There is always something new you can learn about your home. No matter how we perceive it, houses are still vulnerable to various kinds of damage. Like anything else, they will start exhibiting signs of wear and tear. The best thing we can do in this case is perform regular maintenance prolonging its life expectancy.
Home appliances are in the same boat. They also require a lot of attention and without them; we are unable to maintain our home. So, we also have to check them once in a while.
Here are some of the tips that will help you both with your appliances and home in general.
- Start by changing your HVAC filters. They should be changed at least once per month. This is especially important for individuals with allergies. However, most of the homeowners will not be as vigilant.
- If you have a fire extinguisher, you should check it from time to time. Make sure it still works and that there is no damage. You never know when you will use it.
- Kitchen sink disposal should be cleaned from time to time. If possible, do not use strong chemicals for this task. They tend to destroy pipes. Instead, try with some natural solution.
- Similarly to fire extinguishers, some homes have carbon dioxide detectors. They are a preventive measure which may save you from fire one day. Sometimes, batteries may run out in them. There is no indication which can tell you that this has happened. Because of it, you will stay oblivious. As a precautionary measure, change batteries every couple of months.
- Check your furnace. As the winter approaches, it will have to be in a perfect working condition. You will have to clean it thoroughly. Dust can affect its performance forcing it to work overtime which will results in higher heating bills.
- Refrigerator coils are another thing that can pose a problem. Similarly to furnace, dust that settles on them can affect refrigerator’s performance. Dust the coils from time to time.
- Vacuum cleaner is another home appliance that has a sensitive motor. Dust can pose a big danger to it. Although we constantly throw away the dust and filth which is accumulated during vacuuming, a lot of it gets into motor. This can easily damage it. By regularly cleaning it, you reduce the potential danger.
- Pool pumps are really sensitive piece of equipment. As the winter approaches, water may get stuck in them and freeze causing a lot of damage. While winterizing the pool, briefly turn on the pump while the hoses are unplugged. This will force all the water out which should protect the pump from freezing during winter.
- Shingles should be replaced as soon as you notice damage or discoloration on them. If your shingles are damaged, they will allow leaks which will certainly damage structure of your home.
- Gutters need to be cleaned prior to rain season. If your gutters are clogged, they won’t be able to transfer the water. As a result, water will start falling all over the place affecting structural integrity of your home.
- With that said, you will also have to check walls of your house and pavement in front of it. Due to humidity, holes will appear in them sooner than later. During winter, these holes will get filled with water. On below zero temperature, water will freeze leading to holes in concrete. Make sure to fill these holes before winter.
Hopefully, you are already performing some of these fixes on a regular basis. If not, you should make them a part of your routine. This is the best way to safeguard your home making sure it remains in a mint condition.