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Keep Your Home in Top Shape by Following an Annual Maintenance Schedule

While owning a home can be very rewarding, it can also be overwhelming and expensive if maintenance is neglected. Performing regularly scheduled home maintenance can greatly reduce the chance of unexpected repair expenses and components failing. Although maintenance may vary by region and age of the home, try following this easy monthly schedule to keep your home shipshape and avoid major mishaps.

January

  • Repair any interior wall damage. Touch-up or repaint as needed.
  • Check for leaks or moisture seepage on ceilings, exterior walls and around the foundation. Have a plumber to inspect and repair any leaks if you see seepage.

February

  • Check tile in bathroom and kitchen areas. Re-grout and cover with silicone sealer as needed.
  • Repair and seal damaged or loose countertops, if necessary.
  • Add copper sulfate to basement floor drain and downspout drains to control tree roots in the main sewer line. If you think there is damage, contact a plumber.

March

  • At winter’s end, re-open any interior valves supplying outdoor water pipes.
  • Clean out gutters.
  • Trim trees, bushes and shrubs. (Wait until spring-flowering shrubs have finished blooming.)
  • Clean out flower beds.

April

  • Inspect roof for damaged or missing shingles.
  • Check flashing and reseal as needed.
  • Schedule an air conditioning tune-up to ensure your unit is running at peak performance and as energy efficient as possible.

May

  • Check and replace caulking around windows, doors and siding joints.
  • Wash and repair screens.
  • Clean windows and their frames when installing screens. 
  • Check house and garage for rotting wood, and repair as needed.

June

  • Clean or pressure wash exterior of the house.
  • Scrape, prime and paint any areas on house or garage as needed.
  • Clean carpets and seal hardwood floors. Repair or replace as necessary.

July

  • Look for visible signs of carpenter ants, termites and other destructive insects. Treat accordingly.
  • Check concrete drive, sidewalks, patios, and landings for condition and level. Repair as needed.
  • Check porch flooring and repair as needed.

August

  • Clean and reseal decks, fences or other structures made of pressure-treated wood.
  • Re-nail any loose siding or trim boards as necessary.
  • Add copper sulfate to basement floor drain and downspout drains to control tree roots in main sewer. If you think there is damage, contact a plumber.

September

  • Check weather-stripping on all doors and windows.
  • Have your furnace tuned-up in preparation for winter.
  • Clean out gutters.

October

  • Have chimney cleaned.
  • Check damper in fireplace for obstructions such as birds' nests.
  • Make sure all garage floor or driveway drains are flowing properly.
  • Inspect roof for loose or missing shingles and check flashing seals.

November

  • Inspect outdoor water fixtures and shut off interior valves supplying outdoor water to prevent them from freezing.
  • Prune bushes, trees and shrubs (except spring-flowering shrubs.) Clean and cover flower beds if necessary.
  • Schedule a water heater tune-up to drain off sediment and make sure your water heater is running as efficiently as possible.

December

  • Clean pipes. Plumbers suggest a routine cleaning every 12-18 months.
  • Thoroughly inspect home and plan for next year’s improvements.

Plumbing, and heating and air conditioning systems receive more wear and tear than other features of your home because they are in constant use. To keep your equipment running at peak performance and as energy efficient as possible it is necessary to perform monthly maintenance on these items. Following this checklist should help. But if you run into problems Benjamin Franklin Plumbing is here to help.