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1. YOUR LAND SLOPE IS CHANGED?

Throughout the year, you will notice that your ground changes because it undergoes diverse disturbances according to the seasons. Having said that, it may happen that these new drops have a serious impact on your property and that is why it is important to pay a particular attention during the thaw. The first check up would be the slope degree for an effective drainage.

2. WATER IS WELL MANAGED?

The second verification would be to take a look at edges and gutters. For the windows edges, be sure that they are cleared and very airy to avoid the slightest accumulation of water and keep the basement the driest as possible. As for gutters, verify that the water is well controlled towards a drained surface. It is required to repair any slightest cracks and to clear the way.

3. THE WATERPROOFNESS NEEDS IMPROVEMENT?

The third check also concerns water infiltrations. It is important to be aware that the exterior sealing is not dry or y cracked (windows, air inlets, air vent etc.). To avoid redoing the joints of silicone every year, it is better to use a resistant product to prevent rifts in case of intense cold.

4. OVERVIEW OF THE ROOF

In the spring, it is also important to monitor the roof to ensure that it is clear, dry and corrosion-free for a metal roofing. Also, if the curve appears uneven or depressed, pay particular attention.

5. THE DRAIN IS DOING GREAT?

The fifth recommendation is to take a look at the bilge pump or the drain to make sure it is working well. Of course, it is not the easiest task because the access is often limited but it is crucial to take the time each year. The system can be blocked, dried or pierced.

6. THE AIR IS FRESH?

It is essential to verify the situation of the ventilation system and the air conditioning especially before the hot season. It is possible that the filter is needed to be changed (twice a year normally) and some devices are even proposing to have an alert when it is required. Also, brushing the ducts is a good practice because it can improve the aeration quality.

7. THE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THE HOOD

In the kitchen, we suggest to clean the hood filter and to do a degreasing. Do these two steps allows an economy of energy and improve air circulation. Also, don’t forget to take a look at the non-return valves (hood and dryer) outside.

8. THE ATTIC

Going once a year in the attic is not the best activity but it gives the opportunity to evaluate the isolation efficiency and to notice if there are important heat losses. In certain cases, the heat losses can reach 30%. The condensation and the cold temperature of the ceiling are indicators of an inefficient isolation.

Sources :

http://www.qualitehabitation.com/la-garantie-qualite-habitation/guide-d-entretien#.WxbOpVXhC70

https://www.caaquebec.com/fr/a-la-maison/conseils/capsules-conseils/conseil/show/sujet/printemps-inspection-et-entretien-de-votre-maison-aide-memoire/