House Maintenace things to do right now

With every passing year, your house will undoubtedly go through the ringer. Harsh winters, long summers with very little rain, or endless downpours. And that is just the outside. The inside of the home deals with all the foot traffic, spilt drinks, squeaking hinges, tiny patches of damp, and peeling wallpaper. There are a few maintenance items that you should take care of regularly to keep your home comfortable and safe.

Every Spring head out and walk around the exterior of the house.

  • Check all the drainages and gutters, clean them out too
  • Pay attention to the brickwork are there any cracks?
  • Inspect the areas which don’t see any sunlight
  • Clean off any mould or mildew with a bleach solution (one-part water and one-part bleach, dampen the wall with plain water first to stop the wall absorbing)
  • Check all the window fittings and if needed reseal them
  • Pull out all the dead weeds, plants and shrubs out from next to the house

Biannually you should get the following things looked at either by a professional or yourself if you are comfortable to do so.

Water heaters need to have their valves tested often. Getting this checked will prevent any mineral build up or corrosion which will help guard against leaks.

Get your house deep cleaned – you can do this yourself, but a pair of fresh eyes can make it easier. Dirt, grime and dust build up quickly in places that you don’t regularly clean, like under household appliances, corners of bookcases and other large furniture that doesn’t get. This will help fend off any dangerous, or damaging mold, mildews and allergens.

Get your electrics checked. If your electrics aren’t taken care of by a professional like itselectriccharlotte.com, then you are at risk of them blowing, cutting out, and electrical fires. Electricity is a vital part of the home and keeping it well maintained is imperative.

Replace the batteries in all your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors – they don’t always sound an alarm when the battery is running out. Set a reminder to do this.

Run taps and flush toilets in unused spaces, just to keep the water flowing well.

Vacuum your refrigerator coils. Hidden away out of view, they gather dust until the point that they can no longer release heat properly. Keep them clean, and you’ll lower your energy bills and lessen the likelihood you’re going to be facing a nasty repair bill soon.

Get your HVAC seen to. Replace your air filter every 90 days, without fail. In the summer turn off water to the furnace humidifier, in Fall turn the water back on. Ensure there is always 2 feet of space around outdoor AC & heat units. Your AC unit should still be on level ground, as firm as possible, if you are in the market for a new AC as they do wear out, you can get an air conditioning replacement. Be sure to clean out the AC condensate drain with a bleach and water solution every year.

By keeping on top of these jobs, you will save money in the long run and avoid costly repairs, or be having to replace significant items in the home.  

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