Every homeowner knows the importance of maintaining your property, but in order to do that, you have to do more than just a little dusting or mopping from time to time. Proper maintenance doesn’t have to take long, but you do have to take some intentional steps on a regular basis to try to avoid costly bills in the future.
1 Clean or replace air filters. A dirty filter will restrict the airflow in your air conditioner or furnace, driving up your utility bill and possibly even causing damage.
2 Check and seal gaps around doors and windows. Close your door and look for daylight around the edges, if you see any, fill in the space.
3 Check for water leaks. Periodically check under sinks in the kitchen and bathrooms. Sniff around for “musty” or damp odors. Always address water problems immediately!
4 Check your toilet for leaks by adding a small amount of food coloring to the tank, once the water in the bowl has changed color, if there is a leak, you will see colored water on the floor.
5 Keep your drains clean. Use a barbed plastic rod (hardware stores carry them) to slide down the drain and pull back up. This will remove any hair that is stuck and give your drains a clear flow.
6 Clean your gutters before the rain comes. If not, things can get backed up, causing major problems.
7 Clean your chimney on a regular basis. If you have a wood burning fireplace, soot can build up, causing a fire hazard. Although you can check this on your own, it is always a good idea to have a professional take a look every once in a while to ensure that things are being maintained safely and properly, so that your chimney is clear of debris.
8 Inspect your roof. Make sure there are no loose shingles. Look up at your ceilings every once in a while to make sure there are no water spots on your ceilings. If there are, call a professional RIGHT away! Duraclean Services is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to get the job done!
9 Do an attic inspection. Look for any pest problems. Check insulation covering all areas. Make sure ventilation is not obstructed and that ducts are connected.
10 Keep trees away from the house. Roots from trees can cause damage to the foundation and sewer lines. Regular trimming can save you a lot of trouble in the future.
Keep your fences in good condition. A broken post in a wood fence can overload the whole system, causing an imbalance and the costs of extra repair.
Done on a routine basis, each of these tips can help to keep your property in good condition. If you find an issue that is beyond your expertise, be sure to call a professional and have them take a look. It’s always safer and usually cheaper in the long run to have someone who knows what they are doing assess and fix the problem the RIGHT way, the FIRST time! If you have any other questions or problems with WATER, SMOKE, or MOLD, please do not hesitate to contact us !
Remember, “No One is Faster, to the Disaster!”