Term: Maintenance

A regular process of inspection, cleaning and minor repairs of building elements and exterior systems. Cleaning removes dirt, impurities, or extraneous matter as required on a regular basis, such as removing leaves from gutters and drains in the fall or cleaning lint from dryer vents. Minor repairs encompass small projects that reinstate failed elements such as areas of cracked sealant or peeling paint.

Source: EcoVillage Homeowner Handbook; Building Science for Building Enclosures

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