Homeownership is what most of us work for, right?! However, once you are in your new home there is home maintenance to keep up with. That includes monthly, seasonal, annual, and semi-annual maintenance. But do not worry, we will help you to identify what maintenance is needed and how often it is needed.
As a homeowner, you have normal maintenance responsibilities for your new home. Establishing a maintenance schedule is the best way to manage your maintenance budget. These suggested maintenance tasks and schedules should not replace the manufacturer’s recommendations. We recommend using licensed contractors for any tasks you may feel unprepared to complete. Remember, safety first! What seems like a simple plumbing or electrical repair can cost you time and money if you don’t do it correctly.
Here we will be covering tasks that will need to be addressed on a monthly basis.
- Smoke Detectors – Check the operation of the smoke detector by pushing the test button. Check and replace batteries if necessary.
- Fire Extinguishers – Inspect for a proper charge. The gauge’s needle should be pointing to the green “charged” zone. Be sure that you have an adequate number in the kitchen, garage, and basement/attic.
- Garbage Disposal – Clean garbage disposal blades by grinding ice cubes and citrus fruit rinds.
- Range Hood – Look to see if your filter needs to be cleaned or replaced.
- Look For Leaks – Check for any evidence of leaks around toilets, under sinks, and around the dishwasher.
- Drains – Freshen your sink’s drains by flushing with hot water and baking soda.
- Filters – Take time to look at the filters in your furnace, air-conditioning, humidifier, and electronic air cleaners. Replace as required.
- Aerators & Faucets – Depending upon water hardness, you may need to use a rust or scale remover to return them to normal condition, or have them replaced. Check water filters and softeners regularly. The life of the filters is dependent upon water usage and water characteristics. Retailers can also help with this analysis.
- Floor Coverings – Monitor and maintain floor coverings on a required basis. Regular vacuuming will reduce the wear of carpets and other floor coverings. Repair tears and remove stains as soon as possible.
- Water Heater – Check the Temperature Pressure Release (TPR) valve on the water heater. You can do this by simply lifting it up and down several times. Water heaters should also be drained periodically. Especially in areas with hard water – drain at least 5 gallons of water from the drain valve every six months to prevent sediment build-up.
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