Owning a home is a big responsibility. There’s plenty of maintenance to do—especially as the home gets older—and some surprises along the way. You want to keep your home in good condition because, after all, it’s been good to you; it provides you with a roof over your head and keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. But, while you’re pretty good at staying current on upkeep, your life gets busy and some home maintenance can slip through the cracks that could be harming your lovely home. Here are six ways you’re accidentally damaging your home that you might not even be aware of.
When it comes to HVAC filters, it’s easy to forget about them— “out of sight, out of mind” as they say. But if you don’t clean or change them regularly, you may discover your electricity bill’s increasing. Likewise, dirty air filters mean poor air quality inside your home. To save your lungs and your money, it’s best to clean and/or change those HVAC filters every 1-6 months.
It doesn’t matter where your water comes from—your city/town or a private well. If you have hard water, it could mean problems for your plumbing. They say ignorance is bliss—but not in this instance! What’s hard water? It’s water that contains a high concentration of minerals such as iron, magnesium or calcium. While hard water won’t make you sick, it will build up causing decreased water flow and it wears out water heaters faster. Test your water to check if the levels of those minerals will be problematic. If they’re too high, you can purchase a water softener.
You just turned on the sprinkler for the last time on a late summer’s day—you know winter’s around the corner but you don’t want to even think about it. Well, you need to. If you’re in an area with harsh winters, draining your outdoor pipes prior to first frost is vital! If you don’t, your pipes will crack, leaving you with a very pricey repair in the spring.
No one likes cleaning the gutters—it’s a tedious task. But it needs to be done in the spring and fall every year. If you let debris and leaves build up in your gutters, they’ll clog and water won’t be carried away from your home as the gutters are designed to do. Clogged gutters means you could end up with expensive water damage to your foundation.
You don’t need one foot of water on your basement floor to have a critical issue with basement moisture. Even if it seems harmless, always check out any dampness you find. Water can sneak in your basement in innumerable ways and will create mold if left unattended to. Just a little moisture can, over time, do a lot of costly damage to your home. When you know where the moisture is coming from then you can find a solution to your problem.
You might think that acrylic and latex caulks last forever. But they don’t; they last for roughly 10 years then they become dry and crack. So, if you’ve lived in your house for 10 years or more it’s time to examine the caulk around your sinks, showers, tubs, doors and windows. If you notice caulk that’s dry and cracked, put in new caulk. Caulk that’s cracked isn’t any better than not having any caulk at all.
Your home is the most valuable thing you own. So adding these six things to your maintenance to-do list is important. If you just don’t have the time to tackle these small maintenance jobs then contact us! Our skilled laborers will be happy to help you relieve some of the workload!