Your March Home Maintenance Checklist

Your March Home Maintenance Checklist

Posted: March 09 2022

Your monthly home maintenance checklist is here! Check out all the items Alberta New Home Warranty suggests you take care of this month to ensure a happy, healthy home!

Clean Humidifier

Over time, the repeated evaporation of water will leave mineral deposits in the humidifier. Dust circulating through the furnace will also deposit in the humidifier. This debris can create a breeding ground for various types of mould and bacteria so it’s important to clean the humidifier on a monthly basis. A number of anti-scale products can simplify the cleaning process. If the unit has a float valve, make sure it opens and shuts down the flow of water to maintain the desired water level (unit will have a water line indicator).

Check Sump Pump

Make sure you are prepared to manage water if it does enter the basement. Check your sump pit and pump in the spring and fall to ensure the pump is operational, the power cord is in good shape, the pipes are connected and the pump turns on when the float is lifted. As a homeowner, you are responsible to make sure systems put in place are maintained and working as intended to prevent unnecessary water damage to your property.

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:
“March Maintenance Checklist.” Alberta New Home Warranty Program, 2 Mar. 2021, anhwp.com/2021/03/01/march-maintenance-checklist/. 
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