Written By Katharin Schaefer
Home maintenance can be intimidating, but don’t worry I’ve already done the research needed to become a home maintenance master. Now you can be one too!
Why maintain your home? A crack in the window, overflowing gutters, and all other small things build up over time. It may not seem like a huge issue now, but it could become a bigger issue or cause another issue if not properly taken care of. Here is a list of the top things to make sure are in perfect order to avoid larger issues down the road.
1. Clean Your Gutters!
Nobody wants to do it, it’s tedious and time consuming and uncomfortable. It is SO important. If your gutters aren’t clear, then the water draining from your roof will back up and cause issues in multiple areas. It could cause water damage to your roof or even rotting wood at the base of your roof! So don’t procrastinate this job.
2. Change Filters!
Air filters don't just help to improve the air quality in your home, they protect your heating system equipment from damage, too. The Environmental Protection Agency calls changing dirty furnace filters the most important maintenance task for optimizing your heating system's energy efficiency.
3. Check For Water!
Water readily collects at the bottom of basement walls, and makes its way through basement floors as the result of rising hydrostatic pressure. Often it’s hidden behind the skirting’s, carpets and laminate floors we install to conceal the concrete foundation. After that, you have to remove the covering and get to the root of the problem.
Dust is actually composed of items like human skin cells, fabric fibers, pet dander, dust mite excrement, as well as dirt and debris being tracked inside. Dust on surfaces can make surfaces look dingy and dirty. Dust can actually cause scratching and damage to household surfaces. Dust also presents allergy and breathing problems for many groups of people.
5. Check The Windows!
Over the winters seals around doors and windows can become worn and damaged leaving your home less energy efficient. Inspect weather-stripping around windows and doors. If needed, replace it to save energy and cut down on air conditioning costs.
6. Water Heater
A water heater needs to be properly drained as part of its regular maintenance. Draining helps ensure the long life of your water heater by flushing out minerals and other debris that may cause it to malfunction. If you do not properly maintain your water heater, it may cease to function altogether or result in cold bursts of water when least expected.
Keeping your home in good condition doesn’t need to cause a headache. Keeping up on routine maintenance will result in fewer disasters and long lasting happiness in your home!