs are located.

The fuel valve/switch should be near the furnace. In many houses this is located in the basement. For houses without basements or condos check the areas where the furnace or water heater is located.

The water shut-off valve should be near the water meter. In many houses this is located in the basement. For houses without basements or condos check the areas where the furnace or water heater is located.

The electrical power should be in the circuit breaker / fuse box. In many houses this is located in the basement. For houses without basements or condos check the different rooms in the house or the garage.

If you still cannot find the shut-offs you can call a Home Inspector / Contractor to help you find them. Do not be embarrassed. It is better to be safe than sorry.

If the smoke alarm goes off, leave the house quickly and call the fire department.

If the carbon monoxide detector goes off, leave the house quickly and call the fire department and / or the gas company.

Have an escape route and an alternate route out of your house. Have a meeting spot outside the house for members to meet.

Keep a list of number such as: police, fire department, ambulance, gas company, electric company, and a friend or relative.

WARNING: Use common sense and do not put yourself in a dangerous situation. When it comes to saving a house or you life, remember a house can be rebuilt.



GENERAL TIPS:

Check for wear or damage in/on the following:  

Exterior (siding, brick, wood, etc.)
Roof (shingles, shakes, slate, etc.)
Flashings (if visible)
Chimney for missing bricks or parts.

Windows and doors (repair or caulk as necessary) 
Repair or replace screens in storm doors and windows.
Repair or replace storm doors and windows 

Driveway, walkways, and outside entrances of debris.
Decks or balconies (decking, railings, stairs, and joists)
Check fences for loose or missing pieces.

Check attic, basement, and crawl spaces for mold, mildew, and rot.



MONTHLY TIPS:

 
Change furnace filters as recommended.

Scan the roof and exterior of the house for abnormalities.

Check plumbing for leaks.

Check sump pump(s) for operation.

Test GFIC's outlets. 

Clean grills of exhaust fans (bathroom, kitchen, etc.).

Clean dryer lint (should be done after each use).





 




 

 

 

 

 


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NJ Radon License #MET13114  

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