The information in this post was originally provided by Kim Nehiley of Supreme Lending.
Home maintenance may seem like a daunting task, but it’s much easier than you think! Performing a monthly check-up can ensure that you catch problems before they become overwhelming (and expensive). Follow these quick, easy steps to keep your home safe and in top-shape!
Pull out your furnace filter to clean out any dust or other debris on the screen. Cleaning the filter, or replacing it if necessary, will provide better air quality and lower energy costs.
You should also regularly clean the filter in your range hood’s exhaust vent, which is designed to catch grease. Remove the filter and use hot water and grease-cutting dishwashing liquid, then and put it back once it’s dry.
Plumbing and Garbage Disposal
Always check for leaks, and make sure that water is draining freely in all sink, shower, and tub drains. If water is backing up, you can unclog the drain with boiling water, baking soda and vinegar, or a drain snake. Be sure not to mix drain cleaner and home remedies, as some chemicals may have adverse reactions.
You’ll also need to clean your garbage disposal. You can pour a half cup of baking soda into the disposal, then slowly add a half cup of vinegar. You can also grind ice cubes in the disposal, then add a half cup of baking soda and boiling water. Both of these should help with any odor issues.
Check you smoke and carbon monoxide detectors by pressing their test buttons. If you don’t see a test button, check online or contact the manufacturer to learn how to test your detector.
You should also make sure that any fire extinguishers are easily accessible and aren’t damaged. If they’re old, dented, or show low pressure, you’ll need to replace them.
Make sure all electrical cords are likewise in good condition. Check for damage to the wire’s insulation, especially near the plug, and repair any problem areas with electrical tape. You should then replace the cord as soon as possible.
House Exterior and Vents
Examine your home’s exterior by checking the roof, siding, windows, doors, and foundation for any damage. Be aware of any standing water close by, as this can be an indication of leaks or other problems.
Clear the outdoor dryer vent and make sure the opening is free of lint and debris build-up.
Check your air conditioner. Look for leaks around the copper lines that connect to the indoor evaporator coil. If you find any, it’s time to call an HVAC professional.