AmeriSpec
Eastern Iowa Central Iowa Western Iowa
(319)363-1256 (515) 244-2100 (712)792-9492
 
 
 
     
 
Seasonal Maintenance Checklist

As a professional home inspection company, AmeriSpec understands the need for periodic home maintenance. We invite you to use this handy AmeriSpec home inspection checklist to help keep your home in tiptop shape all year long.

Spring

Foundation - Masonry - Exterior

  • Check foundation walls, floors, concrete, and masonry for cracking, heaving, or deterioration.
  • Check chimneys for loose, deteriorated, or missing mortar.
  • Check grading for proper slope away from foundation walls.
  • Check all wood surfaces for weathering and paint failure.
  • Check all decks, patios, porch stairs and railings for loose members and deterioration.
  • Check foundation and attic vent screens for damage.
  • Cut back and trim vegetation from structures.

Roof

  • Check for any missing, loose, or damaged shingles.
  • Check for open seams, blisters, or bald areas on flat roofs.
  • Check flashings around all surface projections and sidewalls.
  • Check antenna supports for possible leak source.
  • Check fascia and soffits for deterioration and damage.

Doors and Windows

  • Check all windows and hardware.

Plumbing

  • Check water heater for leaks and corrosion.
  • Check lawn sprinkler system for leaky valves and exposed lines.
  • Have well water checked for safety.

Interior

  • Check all tile joints for adequate grout.
  • Check caulking around showers, bathtubs, sinks, and toilet base.

FALL

Foundation - Masonry - Exterior

  • Check chimneys for loose, deteriorated, or missing mortar.
  • Check grading for proper slope away from foundation walls.

Roofs

  • Trim back all tree limbs and vegetation away from roof.

Doors and Windows

  • Check for loose or missing glazing putty.
  • Check caulking for deterioration of all openings and joints between wood and masonry.
  • Check weather stripping.

Heating and Cooling

  • Lubricate fan and motor bearings.
  • Check fan belt tension.
  • For steam checks, test shut-off valve for leaks and drain low water cut-off (per manufacturer’s instructions).
As Needed

Foundation- Masonry - Exterior

  • Check basement and crawl space for moisture of leakage after wet weather.

Roofs

  • Clean gutters, strainers, and downspouts. Make sure downspouts divert water away from foundation walls.
  • Check for any evidence of water penetration in attic and ceilings after wet weather.

Doors and Windows

  • Check for broken glass and damaged or missing screens.

Plumbing

  • Check all faucets, hose bibs, and supply valves for leakage.
  • Check for evidence of leaks around and under sinks, showers, toilets, and tubs.
  • Have the septic tank cleaned every two (2) years.
  • Know the location of the main water shut off valve.

Heating and Cooling

  • Clean or change furnace filters every three (3) months of operation.
  • For steam checks, test shut-off valve for leaks and drain low water cut-off (per manufacturer’s instructions).
  • Keep area clean around heating and cooling equipment.
  • Have system serviced annually.

Electrical

  • Periodically check exposed wiring and cable. Replace at first sign of wear and damage.
  • Check all lamp cords, extension cords and plugs for damage and wear. Replace as necessary.
  • Trip circuit breaker every six (6) months and ground fault interrupters monthly to ensure proper function.
  • Learn location of electrical service panels and label each circuit.
  • If fuses blow, circuit breakers trip frequently, or any appliance sparks or shorts out, contact a licensed electrician for repairs.

Interior

  • Check ceilings and surfaces around windows for evidence of moisture during wet weather.
  • Check ceiling areas beneath bathrooms for leakage.
  • Check all stairs and railings for any loose members.
  • Test all smoke alarms periodically per manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Check all fire and safety systems regularly.
  • Know the location of all gas shut-off valves.

 

   
 
     
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