Fall

Fall

September

  • Check exterior finishes
  • Check garage door tracks and lubricate bearings
  • Check caulking for air and water leaks
  • Plant new lawn
  • Check fireplace and chimney
  • Check basement or crawl spaces
  • Have humidifier, furnace and HRV serviced
  • Check clothes dryer vent
    Check and reset ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)
  • Clean all smoke detectors' and carbon monoxide detectors' covers
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

October

  • Turn on pilot light for gas fireplace and clean glazing, if dirty. Follow instructions in fireplace manual
  • Clean windows, screens and hardware. Ensure windows operate smoothly
  • Remove screens from interior face of windows to allow air to cross the face of windows and reduce potential for condensation
  • Ensure roof louvers, vents and soffits are not blocked. Ventilation is a critical factor in roof durability – air must be able to move through the attic. Do not go on the roof yourself
  • Ensure all doors to the outside shut tightly, and check other doors for ease of use. Renew door weatherstripping if required
  • Check septic system
  • Winterize landscaping and remove leaves
  • Clean furnace filter and HRV
  • Clean water heater
  • Shut off exterior water supply
  • Check eavestroughs and downspouts
  • Clean humidifier
  • Check and reset GFCI
  • Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are working. Replace batteries in battery-powered units. A good rule of thumb to remember with smoke detectors is to change the batteries at daylight savings time. Replace batteries also if your smoke detector starts chirping or beeping off and on, it's time to change the batteries. Never use rechargeable batteries. Replace the whole detector if it is a detector that runs on a 10-year lithium battery
  • The removal of septic waste by cleaning the septic tank is a critical step in septic system care as it extends the life of the septic field. Removal of septic waste should be done at least ever 3 years.
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

November

  • Check attic
  • Inspect floor drains to ensure trap is filled with water 
  • Clean furnace filter and HRV
  • Check for condensation and humidity
  • Check and reset GFCI
  • Clean all smoke detectors' and carbon monoxide detectors' covers
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

Winter

December

  • Check air ducts
  • Check for excessive snow on roof. Do not go on the roof yourself
  • Clean furnace filter and heat recovery ventilator (HRV)
  • Clean humidifier
  • Check and reset ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)
  • Clean all smoke detectors' and carbon monoxide detectors' covers
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

January

  • Clean furnace filter and HRV
  • Check for excessive snow on roof. Do not go on the roof yourself
  • Check furnace fan belt
  • Check water heater
  • Check exhaust fans
  • Clean humidifier
  • Remove snow and ice from roof overhang/vents. Do not go on the roof yourself
  • Check and reset GFCI
  • Clean all smoke detectors' and carbon monoxide detectors' covers
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

February

  • Clean furnace filter and HRV
  • Check inside surfaces
  • Remove snow and ice from roof overhang/vents
    Check and reset GFCI
  • Clean all smoke detectors' and carbon monoxide detectors' covers


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ANCO Homes Ltd.
16 - 5480 Canotek Road
Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1J 9H6

Telephone: 613-749-6705
Fax: 613-746-7091
E-mail: info@ancohomes.com