When you buy a home, you quickly discover the joys of home maintenance. Sometimes it can be tough to keep up. Some things you can get by with, but there are some things you just cannot ignore.
For this reason, we have this article to help you know the following 6 critical home maintenance steps.
1. Change Your Filters
Clean filters will do two things: One, it keeps dust and particles from entering your HVAC system, and two, it will ensure that the cooled or heated air going through your air ducts is clean.
There are different types of filters, each designed to screen out particles at different levels. Some just filter out dust, while others go further, filtering out allergens and other microscopic particles that can cause potential health problems. The more they filter, the more they cost.
If you suffer from allergies, asthma or other maladies related to air quality, go for the filters that screen out more than regular ones. Also, be sure to get the right size.
2. Inspect Your Roof
Even a roof that appears to be sound may still have issues. Check for shingles that are loose or blistered. If you find moss growing anywhere on your roof, this is a sign of moisture. Basically, if something looks like a problem, it could be a problem.
If you really want to be sure, have a professional come by and take a look at your roof.
3. Trim Your Trees
It really is remarkable how quickly your trees can grow. If they are close to your street and they have branches hanging too far over the road, they can be a hazard. If a storm comes through, the branch could break off, dropping on parked or even moving cars.
But regular tree trimming will help you stay ahead of this.
4. Check Your Plumbing
Did you know that a leaky faucet can waste 5 gallons of water or more every day? If you’re paying for your water, you can imagine the water bill going through the roof. Fix any leaky faucets in the home.
Leaky plumbing can cause a host of other problems. If you have a leaky pipe underneath your bathroom vanity, the water can damage its structure. That damage can turn into holes where leaking water can enter, and then you could have serious mold, prompting further costly repairs. Worse yet, it could be dangerous to yours and your family’s health.
5. Pest Control
If you discover a pest problem, deal with it immediately. They can damage your home and cause health problems for you and your family.
But leave it to the professionals. You avoid being exposed to harmful chemicals, and you’ll get results. Pest control companies can also come by at regular intervals to make sure their work was successful.
6. Check Your Appliances
Appliances are quite often neglected, but it’s easier to maintain them than people make it. In general, you should check connections on all gas appliances, check electrical cords to make sure they are still safe and sound.
Here is a simple maintenance “trick” that you should do to your refrigerator. Pull it out and look at the coil. If it’s dusty, remove the dust by vacuum or by some other means. That dust buildup can cause your refrigerator to lose its ability to cool. If left unchecked, your fridge can break down beyond repair.
Home maintenance is the best thing you can do to keep ahead of most major repairs. Apply these steps to keep your home in good order.