Winter Maintenance

(December, January, February)

  • Check the basement floor drain to ensure the trap contains water; refill
  • Check sump pump
  • Clean furnace filter
  • Balance air flow of heating ducts
  • Vacuum bathroom fan grille
  • Monitor your home for excessive moisture levels (i.e., condensation on windows) and take corrective action if necessary
  • Drain off hot water tank into a dishpan from the clean-out valve to control sediment and maintain efficiency
  • Test plumbing shut-off valves to prevent them from seizing
  • Run water through plumbing fixtures that are not used regularly to ensure that there is water in the trap
  • Clean drains in dishwasher, sinks, bathtubs and shower stalls
  • Check all faucets for signs of dripping; change washers if needed
  • Clean humidifier two or three times during the winter season
  • Vacuum dust and spider webs from fire and smoke detectors
  • Vacuum radiator grilles on back of refrigerators and freezers; empty and clean drip trays
  • Check pressure gauge on fire extinguishers; recharge or replace
  • Check electrical cords, plugs and outlets for all indoor and outdoor seasonal lights for fire safety
  • Check fire escape routes, door and window locks and hardware, and lighting around outside of house
  • Examine windows and doors for ice accumulation or cold air leaks. If found, make a note to repair or replace in the spring
  • Check roof for ice dams and examine attic for frost accumulation.
  • Keep snow clear of gas meters, gas appliance vents, exhaust vents and basement windows
  • Monitor outdoor vents, gas meters and chimneys for ice and snow build-up