Starting a maintenance plan is something that sounds stressful, especially if you are a new home owner. However, it is important to do to keep your home up to par. If you don’t start a maintenance plan then you could encounter some costly repairs and damages down the road. Here are a few things to consider when putting together your plan:
- Inspect your fire extinguisher(s). This is a simple and quick maintenance check, assuming you have one (which you should). Be sure there is easy access to it, make sure nothing is blocking the extinguisher like a garbage can, etc. Check to see if the gauge shows adequate pressure, and make sure there are no signs of wear and tear.
- Clean kitchen sink disposal. There are plenty of ways to do this, but the easiest way is vinegar ice cubes. Using an empty ice tray, pour vinegar into it and allow to freeze over-night. Dump the ice cubes in the sink and run them through the disposal. Not only does this freshen it, the ice also sharpens the blades.
- Inspect and possibly change out HVAC filters. Experts will always tell you to change filters monthly, but that is not always needed. A smaller family with no pets or allergies would likely be okay for 2-3 months before changing the filter. If the filter is clean, put it back and check it again the following month. If it appears dirty, replace the filter, and continue to check monthly.
- Check water softener, add salt water if needed. Check every few months, although it shouldn’t run out too fast, a quarterly check is advisable.
- Run water and flush toilets in unused spaces. This applies to sinks/ water sources you don’t use often, such as a guest bathroom. This is to avoid grime or any other kind of build-up. Regularly running water through the plumbing will prevent the build-ups from happening.
- Test smoke and carbon dioxide detectors. A simple task that only takes a few seconds, your detectors should have a “test” button on them. If the alarm sounds, you are good to go. If not, then immediately replace the batteries and test it again. If it still doesn’t work, there could possibly be some corrosion on the battery terminal, therefore it won’t detect the new batteries. Clean and try again. If it still doesn’t work, it is likely that you need a new detector.
- Test garage door auto-reverse feature. Federal law requires all garage doors to have this feature. Test every month by placing something like a 2×4 where the door would close. It should reverse upon detection of the object or when it touches the object. Test your photo-electric sensors if you have them. Place something in front of them when you close the door. If the door doesn’t retract up immediately then contact the manufacturer or the person who installed it.
- Give your home a deep clean. Every six months, choose a day where you or you and your family give your house a proper deep clean. Windows, appliances etc. Dust every nook and cranny, even the basement, attic, etc. Not allowing dirt, grime, and dust build up will keep your house in tip-top shape.
- Test your water heater’s pressure relief valve. This will help to prevent mineral and corrosion build up, which also safeguards against leaks. This will also allow your heater to run more efficiently.
- Vacuum your refrigerator coils. You want to keep your refrigerator running efficiently, especially since it uses up to 15 percent of your home’s total energy. The coils will eventually get dirty over time, requiring your refrigerator to use more energy. By doing this, you can save up to $100 per year.
We hope these tips and trick help you get your house in tip top shape this year!