Seasonal Maintenance

PREVENTION

  • Perform maintenance regularly; keep a schedule for routine building examinations. Look for condensation and wet spots from the attic to the basement.
  • Be certain attic soffit vents, gable end vents, and ridge vents are unobstructed by insulation and/or contents. Attics are not meant to be used for storage.
  • Maintain living areas; clean kitchens and bathrooms regularly, do not allow unused organic materials to accumulate and dispose of refuse in a timely manner.
  • Leave a 2-3″ space between furniture and walls allowing air to circulate freely.
  • Repair plumbing leaks and other building leaks as soon as possible.
  • Prevent moisture condensation by reducing the moisture level in the air and increasing air circulation.
  • Keep HVAC (heating, ventilating and air-conditioning) drip pans clean, flowing properly, and unobstructed; change filters regularly.
  • Vent moisture generating appliances (e.g., clothes dryers) to the building exterior (i.e., outside) when possible.
  • Be sure to check water hoses on appliances e.g. dishwashers, washing machines, refrigerators/ice cube makers, as well as reviewing hot water heaters for wear and deterioration on a quarterly basis.
  • Vent kitchens and bathrooms to code requirements. Exhaust ducting must discharge to building exterior.
  • Leave the bathroom door open and run the exhaust fan for a few minutes after showering/bathing.
  • Provide adequate drainage around buildings and slope ground away from building foundations; follow local code requirements.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts; add downspout extensions to divert water away from building foundation if necessary.
  • Be sure there is at least 2′ between buildings and landscaping; the gap will allow air to circulate and prevent moisture accumulation.
  • Remove snow from roofs to prevent structural damage/ice dams and to keep ridge vents and DWV pipes working effectively.
  • Identify areas where leaks have occurred, correct the causes and take preventative action to ensure leaks do not recur.
  • Never leave buildings while appliances are running unattended.