With so many aspects of homeowning to consider when keeping your house maintained, it’s understandable that there are areas of home maintenance you may not have considered.
Here is a list of different areas of your home as well as maintenance tasks that should be addressed regularly:
1. Kitchen Maintenance – Clean the Sink Faucet
If you find your faucets are running slow or do not provide a steady flow of water, it may be time to clean out your faucet aerators.
To clean your sink faucet, remove the aerator from the faucet and scrub with a toothbrush.
2. Bathroom Maintenance – Clean the Showerhead
Just like your kitchen faucets, your showerhead can get clogged up by mineral deposits, leading to an uneven spray or blockages.
Use a toothbrush or sponge to scrub away debris from around the holes. If there is a major blockage, you can mix equal parts water and vinegar in a bag and tie it around the showerhead – let it soak for 15-20 minutes then run the shower hot to rinse.
3. Laundry Room Maintenance – Wash the Washing Machine
Yes, even washing machines need a good wash!
Most newer washing machines have a self-cleaning cycle and some have filters that need to be drained and cleaned on a regular basis.
Check your owner’s manual for cleaning instructions and suggested frequency.
4. Living Room Maintenance – Inspect Your Fireplace
If you have a wood-burning fireplace in your living room, it’s important to make sure it’s operating safely.
Inspect the glass and screen, clean out the hearth, clear out creosote buildup (the tar-like residue caused by burning wood), check the damper and take a look at the exterior chimney structure.
5. Stair Maintenance – Check the Railings
You should check the staircase railings to ensure they are tight and secure.
A loose railing can lead to a nasty fall and injury.
6. Unfinished Basement Maintenance – Check the Foundation for Leaks
If your basement is unfinished, you can easily check for foundation leaks by looking for cracks, wet spots and checking for the smell of mold.
Most foundation leaks can be fixed from the inside by carrying out waterproofing repairs.
7. Roof Maintenance – Clean Out Your Gutters
Keep your gutters clean and clear, especially after a storm.
Damaged or loose and sagging gutters can cause your roof to leak and should be repaired.
8. HVAC Maintenance – Change the Filters
HVAC filters should be checked once a month and cleaned or replaced if necessary.
A clogged filter can lead to a breakdown of your heating and cooling system since the debris will restrict the airflow of the system, placing a strain on the fan motor and other components.
9. Attic Maintenance – Inspect the Insulation
Your attic insulation is important in maintaining steady temperatures within your home. When the insulation goes bad, you may notice an increase in your energy bill as well as hot and cold spots around your home.
Look for moisture and mold in your attic as well as ice dams on your roof and the presence of rodents or pests.
10. Garage Maintenance – Check the Garage Door
While modern garage doors are designed with safety features to prevent injury, it’s still important to inspect its operation to make sure it’s working properly.
Check the sensors, test the reverse function and inspect the springs, pulleys, lifting cables, rollers and hinges.
Home maintenance can be overwhelming but most tasks are quick and easy to execute.
Take the time to address these home maintenance areas to ensure that your home is safe and in good shape.