Time For Fall/Winter Maintenance Recommendations

Reblogger Roy Kelley
Real Estate Agent with Realty Group Referrals 16766

This is excellent advice to share. We always recommend an annual service contract for the heating and air conditioning equipment.

Original content by Jay Markanich 3380-000723

It's that time of year again, and time to get ready for the seasons ahead so these are

Jay's Fall/Winter Maintenance Recommendations.

While not intended to be exhaustive, and you may have things you personally like to take care of, you might consider the following!

* Winterize the exterior hose bib valves.  Turn off the interior valves, open the exterior bibs and loose the little cap beside the interior valve to break the vacuum and let water drain out.

Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  Replace batteries that are old. 

*  Spruce up any exterior caulking.  Be sure to use the right caulk for the right application!  Caulking is the cheapest and easiest energy saver.  Don't apply it if the temperature is under 50F and be sure it dries before it freezes.

Boilers - check the safety relief valve.

*  Furnace - if you have a maintenance contract with a licensed company have it taken care of.  Oil furnaces should be checked for back puffing. 

*  Clean moss on the roof.  Use something that does not kill the plants and shrubbery below!

*  Clean gutters of debris.  If you live near trees consider the solid gutter covers and eliminate the chore!

Place sticky cricket catchers in the garage and basement!  This is their time of year to come inside.

*  Septic system - pump the tank if it's time.  If you have two fields be sure to divert the valve to send effluent to the unused side.

*  Check the chimney for creosote and clean if needed.  Repair any damage.

*  Improve the foundation drainage as necessary.

Test GFI receptacles.  Test AFCI circuit breakers.

*  Check the garage door reversing mechanism.  Put your foot through the photo-eye plane to see if the door reverses.

Gas water heater - drain some water from the bottom to remove any sludge build up.

*  Open crawl space vents.  Check the insulation under the floor, if any.

*  Dryer - clean behind the appliance and where the exhaust vent tubing enters the wall.  Outdoors check the vent flap and clean as needed.

Private water system - pump air into the pressure tank if pressure is weak.

Sprinkler system - if you are unable, have your maintenance company come by to blow the water out of the lines and disconnect connections where needed.

*  Kitchen - clean dust from under or behind the fridge; clean the range hood and clean the exhaust fan filter screens; clean the disposal - vinegar and baking soda work well, followed by grinding lemon peels.

This is by no means a complete list, but it will serve you well.

Preparation is everything.  One of the best mottoes ever written is "Be Prepared."  Sound advice.

My recommendation:  be regular and diligent!  In the long run, maintenance costs about 1% of the value of the house.  If you pay attention to the small stuff the big things will take care of themselves.

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


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Lou Ludwig
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Roy

Great check list for fall and winter maintenance.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Sep 29, 2016 01:01 PM #1
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Roy Kelley
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Please be sure to leave comments at the original blog by Jay Markanich

Sep 29, 2016 08:09 PM #2
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Gita Bantwal
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I love the post. I will bookmark it and share it with others.

Sep 29, 2016 09:22 PM #3
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Sep 29, 2016 09:25 PM #4
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Roy Kelley
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Gabe Sanders 

This reblog was scheduled yesterday and was posted on time this morning. The scheduler is failing for those scheduled before the system upgrade. This is frustrating for me because I have reblogs scheduled for two months in advance. This kind of failure is one of the things that pushes members away.

Sep 29, 2016 09:29 PM #5
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Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

Great re-blog, perfect timing as we dropped into the 50's this morning here in Atlanta. Winter is upon us. Time to get started.

Sep 29, 2016 11:48 PM #6
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
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Great advice indeed and such a nice post to reblog my friend!  Out in Arizona during the summer, it would be miserable without a working A/C unit.

Sep 30, 2016 02:30 AM #7
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Thank you for sharing this check list for fall and winter maintenance.  Have a great weekend Roy. -The OLI Team.

Sep 30, 2016 06:58 AM #8
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, again, for stopping by. We have a rainy Saturday morning in Maryland.

Have an outstanding weekend.

Sep 30, 2016 08:30 PM #9
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

We have a sunny Monday morning in Maryland and life is good.

Have an outstanding week.

Oct 03, 2016 12:52 AM #10
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Laura Cerrano
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Thanks for the reminder about checking the smoke and CO detectors. Always a good reminder!

Oct 04, 2016 03:01 PM #11
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Hillary Sheperd
Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon - Scarsdale, NY
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This is a SUPER post and its why many have to call us each year because the maintenance is not done in time, or at all.  Great post!

Oct 05, 2016 03:13 AM #12
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Your comments are very much appreciated. Thanks so much for your feedback.

Oct 05, 2016 03:18 AM #13
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Roy Kelley
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It is sometimes a good practice to revisit old blogs and reblogs. We might even find some good ideas for new posts.

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