03/09/2018

It's been a long winter in Calgary and Southern Alberta, with fewer chinooks and more snow than we're used to. However, we're in the homestretch, with warmer temperatures this weekend, the daylight savings time switch on Sunday, and 'Spring' happening in less than two weeks! Now is the perfect time to do a few home maintenance items to do to keep your home in great shape for the coming spring!

Clean Humidifier

Humidifiers are important tool in Alberta homes because of our dry winter weather. Our humidifiers are usually mounted on the furnace, and have filter inside. As water evaporates, mineral deposits are left behind. These deposits can be a breeding ground for bacteria and mould. Clean these as often as every month. Anti-scale products can help to make cleaning easier.

Downspout and Eavestrough

Check Smoke and CO detector batteries

If you're not in the habit of checking your smoke and CO detectors at the time change, it is a great one to add to your home knowledge toolbox. By pressing the 'test' button will let your know if your device is working. Make sure to change batteries as soon as it starts chirping. Vacuuming and dusting your detectors regularly is important too.

Clean Range Hood Filters

Your range hood helps with air quality, odours and moisture control in your home. To keep your hood fan running efficiently and quietly, it is good to check on the filters. Check the manufacturer's instructions for your hood fan on how to clean and ensure these are operating correctly.

Downspouts Down

Water can do a lot of damage to your home, so make sure your downspouts are down and free of debris that can block proper flow. You can add downspout extensions as well to move water farther away from your homes foundation. 

Check Your Sump Pump

For areas in and around Calgary, like Chestermere, Langdon and Cochrane, higher water tables and flood risk mean that many homes have a sump pump in the basement. If your home has one, check in the spring and fall to ensure the pump is operational, the power cord is in good shape, and the pipes are connected and pump turns on when the float is lifted.

For other great tips on home maintenance, check out the Alberta New Home Warranty Program's Guide to the Care & Maintenance of Your New Home page! It has 122 pages of detailed information on how you can best take care of your new home!

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