Your new home, while mostly maintenance free, will still need some attention. We have provided a list of things to pay attention to based on the season. Click on any season above to see those tips.
If the caulking around your bathtub, shower, or sink appears dried or cracked, remove the old caulking and replace it. If you do not have a caulking gun, caulking material can be bought in applicator tubes or in disposable caulking guns. It is a good idea to fill the bathtub before caulking. This is a high maintenance area and it is very important that all caulking joints be checked and maintained on a regular basis (every 3 months or as needed). Shower enclosures should be wiped down with towel, cloth, or squeegee after each use to help prevent mold, mildew, or soap residue build-up.
Keep all countertop seams dry. Maintain caulking between wall and countertop backsplash to prevent moisture from accumulating behind cabinets.
Have the chimney inspected and cleaned. If you're not using your fireplace, keep the damper airtight to keep warm air from escaping your home.
Make sure the flashing around the chimney or vent pipes is watertight.
It is recommended that the appropriate fastener be used to attach mirrors, pictures, or any decorative items to the drywall. Also take caution to avoid internal mechanical systems and pipes when installing fasteners. Keep hinged bumpers adjusted to eliminate door knob damage to drywall.
The panel contains the main shut-off breaker to your home, along with individual circuit breakers to labeled circuits. An overloaded circuit breaker 'trips' and turns off power to the circuit, protecting the wire from overheating. To reset breaker, first switch breaker all the way to 'Off', then to 'On'. CAUTION: A circuit that continues to 'trip' may signify an electrical problem which should be repaired by a licensed electrician. It is advisable to maintain clearance around the panel for easy access in an emergency situation.
Have a heating professional do a routine-check before cold weather arrives. Vacuum vents and other heating components.
Your Essex Homes Se, Inc. home has been designed to provide the proper insulation for our climate. Open doors, windows, fireplace flues and clogged filters are more often the cause of inadequate cooling or heating than deficient insulation. A lack of proper window treatments can also prevent the heating/cooling system from functioning properly.
Fertilize trees and shrubs in the spring and fall only. Use 60-80% slow release fertilizer.
If your home has a pitched roof, the space between the ceiling and the roof may have louvered openings. Louvered openings should remain unobstructed all year round.
Your interior walls have been painted with a water based latex paint. The best method to cover stains is to repaint affected areas. Latex caulk can be used to fill small cracks and the junctions of trim and sheetrock.
Add or replace worn weather-stripping around doors and windows. Replace worn door sweeps at the bottom of doors.
Smoke detectors are wired directly to your house wiring system, and also have a battery backup for your safety. They are installed in locations specified by local building code. Smoke detectors should be tested and cleaned periodically. During a power failure, the smoke detectors signals a lack of power by an intermittent beeping.
Termites cause major damage to structures. It is highly recommended that you maintain an inspection and treatment program after the first year. Do not store wood in the crawl space as it could easily become a prime breeding area for termites.
Check the foundation and siding for cracks or gaps. Repair as necessary. Drain garden hoses, roll them up, and store them inside.