Home maintenance is an on-going affair, and is a series of activities that includes regular, seasonal and one-time tasks. The following suggested list identifies many of the common maintenance jobs that may be performed on a weekly, monthly or semi-annual basis. Tailor these suggestions to fit your own situation, adding or deleting items as required.
A home requires maintenance so establishing a schedule is the best way to manage your household budget. It is also recommended to hire licensed contractors for any tasks you may feel are beyond your ability to complete. Remember, safety first! What seems like a simple plumbing or electrical repair can cost you if you don’t do it correctly.
1. Smoke detectors: Check operation by pushing test button.
2. Check fire extinguishers for proper charge. Never buy units without pressure gauge.
3. Clean or replace dirty filter in range hood.
4. Check for evidence of leaks around toilets, under sinks and around the dishwasher.
5. Clean and freshen sink drains by flushing with hot water and baking soda.
6. Clean aerators on faucets regularly, depending upon water hardness. You may need to use a rust or scale remover to return them to normal condition or have them replaced.
7. Check water filter and softeners regularly. The life of the filters is dependent upon water usage and water characteristics. Retailers can help with this analysis.
8. Monitor and maintain floor coverings on an as required basis.
9. Regular vacuuming will reduce wear of floor coverings.
10. Water heater should be drained periodically.
In areas with hard water, drain at least five gallons of waste from drain valve every six months to prevent sediment build up. Routine maintenance will help head off long term problems and will make your home a safer and more comfortable place.