Did you know that the most common home repairs can cost anywhere from $100 up to $6,000+? One of the best ways to reduce unexpected headaches is by creating a home maintenance checklist. It can be difficult to decide where to start when it comes to home upkeep, so we are here to help.
We have put together this guide to share the tasks that will help you ensure your home is staying up to par. Read on to learn more.
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No matter what season it is, you want to keep up with checking your water softener. One of the worst things for your appliances, and pipes is hard water. Hard water will also make cleaning more difficult because of all the mineral buildup.
Take the time to look inside your brine tank every month to ensure it is half full and refill it as needed.
You also want to clean out your HVAC filters every month. If they are filthy then it is best to replace them instead. Staying on top of your air filters will extend the life of your unit because it will work efficiently, plus improve the quality of the air in your home.
If you have a garbage disposal, you want to clean this every month as well. A simple way to clean it is by putting a few ice cubes and citrus peels into the garbage disposal and turning it on while you have water running in it. This is an easy way to break down food build-up while making it smell clean.
When spring comes around you want to do a bit of maintenance outside your home. Take the time to lay new mulch in your flowerbeds because it will protect your plants from cold snaps while protecting them from drought.
You also want to grab your ladder and clean your gutters. If you don’t take the time to do this the debris and leaves can lead to water damage. This is why K-Guard is a good investment.
Also, take the time to check the plumbing around your entire home during spring. Especially if you live in an area with a harsh winter. You want to take the time to check for signs of corrosion, or leaking, and inspect the pipes, the water heater, and all the supply lines.
Another important task to tackle during the spring is testing the sump pump. If your sump pump stops working you can find yourself in knee-deep water. To test it, pour water into the pit where your sump pump is and wait for it to turn on.
If it doesn’t turn on then you need to repair it or replace it.
During the summer take the time to check your entire sprinkler system. Make sure that all the sprinkler headers are upright and that there are no clogs in the line.
If you have ceiling fans, take the time to reverse all the ceiling fans to rotate counterclockwise. This will help keep your rooms cooler because the cool air will be pushed downward.
Pests, bugs, and rodents always come with summer. Set up traps to keep ants, mice, and bugs from taking over. If you end up dealing with a termite infestation or raccoons taking over then you will have to call a professional pest control service.
During the summer you will also have to take a close look at your home’s foundation. The key is to catch any signs of a problem before it gets out of control.
With cooler months, fall is the perfect time to take out your power washer and get rid of any dirt, grime, and spiderwebs around your home’s exterior. Also, make sure that you keep up with raking up the leaves that fall off the trees.
Allowing leaves to sit around will kill your lawn and with the first snowfall, they will be covered up. Keep in mind that leave piles are a perfect hiding place for rodents and bugs. For those that would rather not rake leaves, you can use a lawn mower to shred the leaves and force them to break down faster.
If you have a pool, this is the time to close it up before winter sets in. Take out any pool accessories and deep clean the entire pool. Don’t forget to alter the chemistry of the water to keep the water at its best during the cold winter months and to prevent your pool from getting ruined.
For those that leave their homes during the winter months, take the time to winterize your pipes. This will prevent water from freezing inside of them and exploding. The easiest way to do this is to turn off the water at its source and then turn on all the faucets in the house until there is no more water coming out of them.
Anytime you see icicles forming on your roof eaves, use a roof rake to remove the snow without damaging the siding or your roof. Also, if you notice any thick blocks of solid ice forming, you want to remove them instead of allowing them to sit on your roof.
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Now that you have learned our top tips to ease the burden of regular home maintenance, you can create the perfect home maintenance checklist for you.
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