Maintenance

Your Watts home is designed and built to last for many years. No matter the age of a home, routine maintenance needs to be performed to maintain the quality, integrity and longevity of a home.

To help you find what routine maintenance should be performed seasonally, please see below.  The Homeowner Care Guide will also offer additional tips as does your Homeowner Manual given to you at time of purchase.

Spring
  1. Spring clean the entire home: wash hard flooring surfaces, clean windows and screens, remove items from refrigerator & freezer and clean, remove contents from cabinets, drawers and pantry to clean, go through closets and remove items (clothing, games, sports equipment, etc) and donate to a charity, sell in a garage sale or dispose of.
  2. Contact an HVAC contractor to perform maintenance on the furnace, air conditioner and humidifier. Clean all registers (wall, floor & ceiling).
  3. Inspect the roof for shingles that may be loose or missing. Contact a roofing contractor if repairs are necessary.
  4. Test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to make sure they’re working correctly. Replace the batteries or detectors if necessary.
  5. Make sure all downspouts are on and properly attached to the gutters. Check gutters for debris.
  6. Inspect all caulked areas for separation around toilets, tubs & showers, faucets, sinks, countertops, window sills and all other appropriate areas. If separation has occurred, purchase appropriate caulking and follow the directions for application.
  7. Check the foundation for settling and fill areas where needed to maintain drainage away from the home.
  8. Check all exterior siding and/or brick for damage and repair/replace as necessary.
  9. Check the attic for leaks and verify insulation is not blocking any vents or soffit. Place the insulation blocking those areas in its original location and add insulation where needed.
  10. Clean decks and patios and make sure the supports are not broken, weakened, or rotted out.
  11. Vacuum the lint from the hose of your clothes dryer.
  12. Repair/replace any ripped window screens.
  13. If you have an attic fan, make sure it’s working properly before the heat of summer arrives.
  14. Check for cracks in asphalt or concrete driveways and walkways. Repair or reseal them before winter, when water can freeze and expand in the cracks, creating more damage.
  15. Check trees around the house to make sure they’re not threatening wires or power lines. If they are, call a tree service to safely trim back branches.
  16. If you have a dehumidifier, clean and start operation as needed
Summer
  1. Inspect the area around the home’s foundation for evidence of carpenter ants or termites. When in doubt consult a pest professional.
  2. Inspect pipes under cabinets and in the basement for leaks. Also check the area around the water heater for leaks. Tighten the fittings around the leak or consult a plumbing contractor.
  3. Check exterior items that are painted for damage or weathering. If needed, repaint or replace.
  4. Check all electrical and appliance cords for damage or fraying. Replace as necessary.
  5. Check to make sure the garage door and opener function properly. Contact a garage door contractor if necessary.
  6. Vacuum the lint from the hose of your clothes dryer.
  7. Seal the wood deck with a wood deck sealer.
  8. Seal all concrete with a concrete sealer (driveways, sidewalks, porches, patios, etc.)
  9. Start underground sprinkling system and adjust heads as necessary. Test exterior faucets for damage or broken pipes.
  10. Clean or power-wash the siding.
  11. Prune trees and shrubs. Check out our tips on pruning trees and shrubs.
  12. Clear air conditioner of all branches, bushes.
  13. Test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to make sure they’re working correctly. Replace the batteries or detectors if necessary.
Fall
  1. The fireplace chimney should be professionally cleaned as necessary.
  2. Test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to make sure they’re working correctly. Replace the batteries or detectors if necessary.
  3. Check hardware and hinges on all doors. Tighten screws if not secure and apply lubricant on hinges that do not operate correctly.
  4. Remove all water hoses from exterior faucets, drain the hoses and store for the winter.
  5. Trim all landscaping for the winter.
  6. Prepare all lawn equipment for winter storage.
  7. Check all gutters and downspouts for debris and remove.
  8. Adjust or replace weather stripping on exterior doors as needed.
  9. Drain the underground sprinkling system and outdoor sillcocks.
  10. Vacuum out air registers to remove dust and debris.
  11. Clean your refrigerator coils.
  12. If you have a humidifier, clean and start operation as needed.
  13. Schedule wood stove for professional cleaning
  14. Check windows and seals for leaks. Reseal them if necessary.
  15. If you have an indoor fireplace, make sure it’s ready for use in the winter. This is probably the time to call in a professional.
  16. Close or install storm windows.
  17. Store outdoor furniture and cushions.
  18. Test snow blower and have it professionally serviced if necessary.
  19. Check fire extinguishers pressure, recharge/replace if needed
Winter
  1. Clean out faucet aerators, drains and spray nozzles.
  2. Do not use salts or products that can damage the surface of concrete.
  3. Pour water down drains that are not used regularly such as the basement floor drain to remove odors.
  4. Do not overload electrical outlets and circuits with seasonal decorations.
  5. Check the caulking around showers and bathtubs and replace it if it’s cracked or peeling.
  6. Replace flashlight batteries.
  7. Change furnace filters.
  8. Test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to make sure they’re working correctly. Replace the batteries or detectors if necessary.
  9. Test the sump pump and repair if needed.
Other
  1. Apply grout sealer to all tile areas and replace grout as needed.
  2. Check the electrical panel and circuit breakers. Consult an electrical contractor as necessary