Some Home Maintenance Tips

  1. Roof: Check the roof and around vents, skylights, and chimneys for leaks. Repair as necessary.

  1. Attic: If there is no ridge vent, keep gable vents open year-round to ensure proper ventilation.

  1. Gutters: Clean the gutters and drain pipes so leaves won’t clog them and be sure they drain away from the house. (Fall: In cold-climate areas) Drain outside faucets.

  1. Fireplace: Clean the fireplace of ashes. (Fall) Check the chimney for loose or missing mortar. Have the chimney professionally cleaned. Make sure the damper closes tightly. (Spring) Leave the damper open for improved ventilation if the home is not air-conditioned.

  1. Filters: Remember to clean or replace filters once a month, or as needed. Check and clean the dryer vent, air condition
    er, stove hood, and room fans. Keep heating and cooling vents clean and free from furniture and draperies.

  1. Safety Equipment: make sure that all smoke detectors, carbon monoxide gas detectors, and hearth extinguishers area unit in smart operating order. Replace batteries in applicable devices as required, or a minimum of doubly annually.

  1. Air Conditioner: (Fall: In cold-climate areas) take away window air-conditioners, or place weatherproof covers on them.

  1. Refrigerator: confirm your icebox door seals area unit airtight. take a look at them by closing the door over a bank note. If you can pull the bill out easily, the latch may need to be adjusted or the seal may need to be replaced. In addition, if you have a coil-back refrigerator, vacuum the coils at least twice each year. Your refrigerator will run more efficiently with clean coils. Also, stock up! A full refrigerator uses less energy than an empty one.

  1. Faucets: Check for leaky faucets in the kitchen and bathroom(s). Replace washers as necessary.

  1. Windows and Doors: Seal leaky doors and windows. If you value-added up all of the tiny cracks wherever heating and cooling escapes from a home, it’d be identical as having a window open. Replace seals as required.

  1. Storm Windows and Screens: (Fall) Take down screens (if removable type) and replace with storm windows. (Spring) take away, clean, and store storm windows (if removable). Check and patch all door and window screens. place screens up (if removable type).

  1. Siding and Paint: explore for cracks and holes in house siding or paint. Replace calk if necessary. A carpet knife will work well for cutting away recent caulking from house siding. Slice down aboard it from each directions with the hook-like blade, then use the knife to scoop up the recent calk bead intact.

  1. Basement: Check the basement walls and floor for moistness. take care to wash the dehumidifier often, if you have got one.

  1. Heating System: (Fall) Have the heating plant repaired. amendment filters.

  1. Quandary Heater: (Fall) Drain the new warmer. take away sediment from the lowest of the tank.

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