Strata Owner Maintenance Schedule

A regular schedule of maintenance can deter the most common and costly problems before they occur. Routinely checking these items only takes about a half hour and can save owners and their neighbours considerable personal and financial losses.

Section 1

Year Round Maintenance

  1. Ensure indoor and outdoor air vents (intake, exhaust and forced air) are not blocked by snow or debris.
  2. Check and clean range hood filters on a monthly basis.
  3. Test the ground fault circuit interrupter(s) monthly by pushing the test button, which should then cause the reset button to pop up.
  4. Regularly check the house for safety hazards such as a loose handrail, lifting or buckling carpet, etc.

Section 2

Fall Maintenance

  1. Have furnace or heating system serviced by a qualified service company every two years for a gas furnace, and every year for an oil furnace.
  2. Open furnace humidifier damper on unit’s with central air conditioning and clean humidifier.
  3. Lubricate circulating pump on hot water heating system.
  4. Bleed air from hot water radiators.
  5. Examine the forced air furnace fan belt for wear, looseness or noise; clean fan blades of any dirt build-up (after disconnecting the electricity to the motor first).
  6. Turn ON gas furnace pilot light.
  7. Check and clean or replace furnace air filters each month during the heating season. Ventilation system, such as heat recovery ventilator, filters should be checked every two months.
  8. Vacuum electric baseboard heaters to remove dust.
  9. Remove the grilles on forced air systems and vacuum inside the ducts.
  10. If the heat recovery ventilator has been shut off for the summer, clean the filters and the core, and pour water down the condensate drain to test it.
  11. Clean portable humidifier, if one is used.
  12. Replace screens from the inside of basement windows to allow air from the heating system to keep condensation off window glass.
  13. Ensure all doors to the outside shut tightly, and check other doors for ease of use. Renew door weather-stripping if required.
  14. If there is a door between your house and the garage, check the adjustment of the self-closing device to ensure it closes the door completely.
  15. Ensure windows and skylights close tightly.
  16. Cover outdoor air conditioning units.
  17. Check chimneys for obstructions such as nests.
  18. Drain and store outdoor hoses. Close valve to outdoor hose connection and drain the hose bib (exterior faucet), unless your hose has frost proof hose bibs.
  19. Store outdoor furniture.
  20. Ensure balcony or patio drain is clear and flows properly to prevent water accumulation.

Section 3

Winter Maintenance

  1. Check and clean or replace furnace air filters each month during the heating season. Ventilation system, such as heat recovery ventilator, filters should be checked every two months.
  2. After consulting your hot water tank owner’s manual, drain off a dishpan full of water from the clean-out valve at the bottom of your hot water tank to control sediment and maintain efficiency.
  3. Clean humidifier two or three times during the winter season.
  4. Vacuum bathroom grille.
  5. Vacuum fire and smoke detectors, as dust or spider webs can prevent them from functioning.
  6. Vacuum radiator grilles on back of refrigerator and freezers, and empty and clean drip trays.
  7. Check gauge on all fire extinguishers; recharge or replace if necessary.
  8. Check fire escape routes, door and window locks and hardware, and lighting around outside of house; ensure family has good security habits.
  9. Monitor your home for excessive moisture levels –for example, condensation on your windows, which can cause significant damage over time and pose serious health problems.
  10. Check all faucets for signs of dripping and change washers as needed. Faucets requiring frequent replacement of washers may be in need of repair.
  11. If you have a plumbing fixture that is not used frequently, such as a laundry tub or spare bathroom sink, tub or shower stall, run some water briefly to keep water in the trap.
  12. Clean drains in dishwasher, sinks, bathtubs and shower stalls.
  13. Test plumbing shut-off valves to ensure they are working and to prevent them from seizing.
  14. Ensure that hoses and connections to washing machines and dishwashers are connected properly and not in need of repair or replacement.
  15. Ensure that caulking around showers, bathtubs and toilets is in good repair, replace if necessary.
  16. Examine windows and doors for ice accumulation or cold air leaks. If found, make a note to repair or replace in the spring.
  17. Check electrical cords, plugs and outlets for all indoor and outdoor seasonal lights to ensure fire safety: if worn, or plugs or cords feel warm to the touch, replace immediately.

Section 4

Spring Maintenance

  1. After consulting your hot water tank owner’s manual, carefully test the temperature and pressure relief valve to ensure it is not stuck. (Caution: This test may release hot water that can cause burns.)
  2. Check and clean or replace furnace air filters each month during the heating season. Ventilation system, for example heat recovery ventilator, filters should be checked every two months.
  3. Have fireplaces or woodstove and chimney cleaned and serviced as needed.
  4. Shut down and clean furnace humidifier, and close the furnace humidifier damper on units with central air conditioning.
  5. Check air conditioning system and have serviced every two or three years.
  6. Clean or replace air conditioning filter (if applicable).
  7. Check dehumidifier and clean if necessary.
  8. Turn OFF gas furnace and fireplace pilot lights where possible.
  9. Check smoke, carbon monoxide and security alarms and replace batteries.
  10. Clean windows, screens and hardware. Check screens first and repair or replace if needed.
  11. Open valve to outside hose connection after all danger of frost has passed.
  12. Check eaves troughs and downspouts for loose joints and secure attachments to your home, clear any obstructions, and ensure water flows away from your foundation.
  13. Ensure deck drain is cleared to prevent water accumulation.

Section 5

Summer Maintenance

  1. If you have a plumbing fixture that is not used frequently, such as a laundry tub or spare bathroom sink, tub or shower stall, run some water briefly to keep water in the trap.
  2. Deep clean carpets and rugs.
  3. Vacuum bathroom fan grille.
  4. Disconnect the duct connected to the dryer and vacuum lint from the duct, the areas surrounding your clothes dryer and dryer’s vent hood outside.
  5. Check security of all guardrails and handrails.
  6. Check smooth functioning of all windows and lubricate as required.
  7. Lubricate door hinges and tighten screws as needed.
  8. Lubricate garage door hardware and ensure it is operating properly.
  9. Lubricate automatic garage door opener motor, chain, etc. and ensure that the auto-reverse mechanism is properly adjusted.
  10. Inspect electrical service lines for secure attachment where they enter your house, and make sure there is no water leakage into the house along the electrical conduit.
  11. Check for and repair any holes in exterior cladding that could be an entry point for small pests, such as bats, squirrels.
  12. Sweep chimney connected to any wood burning appliance or fireplace, and inspect them for end-of-season problems.

Although this information reflects housing experts’ current knowledge, it is provided for general information purposes only. Any reliance or action taken based on the information; materials and techniques described are the responsibility of the user.

For more information on Strata Maintenance in the Greater Vancouver area, give Ascent Real Estate Management Corporation Management Corporation a call at 604-431-1800.


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