Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or you’ve owned a home for decades, one thing remains constant: your home needs love, care, and a lot of maintenance. Failing to maintain your home means that you have a greater risk of experiencing a catastrophe, such as a fire. Keep the following maintenance tasks crossed off your checklist to protect your family and your home.
- Inspect, clean, and change HVAC filters – filters that are clogged with dust make the air quality in your home plummet. Inspect your filters each month, and change them every 2-3 months. Plus, dirty ductwork and filters can pose a significant fire hazard.
- Inspect your fire extinguishers, carbon monoxide detectors, and smoke detectors – if you don’t have smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in your home, it’s time to visit the local hardware store. Also, make sure that you test your smoke alarms and replace the batteries. Remember, they’re practically worthless if the batteries have died.
- Clean range hood filters – range hoods need to have clean filters. Otherwise, a dirty one can present a fire hazard due to layers of flammable grease, dust, and dirt. If something on the stove catches fire and the flames reach a dirty range hood filter, the fire could quickly snowball out of control.
- Clean the garbage disposal – I know it’s probably not very exciting, but cleaning your sink disposal is a necessity. There are a variety of ways to clean it out, but some people prefer to use vinegar ice cubes. The acidic vinegar helps to clear out gunk, and the ice is supposed to help sharpen the disposal’s blades.
- Inspect your basement for standing water – water damage is usually pretty easy to notice, because it creates a foul odor. But you’ll want to make sure that your pipes aren’t leaking. Even a small amount of water can foster a mold outbreak.
- Inspect your attic for signs of leaks and water damage – make sure that your attic doesn’t have any leaks. Yet again, stagnate water can create the perfect breeding ground for mold, and likely points to roof damages.
- Run water in unused spaces – many homes have a toilet in the basement or guest house, where water can stand for extended periods of time. After extended periods, grime can build up, but running water through these systems will help prevent buildups of grime.
- Check water softener, and add salt – you don’t need to add much salt, but you need to check water softener on a regular basis. The good news it only takes a couple minutes.
Maintenance tasks don’t make most homeowners jump with glee, but they’re necessary to protect your property and the safety of your loved ones. Failing to maintain your home could increase the risk of fire hazards, and make components of your home fall into disrepair. Remember to give your home the tender loving care it deserves.