When it comes to home maintenance, it seems there's always something to do. The key is to prioritize what you need to do first. Today, let's focus on when to repair your ceiling or walls, have your gutters cleaned or repaired, and change your filters.
Both age and moisture from leaks can cause plaster to crack or even crumble when it breaks away from the wood plath underneath. Drywall holes can occur for various reasons -- from hammering in nails to being struck by furniture. A skim coat can be applied to make the finish look smooth; if there is a significant hole, it will need to be cleaned, filled with putty, spackled, and a patch sometimes needs to be applied. Homeowners often think replacement is the only option for these types of issues but repair is much more practical.
Gutters direct water away from your home by collecting and draining it. Debris and leaves in gutters can stop this process, and the wood or siding on your home -- as well as your foundation or basement -- can be damaged. As a rule of thumb, gutters should be cleaned twice a year. Always have gutters cleaned in late autumn after the leaves have fallen off the trees. If you notice your gutters are moving away from your house, have holes or cracks, or are sagging, you need to have them replaced.
How often you change your HVAC filters depends on several factors. Basic "economy" filters need to be changed every 30 days. If you have more than one pet, or anyone in the home has breathing-related health issues, it's a good idea to use higher quality pleated filters and change them every month. If you do not have any pets or health issues, you may be able to go as long as 90 days without changing your filters, though most filter manufacturers recommend replacing them every 60 days.
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