Ultimate Home Maintenance Checklist
As a homeowner, you know there is no shortage of tasks on your weekend to-do list. However, between taking care of the exterior, interior, and everything inside the walls of your home, it can be easy to forget a few important tasks here and there. In order to make sure all your T’s are crossed and your I’s are dotted when it comes to your home, here’s your ultimate home maintenance checklist.
Change Your Air Filters
This is one of the easiest maintenance tasks you can do. Each month, swap out that dirty filter in your HVAC system for a clean one. If you have a reusable filter, use soap and water to wipe it clean of any dust and gunk that is built up on it. As we’ve told you before, a dirty filter can lead to a number of problems with your HVAC system, so this is one task you won’t want to forget.
Clean Your Range Hood
You probably don’t give much thought to the filter in your range hood, but all you probably have to do is swipe your finger across it to realize how dirty it is. Like an HVAC filter, if your range hood filter is not clean, fumes can’t escape your kitchen while you're cooking and will, instead, spread to the rest of your home. Each month, clean the filter by wiping it down with soap and water.
Flush Your Disposal
Over time, gunk can build up inside your garbage disposal and create odors that can permeate to the rest of your home. Once a month, pour baking soda and white vinegar down your disposal, let it sit for a few minutes, then run the disposal with cold water. Follow up by tossing a few ice cubes and lemon peels down it, then run it once more. This will ensure you have a clean, odor-free garbage disposal to use.
Check Your Water Softener
While your water softener doesn't require too much maintenance, it's important to check it a few times a year to ensure that it has enough salt and is functioning properly. If you think the salt is low, or you're noticing signs of hard water in your home again, add some salt to the tank. If the problem persists, call a professional for help.
Recaulk Your Home
The caulk sealing around your windows, doors, and other areas is essential for keeping treated air in your home and preventing energy-wasting drafts. At least once a year, inspect these areas and recaulk any spots that are worn down or loose.
Flush Your Drains
With all the soap, dirt, and hair that can flow down your drains, you could easily find yourself with a nasty clog. To prevent this, pour baking soda and white vinegar down your shower and sink drains, followed by some hot water. Doing this every other month keep your drains free of any clog-causing gunk.
Vacuum Your Dryer Duct
You probably already clean your dryer’s lint trap every time you do laundry — but when was the last time you took a look at the duct itself? If your dryer duct is clogged with lint, it will not only prevent your dryer from functioning properly, but it can also be a major fire hazard. To avoid any potential problems, disconnect the duct, followed by vacuuming out any built up lint inside of it; do this at least twice a year.
Turn On Unused Plumbing
If you have faucets or toilets that aren't used too often, such as those that are located outside or in a guest room, turn them on or flush them every so often to assure that they still work properly. If you notice any leaks coming from them, or water won't flow at all, you'll need to call a plumber for potential repairs.
Deep Clean Your Carpets
Even if you vacuum regularly, dirt, pollen, dust, and other particles can bury themselves deep in your carpets. Not only can this make your carpets look physically dirty, but those particles make for poor indoor air quality. Rent a carpet cleaner and use a strong cleaning agent or hire a professional to deep clean your carpets and completely rid them of any negative debris.
Schedule HVAC Tune-Ups
While we are sure that you follow our advice and perform regular maintenance on your HVAC unit, it's still essential to have a professional technician inspect and tune up your unit at least twice a year. Only a trained eye will be able to spot tiny problems and fix them before they get worse. Plus, professional tune-ups are often required to keep your system's warranty valid.
Flush Your Hot Water Heater
Over time, sediments can build up at the bottom of your water heater tank and cause your unit to be inefficient and potentially dangerous. Twice a year, use a garden hose and bucket to flush your tank and rid it of any sediment build-up.
Clean Your Gutter
It's not the most glamorous job, but every so often (especially after a big storm), inspect your gutters and clean them out to rid the presence of any leaves, twigs, or other debris. If they're clogged, they won't be able to do their job and water will flow back on to your house or down to your foundation, rather than away from your home as it should.
Inspect Your Roof
Since your roof is the first line of defense against any danger from nature, it's essential to ensure that it's in good shape. A few times a year, walk around your yard and take a closer look at your roof. If you notice any shingles are cracked, warped, torn, or missing entirely, have those repairs made to avoid any potential water or other damage to your home.
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