Your February Home Maintenance Checklist

Your February Home Maintenance Checklist

Posted: February 10 2022

Since it’s February, we want to remind you to LOVE your new home investment! Here’s this month’s guide to a happy home.

Check Your Roof for Ice Dams

Regions that experience snow with above freezing temperatures during the day and below freezing at night are prone to what is called “ice dams” or “ice damming”. As the ice accumulates, it will act as a dam, preventing water from flowing and may cause leaks in your home. To avoid ice dams, be sure to clear snow off of your roof, especially around vents.

Pour A Bucket Of Water Into The Floor Drain In Basement

Virtually all draining fixtures feature a water-filled ‘P’ trap. This trap holds a few cups of water to prevent sewer gases from entering your home. If a sink, bathtub or floor drain has not been used for an extended time, the water in the trap can evaporate. To re-establish a seal and keep sewer gases from entering your home, simply pour a few cups of water down the drain.   A blocked drain is the most common plumbing issue and can lead to a sewage back-up. If you experience a back-up from the main sewer line in the basement during a heavy rain, contact your builder, your insurer and your municipality. The issue may involve the municipal sewage system and will be beyond the control of your builder.  

Check & Test Smoke Detector Batteries

Test your smoke detectors monthly by pressing the ‘test’ button. An American study found that when a home smoke detector fails, it tends to fail totally as opposed to a creeping failure (e.g. loss of sensitivity over time). Regular testing will find a faulty detector quickly and ensure your family is protected.

Clean Range Hood Filters

Kitchen range hoods are an important part of your home’s ventilation system. They remove odours and improve indoor air quality. Cooking also generates significant airborne moisture which can cause window condensation and mould. A range hood helps draw this moisture out of the home. Filters in the throat of the hood must be kept clean to keep your fan running efficiently and quietly. Some range hood fans are interconnected with the operation of the furnace fan. To ensure this feature continues to work, you must keep the sensor located in the throat of the hood clean. Maintenance or replacement of filters should be in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. Most kitchen exhaust fans have sealed bearings and do not require lubrication.1
Resources: 16, Yolanda Pasion February, et al. “February Maintenance Checklist.” Alberta New Home Warranty Program, 12 Feb. 2021,

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