We’re all guilty of skipping one or two crucial home maintenance jobs. Perhaps you forgot to do the cleaning this week. Or maybe you’ve been putting off the big repainting job in the spare room. These are just some of the things we tend to forget. But, you have bigger problems than this. There are some home maintenance tasks that householders entirely neglect. And, not because we forget, but because we simply don’t realise it’s a problem.
In this post, we’ll show you some of the key areas of home maintenance you might be neglecting. Most of them are a simple once-a-year job, so they certainly won’t take long. If you’ve got a free weekend coming up, take advantage and get stuck into these tasks.
Check and clean air conditioning and HVAC units
Did you know that experts recommend changing your HVAC filters as often as once a month? The minimum suggestion is every three months. So, if you haven’t taken a look at your recently, it could be time to make a change. It’s particularly important if you have pets in the house or if any family member has an allergy. Dust particles and pet hair easily get circulated in the system, and the filters build up fast.
We bet you haven’t even checked the state of your ceilings since you moved in, right? We certainly haven’t. It occurred to us recently, and we’ve since become aware of cracks, weaknesses, and wear across our home. Take the time to look up once-in-a-while, and ask yourself whether you could fix them up. We’ve since commissioned Ceilings Plus to improve ours with wood panels. That should keep things well maintained for years to come.
Test your water heater pressure valve
Twice a year, it’s a good idea to test your water pressure valves. This makes sure that everything is working efficiently, and there’s no buildup of sediment. Corrosion in the pipes and water tank can lead to pressure trouble, and you certainly want to avoid that.
Clean out the gutters
Every year, leaves and debris get stuck in the gutters, causing blockages. It restricts the flow of rainwater from the roof, and it will add weight the roof structure. The worst case scenario here is that the drainage is completely blocked. That will send water pouring over the side, building up outside your home in puddles. It only takes a small amount of this water to infiltrate the home, causing huge flood damage.
Check the roof
While you’re cleaning the gutters, take a minute to inspect the roof itself. Are the tiles all straight? Is concrete starting to disintegrate and fall away? It’s also a good idea to get access to the attic and look for leaks from within the roof itself. Shards of light coming through the tiles are another indication that something is wrong.
It’s these home maintenance tasks that we tend to forget about and neglect entirely. Make time this summer to do a quick check before the winter sets in. It will just give you a little peace of mind.