Year Round Home Maintenance Tips
Keeping your home well maintained all year round will not only be more economical, it will keep it in fine working order. It is a good idea to keep this checklist handy so as each season approaches you will be prepared. The tasks involved in maintaining a safe, clutter free home environment is fairly simple and can be completed in no time. Get out of the mindset of depending only on ‘Spring Cleaning’ and make it a habit to maintain your home all year round.
Here’s where to start
- Hanging Icicles - Remove hanging or loose icicles because it can become a safety hazard if the ice falls on top of someone walking by. Especially with the winter we have been having lately, the temperatures have been back and forth between freezing rain to 5 degrees Celsius, so at this time it’s good to be cautious and keep an eye on it.
- Snow - Remove snow from around the side of your home to prevent water from entering your basement when it melts. Ensure downspouts are clear and that water flows away from your home.
- Check Furnace and Replace Filter - Fall is prime time to check your filter because a working furnace aids in the overall health and comfort for you and your family throughout the colder months. Over time, dust and debris can build up clogging the filter and preventing the furnace from performing its duties. Also remember to keep the area clear around your furnace to maximize airflow. Your filter should be changed at least 4 times a year, every three months to be safe.
- Clean Refrigerator Coils - Keep your food fresh all the time by ensuring your refrigerator is repaired and cleaned regularly. After a while if dust or pet hair gathers inside the coils this prevents the fridge from keeping food inside cool. If you are unfamiliar with your appliances’ functions, refer to manual but if you are able, the proper way to clean it is to first unplug the refrigerator and use a duster to fit in between the ventilation cracks. Vacuum any fallen debris around the area and plug it back in.
- Check Outdoor Drain Pipes - To avoid any unnecessary water damage, close the water to all outdoor hose bibs and pipes and draining systems to prevent freezing and bursting pipes. Once we transition into Spring slowly turn on the water to the outside hose bibs and check for leaks from a faulty valve or worn washer that can cause a flooding.
- Curb Appeal – Beautify your home’s exterior by gardening and trimming the trees, so that the front entrance appears clean and inviting. Complete minor tasks to ensure your yard looks pleasing to the eye. For example, fertilizing your lawn as soon as the snow starts melting, so that you will have beautiful green grass by summer. Rake all dead leaves around the house so your grass is encouraged to grow.
- Check Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Safety first! It is important to check your smoke alarms periodically, so you are informed if the house and you are at serious risk. Change out the batteries at least twice a year. Daylight savings (fall back and spring forward) time is a good time to do this, and if needed, book an appointment with a safety professional and see if you need to replace the detector completely because the alarms tend to get worn out after a while.
- Clean Air Conditioner – You are going to want to turn up the A/C once the warm weather rolls around and it would be a disappointment if you find the wind blew dust and dirt into the unit. Since the air conditioner has not been used much in the Winter, give it a good clean before turning it on to ensure the system runs smoothly. This is also a good time to change the furnace filter before you start up the air conditioner as your furnace blower motor works extra hard in the summer to circulate air.
- Clean Gutters – The build up from fallen leaves and dirt will weigh down the gutters creating a huge issue in terms of the structure and cleanliness of your home. While having someone spot you, climb up on a ladder and clear all debris within so to allow the water flow to continue freely away from the house. We recommend you don’t try this on your own – call someone who can help you or call professional. Do not climb ladders alone.
In case you are unsure about how to go about these tasks then we recommend contacting a professional to assist you or answer any questions you may have.
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