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Neighbors of Kane County

Maintenance checklist can prevent problems

Jun 03, 2016 11:44AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

by Toby Petrie

With daffodils beginning to show, now is a good time to have a look at some basic, spring home maintenance. Here’s a quick checklist to help alert you to issues that may require further assessment and/or repair.


Walk around the exterior of your home:

• Check the roof for any loose or damaged shingles.

• Check for damaged bricks or masonry at chimneys and exterior cladding.

• Gutters should slope toward, and be connected to downspouts. Downspouts should extend away from the building to divert storm water away from the foundation. (Gutter should be cleaned in the spring and again in the fall.)

• Check for loose sections of soffit, fascia, siding, areas of peeling paint or deteriorated wood.

• Check the dryer vent cover and remove any built up lint.

• Check that the ground, sidewalks, patios and driveways all slope away from the building.

• Check for any splintered or deteriorated wood deck boards.

• Clear any vegetation from around the exterior air conditioning unit.


• Replace batteries in smoke detectors and CO detectors.

• Replace the furnace filter.

• Clean the dryer vent duct. The duct can be disconnected from the back of the dryer, then shake the lint loose and vacuum.

• Vacuum the refrigerator coils (at the back of the fridge)

• Test any GFCI electrical receptacles by pressing the “test” button, then pressing the “reset” button.

• Test any sump pumps by following manufacturer’s testing instructions.

• Check interior basement and crawlspace walls for any indication of leaks.

• Shine a flashlight into the attic to check for roof leaks.

With a little attention and a little preventive maintenance, you may be able to identify and address problem areas before they develop into potential costly repairs.

Feel free to contact the Community Development Department at 630-454-2700 if you have any questions. Have a wonderful spring!