Other

Here are some of the other things WickesWorks can help you with

Porches, decks and landscaping
  • Check for loose handrails, banisters, and stair coverings. Buckled or cracked walks should be repaired.
  • Trees should be healthy, have good root structure, and placed at a safe distance from the home.
  • Trim shrubbery branches away from siding to help prevent insect and moisture damage. Mulch and earth should be kept eight inches below siding.
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and change batteries once a year or as needed.
  • Replace units every eight to 10 years.
Foundations and Basements
  • Check foundations for signs of settling. Foundation walls should not appear to be bulging or shifting. Any cracks should be repaired.
  • Look in basement and crawl spaces for dampness and leakage. Standing water could be a sign of improper drainage, which can weaken the foundation.
  • Test your sump pump before the start of every wet season. Battery-operated back-up sump pumps can help protect against power failure or failure of the primary pump.
Plumbing
  • Look around and under appliances and fixtures for leaks or signs of wear.
  • Make sure that shutoff valves at all fixtures and the main water line are working, and check them annually.
  • Insulate or relocate all exposed water pipes to protect them from freezing and bursting. Think about replacing your outdoor water faucets with frost-proof sill cocks.
  • Consider installing an automatic water shutoff system.
  • Replace washing machine water hoses every three to five years as part of a proactive maintenance plan.
  • Check ice-maker and dishwasher lines for kinks or leaky connections.
  • Check your water heater. Most water heaters last eight to 12 years. Wet spots on the floor or a rusted tank may signal a problem. Water heaters should be installed on the lowest level of the home and always be located next to a floor drain.
Electrical and mechanical systems
  • Have heating and cooling professionals check your air conditioning and furnace. Consider about having your air ducts cleaned.
  • Have an electrician inspect your electrical system for safety and performance.
  • Plug sensitive electronic equipment and appliances into UL-listed surge protector power strips.
  • Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct and damper, and the space under the dryer. Poor maintenance allows lint to build up in the exhaust duct and may cause a fire.