Home Maintenance Tips to Prevent Home Disasters

Home maintenance can be time-consuming but it’s worthwhile. Actually, it’s not gonna take you too much time and you can definitely complete it within a day or even less. Trust me, every homeowner needs a regular home maintenance routine because it will save you money and headaches in the long run. Plus, it helps you stay away from possible risks (i.e. fire). Follow this checklist to avoid any disasters that may pop up.

Monthly Maintenance Checklist: 

  • Use vinegar to clean faucet aerators and shower heads. It helps to get rid of mineral deposits.
  • Inspect your dishwasher and see if any leaks.
  • Don’t forget to clean the kitchen exhaust fan filter and fan blades.
  • During the Fall and Winter season, check you heating system air filter and replace it if needed.
  • Maintain drains by pouring boiling water down of it. In case of clogs, pour a cup of baking soda into the drain – flush with three cups of hot water. If that doesn’t work, use one-half cup of baking soda and then pour one-half cup of plain vinegar down the drain.
  • Pour water down any unused drains.
  • Vacuum heat registers, vents, and refrigerator coils.
  • Test ground fault circuit (GFI) interrupters in your home.

Annual Maintenance Checklist: 

  • Inspect exterior walls and seal exterior cracks in stucco.
  • Touch up exterior paint.
  • Drain water heater and check pressure valve.
  • Re-caulk showers, tubs and sinks to prevent water damage to walls.
  • Maintain a contract with a pest control company to prevent or eliminate insect infestations such as termites or carpenter ants.
  • Inspect hot water heat system radiators and convectors.
  • Septic tanks should be checked and cleaned once a year.
  • Check the pressure and expiration date on all of your fire extinguishers.
  • Check your clothes dryer vent and hose for lint buildup. Clean if necessary to prevent a fire.
  • Contact a roofing professional to check for leaks, loose shingles, or broken tiles.
  • Schedule a chimney cleaning (if you don’t use your fireplace very much this can be done every two years.)
  • Give your carpeting a professional cleaning.
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