Home Maintenance Guide
AB Homes has put together an easy home maintenance guide. Outside the perimeters of your 2-10 Home BuyersWarranty, there are systems in your home that will need to be inspected or maintained on a regular basis. Most are simple tasks you can handle yourself, such as changing air filters and testing your circuit breaker. To keep you on track, we’ve compiled the tasks you’ll need to perform periodically in the following AB Homes Home Maintenance Guide.
Air Conditioning and Heating
Air filters should be replaced every month. Make sure to keep your outside unit clear of debris. Check your manufacturers’ instructions for scheduled routine maintenance.
Read through your manufacturer booklets and warranties.
Check caulking around your home yearly. Over time, caulk can shrink or dry, no longer providing an adequate seal. Re-caulk all areas around your home as needed.
Concrete is not a warrantied item. Cracks will naturally occur on concrete flatwork, such as garages, driveways, sidewalks, porches, and patios from movement and temperature changes.
In addition, your vehicle can pick up chemicals from roadways and then drip onto your concrete. It is recommended that you wash all chemicals off the concrete.
Drainage and Grading
The grade around your home has been inspected and approved for proper drainage. Over time, sediment can wash out around the foundation, septic system, and driveway, and as a result, drainage may become obstructed and need to be fixed to prevent further damage.
The wood in your home can become dry over time because of natural climate changes. This can cause drywall to crack, create nail pops or expose visible seams. This is very common with new builds. These items are addressed in our 11 month inspection.
It is important to know where your breaker panel is located. When a circuit breaker trips, look for the switch that is in a tripped position. Turn it off before switching it on again.
Once a month, check your GFCI receptacles by pressing the test button and then press the reset button. Faulty appliances or too many appliances turned on at the same time can trip GFCI receptacles, and they’ll need to be reset.
If you have a gas fireplace, expect a slight delay between switching it on and the ignition of the flame. If there is a heavy gas smell or a large ignition, be sure to shut off the main gas supply and report it to the gas company.
Some squeaking from the floor is normal and is due to temperature changes, humidity and furniture placement. Floors will deflect and bend when you walk on them. This is normal.
There is a main gas shut-off on the propane bottle. If you suspect a gas leak, turn off the gas, and contact the gas company.
Gutters and Downspouts
Periodically remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts. Debris can clog downspouts and make the gutters overflow.
Crawlspace insulation should be inspected yearly to check for any insulation that has fallen. If that happens, insulation should be reinstalled to keep it off the ground.
Make sure you fertilize your newly seeded lawn six to seven weeks after installation. Follow a fall or spring fertilization program for best results. Mow the lawn to maintain it to a 2 ½ inch to 3-inch length, but do not mow when wet to avoid tracking and damage.
If there are any plumbing leaks, shut off the water and call 2-10 Home Warranty. The main water shut-off is where the main water pipe enters your home. Smaller shut-offs for the toilets are next to the toilets.
Be sure to always have heat in the winter to avoid freezing pipes. Another way to prevent freezing pipes is to drip the faucets to keep water flowing through the pipes.
Your roof should be fairly maintenance free and last for years. During heavy winds, shingles may be lifted but permanent damage likely won’t occur. Be sure to call your homeowner insurance company if a storm damages your roof.
If you have a septic system, solids need to be periodically pumped out by a professional company. Be aware of the location of your septic tank and drain field and never plant trees or drive vehicles over the area.
Do not clean siding with chemicals, steel wool or brushes. Siding expands and contracts with temperature changes and sometimes slight waves will develop. This is normal and can’t be avoided.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Regularly replace batteries and clean the detectors to avoid false alarms. Do not wait for the electrical system to beep before replacing batteries.
Use the twice-annual clock change for daylight savings time as a reminder to change their batteries.
Always use fans in the bathrooms to prevent steam from your bathtub and shower and use the vent in the kitchen when cooking. Some kitchen stove hoods have vent filters that can either be cleaned or replaced.
Refer to the manufacturer’s guide and warranty for your specific water heater model.
Do not open your well cap for any reason. If needed, call a licensed well installer for service.
If a window sticks or you must apply excessive pressure to open it, use a silicone lubricant. It is available at hardware stores.
There are holes at the bottom of the window frame called weep holes. They allow drainage during heavy rains from the bottom channel of the window frame drains, so keep them free of debris. It is normal for water to collect in the bottom channel before draining during heavy rains.
Shrinkage of wood is normal over the first two years of owning a home. Maintain the temperature in your home to minimize shrinkage. Caulk and touchup paint can be used for corrections to shrinkage areas.
Do you want more information about home maintenance? Click here for a guide from 2-10 Home Warranty.
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AB Homes is a custom new home builder in Suffolk Virginia, Isle of Wight County, and in the surrounding cities and counties of Hampton Roads Virginia. We build new, affordable single-family homes for all stages of life, including single people, families, retirees, and the military. With many floor plans to choose from, AB Homes builds on large lots and include a home warranty. We are a Class A Licensed contractor and a VA Loan Approved Builder.
The information in this guide are suggestions for home maintenance. Please refer to specific documentation for each of your home systems.