Staying on Top of Spring Home Maintenance

Spring Home Maintenance

Flowers may not be blooming just yet, but spring is right around the corner.

Staying in your home or preparing to sell? Either way performing regular maintenance is important to keep your home in top shape, and save you money. We hope this “Spring Home Maintenance” guide will help you check off  all of those pesky home maintenance tasks.

Hot Water Tank

Consult your hot water tank manual and then carefully test the temperature and pressure relief valve to make sure it is not stuck. Take Caution as this test can result in hot water release that can burn.


It is important to replace or clean the air filter in your furnace every month during the winter heating season. Filters should also be checked in your ventilation system, or “heat recovery ventilator” every two months.


If you have a fireplace or wood burning stove, it is always a good idea to have your chimney cleaned and serviced as needed.

Furnace Humidifier

It is recommended that you shut down, drain and clean your furnace humidifier. Close the damper on units that have air conditioning.

Air Conditioning System

You want to be sure your AC is ready to go before the summer heat. Switch the power to your air conditioning and check that it is working.  If necessary, clean or replace the filter. Your air conditioning unit should be serviced every two to three years.


Check and drain each spring – clean if necessary.

Well Water

If you have a well for your water source, have the water tested for quality. It is recommended to check for bacteria every six months.

Environmental and Security Alarms

Check and if necessary replace batteries in your smoke, carbon monoxide and security alarms.

Windows and Screens

Clean your windows, screens and hardware. Repair or replace any screens that may be necessary.

Outside Water Sources

Turn on your outside water hose connections. But be sure all risk of frost has past before doing so.


You should carefully examine your foundation for cracks, leaks and any signs of moisture. These should be repaired as required to ensure no further damage.

Sump Pump

If your home has a sump pump, ensure it is operating properly before the spring thaw sets in. Make sure the discharge pipe is connected and is allowing water to drain away from your foundation.

Decks and Steps

Winter frost can result in settling. It is important to check and re-level any exterior steps or decks if necessary.

Entry Points

Check for and seal off any holes in the exterior cladding that could become an entry way for small pests and insects.

Eavestroughs and Downspouts

Your eaves and downspouts can become loose and disconnect from your home. You will want to ensure water flows away from your foundation by checking for loose connections and joints. Make sure they are securely attached to your home. Clear away any obstructions.


Check and clear all drainage and culverts of debris that may stop water from properly flowing away from your home.


Your fence may need some repairs or painting. Always allow wood fences to dry adequately before doing this type of work.


You should always undertake spring landscaping maintenance to keep your yard vibrant and flourishing. Fertilize any young trees to give them a great start to spring.

Following these spring home maintenance tips will keep your home healthy and happy.


Slade Desrochers
Slade Real Estate Inc.