Friday, November 9, 2012

Fall Tune Up Checklist


Fall is here and HomeTeam Inspection Service has a list of tips and areas that you can homeowners can check to ensure that their home is well prepared and more energy efficient as the winter months approach. 

1. Examine Your Home’s Foundation 
  • Examine crawlspace for standing water, mold, or fungus 
  • Install vapor barrier for crawlspace 
  • Check for cracks in basement walls 
  • Identify basement leaks 
  • Check for proper insulation in basement and crawlspace 
 
2. Inspect the Framing and Exterior 
  • Reseal brickwork every five to eight years 
  • Caulk around windows, doors, utility line entrances, and vents 
  • Look for signs of insect activity, especially in crawlspace framing and around floor-framing perimeter 
  • Secure any loose sections of vinyl or aluminum siding and replace damaged sections when appropriate 
  • If necessary, retrofit insulation into sidewalls and attic floors 
 
3.   Check for Problems on Your Roof
  • Clean gutters and downspouts and make sure they are securely attached 
  • Check for missing or cracked shingles 
  • Look for signs of a leaking roof
  • Observe chimney and flu stack for visible damage 
  • Be sure all bath, kitchen, and dryer vents go entirely outside of your home, not just into the attic.
 
4. Look Over Any Electrical Wiring 
  • Check outdoor recepts to make sure they are water tight 
  • Change or install bulbs in any outdoor light sockets 
  • Upgrade faulty wiring 
  • Set up GFCI recepts by sinks, lavatories, garage and outdoor receptacles 
  • Contact an electrician if you constantly blow fuses or trip circuit breakers 
 
5. Investigate the Plumbing in Your Home 
  • Put away garden hose and shut off hose bibs 
  • Insulate water supply lines and water heater 
  • Fix slow drip leaks and leaky valves 
  • Install temperature and pressure valves 
  • Tighten any loose fixture attachments
 
6. Take Time to Observe the HVAC 
  • Cover your air conditioner 
  • Tightly seal all ductwork seams with foil tape 
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors or check for battery life 
  • Clean flues from the furnace, water heater, and fireplace 
  • Have a heating contractor inspect and ready your heating system 
 
The above suggestions may require professional assistance to ensure proper installation. To maintain a safe home for you and your family, order a whole home inspection by The HomeTeam Inspection Service, the professional leader in residential home inspections. Our team of expert home inspectors will provide you with a thorough evaluation, covering over 400 points inside and outside of your home. For peace of mind, trust the HomeTeam.

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