Larry Freeze TREC #8943
16975 FM 1660
Taylor, Texas 76574
(512) 589-4096
FreezeHomeInspections@hotmail.com

Texas Home Maintenance

The old adage "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" was never more appropriate than when it comes to maintaining your home.

The following items listed should be inspected periodically but will need only occasional, if any, maintenance. You will soon develop a feel for what tasks should be performed and when.

General Maintenance

 

Safety

__ Inspect fire extinguishers to insure they are fully charged

__ Check automatic garage door opener's safety reverse features (floor sensors and “close force”)

__ Test smoke detectors

__ Test Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters and Arc-Fault-Circuit-Interrupter (AFCI) circuit breakers

__ Review emergency evacuation plan with all occupants

Heating & Cooling

__ Check air filters monthly. Clean or replace air filters as needed

__ Vacuum the air supply registers

__ Listen to your system for unusual noises

 

Appliances

__ Drain several gallons of water from bottom of the water heater (at least once annually)

__ Grind ice cubes to clean garbage disposal. Flush with hot water and baking soda

__ Clean dishwasher strainer and spray arm

__ Clean range fan’s grease filter

__ Clean frost-free refrigerator’s drain and drain pan

Plumbing

__ Check main water supply valve to make sure it is readily accessible (free from obstructions and             debris

__Check water fittings (under sinks, toilets, atop water heater, etc.) for leaks or corrosion.

__ Pour water down unused drains

__ Clean debris from sink and tub drains.

__ Clean faucet aerators and shower heads

 

Spring Season Maintenance

 

Exterior

__ Plan ahead for annual maintenance of air conditioning system before cooling system begins

__ Inspect roof materials & roof flashings

__ Clean & inspect gutters

__ Inspect gutters and downspouts during a rain storm for leaks

__ Inspect exterior perimeter of foundation for standing water after rains

            Water should not be collecting or ponding near the foundation

__ Have a chimney sweep clean & inspect chimney after burning season ends

__ Inspect exterior walls, clean siding; caulk and seal where needed

__ Inspect vents, chimneys & other protected areas for bird & insect nests

__ Clean window & door screens. Repair or replace damaged screens

__ Inspect weatherstripping around doors, windows & garage doors. Repair as necessary

__ Inspect foundation for cracks, moisture & insects

__ Clean debris (especially wood) away from home, utility equipment & other structures

__ Trim trees and shrubs away from home and roof

__ Inspect wood decks, steps & rails for loose or damaged boards & raised nails

__ Clean space between boards on wood decks, walks & steps

Heating & Cooling

__ Have air-conditioning system serviced before cooling season begins.  Make sure this includes cleaning the air conditioner’s ¾ inch PVC primary condensate drain line.  A safe method is to attach a wet-dry vacuum cleaner to the dripping termination of the drain line (usually located either on exterior of the home or attached by a rubber hose to a bathroom sink drain.)

Appliances

__ Clothes dryer vents and ductwork should be thoroughly cleaned (snake-vacuumed) at least once annually.  Collection of lint presents a hazard to burning up dryer heating element and presents a potential fire hazard to home. Clean dryer vents also help your clothes dry faster and more efficiently.  Vertical (“through the roof’) vents are especially prone to collecting significant amounts of lint.

__ Test and inspect water heater’s Temperature Pressure Relief (TPR) valve for signs

            of leaks or discharge

__ Replace smoke detector batteries. Vacuum around smoke detector & its sensor

__ Clean refrigerator’s condenser fins (located at rear or underneath of refrigerator)

 

Summer Season Maintenance

 

Exterior

__ Clean & lubricate garage door hinges, rollers & tracks. Tighten screws/bolts

__ Check automatic garage door opener's safety reverse features (floor sensors and “close force”)

__ Inspect paint & sealant on exterior & garage doors, particularly along bottom edge

__Have routine maintenance of air conditioning system performed if you have not already done so

__ Inspect the safety drip pan beneath the interior air conditioning unit (if equipped with such a pan.)  The pan should be dry and free of rust.  If it is not, you probably have some condensate drain blockage which should be remediated immediately.

__ If you see water dripping from a ¾ inch PVC pipe (often located above an exterior window), you need to have an air conditioning specialist clean and inspect the air conditioning condensate drain lines.  (Water should not ordinarily be seen dripping from the “Secondary” (safety backup) drain lines above windows.)

__ Check for drafts along doors and windows. Repair weatherstripping where needed

 

Interior

__ Inspect walls & ceilings for cracks, bows, sags & leans

__ Clean & seal tile grout

__ Inspect wall and floor junctions around bathtubs, showers, sinks, toilets.  Caulk as needed.

Appliances

__ Clean the air conditioner’s ¾ inch PVC primary condensate drain line.  A safe method is to attach a wet-dry vacuum cleaner to the dripping termination of the drain line (usually located either on exterior of the home or attached by a rubber hose to a bathroom sink drain.)

__ Inspect the safety drip pan beneath the interior air conditioning unit (if equipped with such a pan.)  The pan should be dry and free of rust.  If it is not, you probably have some condensate drain blockage which should be remediated immediately.

__ Check garbage disposal's drain connections & fasteners

__ Inspect dishwasher for leaks

__ Clean range fan blades & housing

__ Clean & test refrigerator door gasket

__ Vacuum refrigerator coils

__ Clean clothes washer's water inlet filters. Inspect hoses for leaks

__ Vacuum lint from clothes dryer ducts & surrounding areas

 

Plumbing

__ Inspect sinks & plumbing shutoff valves for leaks

__ Test toilets for stability & inspect for leaks

__ Inspect caulking around sinks, showers & bathtubs. Re-caulk as necessary

Electrical

__ “Exercise” circuit breakers

__ Check for frayed appliance cords

Fall Season Maintenance

Exterior

__ Inspect roof materials & roof flashings

__ Clean & inspect gutters & downspouts

__ Inspect exterior walls / siding. Re-caulk where needed

__ Inspect foundation for cracks, moisture & insects

__ Clean debris away from home, utility equipment & other structures

__ Trim trees & shrubs away from home

__ Inspect wood decks, steps & rails for loose or damaged boards & raised nails

__ Clean space between boards on wood decks, walks & steps

 

Heating & Cooling

__ Clean ceiling fan blades

__ Clean bathroom exhaust fan grills & fan blades

__ Have heating system serviced before the heating season begins

Appliances

__ Inspect water heater’s temperature pressure relief valve for signs of leaks or discharge

__ Replace smoke detector batteries. Vacuum around smoke detector & its sensor

Winter Season Maintenance

Exterior

__ Inspect roof after large storms

__ Inspect gutters and downspouts during a rain storm for leaks

__ Keep gutters clean of ice and debris

__ Check for drafts along doors and windows. Repair weatherstripping where needed

__ When freezing weather is imminent, drain water from outdoor faucets & pipes. Remove & store outdoor hoses

Appliances

__ Inspect dishwasher for leaks

__ Clean range fan blades and housing

__ Clean and test refrigerator door gasket

__ Vacuum refrigerator coils

__ Clean clothes washer's water inlet filters. Inspect hoses for leaks

__ Vacuum lint from clothes dryer ducts and surrounding areas

 

Plumbing

__ Inspect sinks and plumbing shutoff valves for leaks

__ Test toilets for stability and inspect for leaks

__ Inspect caulking around sinks, showers & bathtubs. Re-caulk as necessary

 

Electrical

__ “Exercise” circuit breakers

__ Check for frayed appliance cords


The above is not a comprehensive list, but attending to these items will greatly help preserve the integrity and value of your home and save you money!

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