19 Dec Ten household maintenance practices you should be doing but aren’t
Whether you are a first-time buyer or a long-time homeowner you know that your sanctuary comes with work. Since it’s the time of the year that we begin thinking about New Year’s Resolutions, why not make one to take better care of yourself AND your home.
Aside from the obvious cleaning, pruning and paint touch ups there are steps required to keep your home running smoothly for years to come. Here are Ten household maintenance practices you should be doing but aren’t:
1. Air Conditioner
Starting this puppy in the winter months is probably the last thing on your mind. But did you know starting it twice during the cold will help the mechanical parts running tip top? Start it up and leave it on for a few minutes- before turning the heat back to full blast!
Vacuum the tracks and lubricate the hinges to keep everything operating smoothly and prevent unsightly buildup. Depending on where you live this could be necessary monthly or yearly.
3. Garage Doors
The tracks of your garage door should be lubricated twice a year to keep it running smoothly and quietly! This will also extend the life of your system. Also, check that the keepers are tightened to avoid sagging.
4. Water Heater
You should partially drain your water heater once a year to save energy, extend the life and promote efficiency.
5. Ceramic Tile Grout
Ceramic tile is beautiful, to prevent leaks and keep it looking great it should be sealed yearly. Any cracks should also be taken care of with a filling grout specific caulking.
6. Garbage Disposal
Toss in a few ice cubes to clean and sharpen the blades monthly. If you have a funky smell, throw in a lemon slice as well.
7. Irrigation Sprinklers
We have all seen those sprinklers that a just spraying the pavement. To avoid being that guy, be sure to check and redirect your water spray twice a year. In addition to saving water and looking smart you’ll be preventing stains and potential rotting.
8. Furnace Filter Change
Twice a year to maintain your furnaces efficiency and energy savings. Plus, it helps remove dust and pollen- dirty filters can’t do their job.
9. Bathroom Caulking
Twice a year be sure to seal joints that reside in wet areas to prevent leaks, rot, mold and mildew. You have enough mildew to battle in the bathroom give yourself a break by being proactive.
If you have a new home, be sure to test your electrical wiring connections within the first 2 years. This will help prevent fire hazards and open circuits.
Once a year take a closer look at your roof, gutters, sidewalks, drywall for any abnormalities or potential problems (roots, overhanging trees, holes etc.) By checking in once a year you will be able to take the small extra effort required to prevent any future problems before they get too big (and expensive).
To keep this checklist fresh, and on your to-do list, why not set it and forget it by putting it in your calendar now!