Posted on: 19 September 2018
Everyone knows to replace the batteries in your smoke detector once a year, but what else do you need to do when you own a home?
1. Furnace: Your furnace is a key component of your home. It keeps you warm in the winter and makes sure that your pipes do not freeze. Have an HVAC company service your furnace annually and replace the filter monthly. Yes, monthly.
2. Septic Tank: Homes with private septic tanks need to have them inspected every year. Depending on usage, they will need to be pumped every one to five years. Yes, it is a stinky process, but a backed-up septic smells even worse. Call for a professional septic pump out and save yourself the headache.
3. Gutters: If your home has gutters, you should check them for leaves, branches, and other debris every spring and fall. Left unattended, the plant matter will clog your gutters and downspouts, which can lead to ice dams, attract rodents, and encourage seeds to take root and grow.
4. Windows: Cleaning windows is that one job that is always the butt of every sitcom joke. No one wants to clean them. Truth be told, it isn't that hard, if you use the right equipment and take your time. In fact, no one said you had to do the whole house at once. Break it up and do a room each weekend. In a few weeks, you will have shiny windows that you can be proud of.
5. Chimney: The chimney to your wood-burning fireplace should be cleaned each and every year. Both soot and creosote can build up inside the chimney and risk catching on fire.
6. Dryer Vent: Cleaning the lint screen when you put clothes in the dryer is a habit for most people. Cleaning out the dryer vent ductwork is, unfortunately, not. The United States Fire Administration, a division of FEMA, states that dryer ductwork clogged with lint and other debris is the cause of 2,900 fires each year and five deaths. Take fifteen minutes to clean out the ductwork from the outside of your home with a brush built for that purpose.
7. Air Conditioner: Like your furnace, you depend on your air conditioner unit to keep you cool in the summer. Check it weekly, after you mow the lawn. Make sure there is no debris on top of it or blocking the air intake valves. Give it a quick rinse with the hose to remove dust, leaves, and grass clippings.
Staying on top of these items will help protect your home over the life of your investmentShare