Seasonal Builder Tips from HHI Builders

January: Heating System Check

Kick off the year by ensuring your home stays warm and safe. Schedule an inspection of your heating system to check for any issues. It’s also a good time to replace furnace filters and test your carbon monoxide detectors to keep your indoor air quality high and your family safe.

February: Prevent Frozen Pipes

February’s freeze is a prime time for frozen pipes. Keep your home’s temperature at a consistent warmth, even when you’re not there. Insulate pipes in vulnerable areas like basements, attics, and garages, and know how to shut off your water in case a pipe bursts to prevent damage.

March: Gutter Cleaning

As we welcome spring, ensure your gutters are clear of debris to prevent water damage. Check for proper drainage, tighten any loose brackets, and ensure downspouts direct water away from your home’s foundation to protect against flooding.

April: Exterior Inspection

April’s showers bring May flowers—and the need for a thorough exterior inspection. Look for signs of wear on your roof, siding, and foundation. Repair any damage to prevent leaks. It’s also a great time to plan any outdoor projects before the summer rush.

May: Air Conditioning Tune-up

Before the heat hits, ensure your air conditioning unit is ready to go. Schedule a professional service to clean and tune up your AC. Cleaning or replacing the air filters will improve efficiency and air quality in your home.

June: Window and Door Check

With summer approaching, check the seals around your windows and doors. Caulking or weather stripping can wear out over time, leading to energy loss. Seal any gaps to keep your home cooler and reduce your energy bills.

July: Landscape and Garden Maintenance

July is perfect for tending to your garden and landscaping. Trim overgrown bushes, remove weeds, and mulch your garden beds to conserve moisture and add curb appeal. Consider drought-resistant plants to reduce water usage.

August: Deck and Patio Care

Enjoy your outdoor space safely by inspecting your deck or patio. Look for loose boards or railings and signs of rot or insect damage. Repair any issues and consider resealing wood surfaces to protect against the elements.

September: Prepare for Fall

As temperatures start to drop, prepare your home for fall. Clean or replace your HVAC filters, check your home for drafts, and consider installing storm windows. It’s also a good time to have your chimney cleaned and inspected before you start using your fireplace.

October: Fire Safety Month

In recognition of Fire Safety Month, test all smoke detectors and replace batteries if needed. Review your family’s fire escape plan, ensuring everyone knows what to do and where to go. It’s also wise to have your heating system and any wood-burning stoves inspected.

November: Winterize Your Home

With winter around the corner, take the time to winterize your home. Drain and store outdoor hoses, shut off exterior water faucets to prevent freezing, and insulate windows and doors. Consider having backup power options like a generator in case of power outages.

December: Holiday Lighting Safety

Decorate for the holidays safely. Inspect all lights, cords, and decorations for damage before using them. Use timers to save energy and avoid leaving lights on overnight. Ensure your holiday decorations do not block exits and are away from heat sources.