5 Home Maintenance Tasks You Shouldn’t Forget

Maintenance Tasks

Part of being a good homeowner is making sure your home stays properly maintained, so you don’t have larger issues to deal with down the road. Here are five important home maintenance tasks that often get forgotten.

Changing Air Filters
A dirty air filter can restrict air flow making your HVAC system work harder and less efficiently. It will also not be able to filter out the dust and allergens as well as it should. Most filters need to be replaced every three to six months, but check with your filter’s recommendation. Tip: Write the date you replaced the filter on the outside edge to help remind you when you installed it.

Cleaning Dryer Vents
Clogged dryer vents (the pipe that vents your dryer outside your home) cause numerous house fires ever year. Homeowners and renters should have the vent cleaned annually to help drastically reduce the chance of a house fire. You can hire a professional to clean and service the vent, or you may be able to pick up a DIY brush and pole kit at your local hardware store that connects to any standard battery-powered drill. If you haven’t had your vent cleaned in a few years, make sure to get it serviced right away.

Checking Fire Extinguishers
We assume your home has a few fire extinguishers around it (if not, it should!) Many people do not realize that fire extinguishers don’t last forever, even if they haven’t been used. Make sure to check the pressure gauge on your fire extinguishers at least four times a year to ensure the needle is still in the green zone. Also check that the hose does not look cracked or worn. If it does, make sure to replace it immediately.

Cleaning Gutters
Gutters should be cleared of leaves and debris and inspected for leaks once or twice a year to ensure they are working properly. Clogged gutters can pool water, creating a breeding ground for mosquitos or even water damage to your home. Once the gutters have been cleared, run a hose or bucket of water through the gutters starting at the furthest end from the down spout. Take note of any leaks and caulk them once the gutter is dry.

Sealing Leaks Around Doors and Windows
Rubber seals and caulking around doors and windows wear out over time, becoming less effective at preventing heating and cooling loss. Make sure to check for hot/cool spots and repair them immediately. A properly sealed home can help reduce energy costs and keep out unwanted pests like ants.

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