We all know the things we probably “should” be doing in our home to keep things running efficiently and helping to prevent potential large, costly problems. However… we all know that actually getting those little things done around the house is an entirely different story! Having been in the home repair industry for over 12 years now, I can attest to how incredibly valuable keeping up with regular home maintenance can be. We have experienced countless situations where a very expensive problem could have been fixed by something as small as checking for leaks. Do yourself, and your home, a favor this year and give your house the TLC it deserves.
We’ve put together a list of maintenance tips broken out by month to help keep that to-do list manageable. Check them out and stay tuned for February’s maintenance tips next month!
Home Maintenance Tips
By following these steps you’ll avoid expensive repairs later and keep your home safe & efficient. See the “Home Maintenance” page for more details.
• Clear Out Your Dryer Vent Hose – U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission studies show 15,600 home fires are caused each year by lint blocking dryer vent hoses, killing or injuring 390 people and causing over $75 Million in damage. Of 26 home equipment based causes of home fires, this is # 3 out of 26. (# 1 and # 2 are gas & electric stoves). It’s easy to protect your family, just use a flexible brush long enough to go the entire length of the hose to clean it out.
• Check All Faucets and sinks for Leaks & Drainage – Leaks can damage the insides of walls, cause dangerous mold to build up and cost you. Visually check for leaks and check drain speed by filling up sinks and watching how fast they drain. If you’ve noticed water build up in the sink while using it, it’s at least partially clogged. Use a natural product like Bio-Clean to unclog drainpipes.
• Inspect Tile, Grout and Caulking for Cracks – Grout is the material between tiles and caulk is between tiles and glass or in the corners. Cracks can let water through causing unseen damage and providing a breeding ground for dangerous molds. Remove existing caulk or grout and thoroughly clean before replacing. An individual cracked tile can be removed by carefully using a ceramic drill to start a hole and then break it out.
• Change Furnace Air Filters – Filter out allergens and keep your furnace running efficiently by changing your air filters. We recommend microbial type filters. Change monthly or as recommended by manufacturer.
• Test All Smoke or Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Push the button on the unit to check it – a few minutes doing this each month could save your family’s life in a fire. Plan on changing the batteries twice a year.
• Check Doors for Squeaks, Bumpers, and Proper Closing – A door knob going through drywall can cost up to $200 to repair, so check and replace door bumpers as needed. For squeaks, use WD-40 and for uneven closing, get longer hinge screws. As you tighten the longer screws you can adjust the door up or down to make it close properly.