Essentials for Your Spring Home Maintenance


The sun is out, and the warm weather is upon us. To get your home ready for Spring, make the following a part of your regular Spring home maintenance routine.


  1. Consult your hot water tank owner’s manual and carefully test the temperature and pressure relief valve to ensure it is not stuck.
  2. Check, clean or replace furnace air filters each month during the heating season. Ventilation systems should be checked every two months.
  3. Shut down, drain and clean furnace humidifier, and close the furnace humidifier damper on units with central air conditioning.
  4. Switch on power to the air conditioning and check your system; have it serviced every two or three years.
  5. Clean or replace air-conditioning filter.
  6. Check dehumidifier and drain and clean if needed.
  7. Turn OFF gas furnace and fireplace pilot lights where possible.
  8. Check smoke, carbon monoxide and security alarms, and replace batteries.
  9. Clean windows, screens and hardware, and replace storm windows if needed.
  10. Open valve to outside hose connection after all danger of frost has passed.
  11. Examine the foundation walls for cracks, leaks or signs of moisture, and repair as required.
  12. Ensure sump pump is operating properly and ensure discharge pipe is connected and allows water to drain away from the foundation.
  13. Relevel any exterior steps or decks that moved as a result of frost or settling.
  14. Check for and seal off any holes in exterior cladding that could be an entry point for small pests.
  15. Check eavestroughs and downspouts for loose joints and secure attachment to your home, clear any obstructions, and ensure water flows away from your foundation.
  16. Clear all drainage ditches and culverts of debris.
  17. Repair and paint fences as necessary — allow wood fences to dry adequately before tackling this task.
  18. Undertake spring landscape maintenance and, if necessary, fertilize young trees.


Preventive maintenance this spring will keep everyone happy this summer. Happy Spring cleaning and maintaining.