With spring just around the corner, it’s time to start taking stock of winter’s impact on your home. Snow, ice and wind can not only damage the exterior of a home, but can affect the internal environment as well.
And, if you are an owner of a newly built home or condominium that is less than seven years old, household maintenance can be essential to protecting your new home warranty.
This warranty, guaranteed by Tarion, comes with almost all new homes in Ontario. It protects homeowners from a host of issues, including: water penetration through the basement or foundation walls; defects in the electrical, plumbing and heating systems; and, major structural damage.
The peace of mind this warranty offers goes hand-in-hand with a responsibility to perform regular home maintenance to ensure your home stays covered under warranty. Here are some spring maintenance tips to keep your new home in good shape:
- Clear eavestroughs of debris and extend downspouts so that water is directed away from your home. Water that flows around the foundation could eventually find its way into the basement;
- Have your roof inspected by a professional to ensure shingles, flashing and chimney caps have made it through the winter in good shape and are sealed properly;
- Check your attic, your basement and crawl spaces for leaks or moisture. Identify any musty smells and odours, as they are often an indicator that there is a hidden moisture problem;
- Fix any caulking around windows and doors and on the roof if it is cracked or separated;
- Clean or replace your furnace filter, and check air ducts, remove covers and vacuum dust from vents;
- Check/clean the heat recovery ventilator (HRV); wash or replace the filter;
- Clean your humidifier and check for condensation and proper humidity levels inside your home;
- Check driveways and walks for frost damage.
It’s important to remember that year-round maintenance – not just in the spring – helps to ensure that your home and its statutory warranty is protected. Information about regular maintenance and warranty coverage can be found in the Homeowners section of our website.