Your home is one of the biggest investments you have. Just like everything else, your home needs care and maintenance. Most people think they clean up their home, but there are lot of things which need maintenance and care that are overlooked. Keeping up with regular home maintenance tasks will keep you from future headaches and wasted money. Sure, there are lots of cleaning, maintenance, and repairs but getting it accomplished will make your house happy years and years to come.
Some of the ways you can use in maintaining your home include:
Your plumbing system starts from the main or private well which enters your house. However, due to the serious and swift damage that can be caused by water in the home, homeowners should be hardworking enough in completing seasonal maintenance and should always keep an eye out for small leaks before it becomes unmanageable.
Once electricity is run into the house, it is first channelled into the fuse box, and then sent out through wires which runs through the walls and floors. Keeping an eye on the electrical system and knowing if there is trouble are important ways to reduce the risk of fire and endangering your family.
Roof, Gutters, and Sliding Doors
The roofs keeps rain and sun out, and they can be damaged by other hazards. Periodically check your roof for damage. Damaged, discoloured, or gravel-less shingles should be quickly replaced to prevent the need to replace your roof, water-damaged trusses, or drywall when you finally discover a leak.
The gutter plays a vital role in keeping your house dry and one of the main causes of water accumulation in basements is a lack of gutter maintenance and proper water diversion. So its maintenance should not be overlooked.
Sliding doors requires less frequent maintenance than the roof or and gutters. It is an important layer of defence against the element and should be seasonally scrutinized for damage, wear and tear.
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
Their system of operation matters as some of these appliances are used in the summer or winter. Air conditioners are among the most overlooked appliances when it comes to performing house maintenance, however, they can be one of the most costly appliances to repair. There are many things homeowners can do both on their own and with the help of an HVAC expert.
Basement, Foundation, and Drainage System
Keeping water directed away from the house is the vital way of avoiding water disturbance and foundation problems. Also, soil should not be built up around your home to create an obstacle which directs water away. Of utmost importance, the landscaping around the house and the slope of the yard should be checked. If your plot is sloped and directing water towards your home, there is possibility of rain gardens, and drain tiles. Annual lawn maintenance is often required to keep sloping in place.
Water leaking from your toilet tank can cause water damage to your bathroom floor and early wear of your toilet’s internal workings. Regular checks can help in detecting the leak before it goes out of hand.
Regular check on the faucet will make you spot any leak. The washers inside of the faucet handles are rubber and tend to wear out quickly. These should be replaced regularly so that it will not get worse.
Washing Machine and Dryer
Regularly inspect the ends of your washing machine drain lines for discoloration or rust, and replace them immediately. Also, inspect washing machine water supply hoses for leaks. Additionally, check the snugness of the drain.
When it comes to dryer, it is important to make sure that you regularly clean your lint screen to prevent fires, not only will it prevent fire sit will also increase the life of the heating element.
Repainting of a home can be costly. Therefore, having the colour match of your home paint would help in the sense that when you have a part of the wall that is dirty, you quickly repaint, when it dries, it will leave you with a wall that looks though you just painted it.
Do regular check on the door seals because your food depends on it to get cool or frozen. Not doing regular check-up of the coils along the backside and cleaning on it can cause the refrigerator not to work efficiently as it contains the coolant the refrigerator uses to keep the internal temperature cold.
Note: Do not think about the list being too long. You may create a schedule for these items and when you are less busy for a minute or two you easily check up on one or two items. Keeping your home properly maintained will not only saves you money, but it will keep everything in your home in a tiptop shape, increase the lifespan of your appliances and make you live a safer life.