The Importance in Having a Periodic Home Maintenance Guide The Importance in Having a Periodic Home Maintenance Guide

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The Importance in Having a Periodic Home Maintenance Guide

Your Periodic Home Maintenance Guide

Taking care of your home requires time and effort and you may realize that there is a lot to keep up with. That being said, the importance of maintenance and upkeep of your home is real. In essence, taking good care of your home will ensure that your family has a safe and comfortable roof over their heads.

With that said, we have broken the key steps of home maintenance to give you an idea to what your periodic maintenance guide should resemble. Bear in mind that this is not an exhaustive list and it does not include your house chores!

 

Monthly

Clean Kitchen Sink Disposal

Our go to method for cleaning our kitchen sink disposal is dropping a cup of ice into the kitchen sink disposal together with a half cup of rock salt. Keep the kitchen sink disposal running for about a minute to get all the gunk out. Once this is done, pour a cup of vinegar and half a cup of baking soda and let it sit for fifteen minutes. With this process, the solution will kill bacteria and the best part is, it will remove any odors all with a simple natural cleaner. Don’t forget to scrub the rubber flaps too!

Clean Range Hood Filters

To clean out your range hood filters, we recommend using a degreaser from an auto parts store. Take the filter off the hood. Mix the degreaser with hot water and let the filter soak in the solution for around 15 minutes. Rinse the filter off with water and place it back in the hood and you’re good to go.

Inspect your HVAC filter

Start by checking that your thermostat is working properly for both the heating and cooling. You want to shut off the power before you proceed with the next step. Grab a screwdriver and a wrench and go outside to detach the fan cage from the top of the unit to remove any leaves or debris from the interior. Next, clean and repair the fins inside the unit before reattaching the fan cage. It is advisable that the HVAC unit is at least two feet of distance from any surrounding shrubs, or trees. Take a look at the HVAC unit and ensure that it is level. If it isn’t, prop it up with rot resistant shims. Time to head inside to inspect the evaporator coil. Open the evaporator coil door and dust it out before spraying it with no-rinse coil cleaner. This can be bought at most hardware stores. Before you finish up, remove any built up debris from the evaporator drain. Lastly, change out the filter if it’s dirty and you’re done.

 

Quarterly

Test Smoke / Carbon Dioxide Detector

Locate the test button on your detectors and press it. This should trigger the alarm sound. If no alarm is heard, replace the batteries and try again. If the alarm is still not heard, it might be time to get a new detector.

Test Garage Door Auto-Reverse Sensors

All garage doors come with auto reverse as it is a federal law to have it included for residential garage doors. Start by placing a 2-inch block of wood or other objects in the path of the descending garage door. The garage door should reverse with a second upon contact with the block. If it doesn’t, contact a professional garage door installer.

 

Semi-Annually

Deep House Clean

Take a Saturday once every six months to conduct a full clean of your home. Wipe down your outdoor windows, baseboards, doors, door trims, window trims, and window sills. These places tend to collect dust and the dust may stick to the finishing of the baseboards and trims. Your appliances should also be cleaned up. Preventing dirt, dust, or grime buildup over the years will ensure that your house is constantly in good shape.

Check for Caulking and Sealing Damage

Your kitchen and bathroom in your home are wet areas and it is essential that it is well maintained to prevent any water damages. Check for any caulking that is starting to peel and reapply using latex or silicone caulking. Squeeze tubes are very easy to use and it goes a long way in maintaining the wet areas of your home.

Check Roof, Exterior Drainage and Gutters

Your home is designed to ensure that water flows away from the house to prevent your home’s foundation from damaging. Puddles should not stay for more than 24 hours. Your gutters should also be clear from any leaves (during fall) and clear from any buildup of sediments and grime from snow (during winter).

Siding

The siding of your home should be inspected yearly whether it requires to be repaired. Remove any shrubs close to the siding of your home. Even though the siding is built to withstand nature’s elements exposure, cleaning it periodically will not only improve the appearance, but also prolong the lifetime of the siding.

 

What are you currently doing to maintain your home on a regular basis? Please share any and all tips you may have when it comes to your home maintenance guide!

 

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Your Periodic Home Maintenance Guide

Taking care of your home requires time and effort and you may realize that there is a lot to keep up with. That being said, the importance of maintenance and upkeep of your home is real. In essence, taking good care of your home will ensure that your family has a safe and comfortable roof over their heads.

With that said, we have broken the key steps of home maintenance to give you an idea to what your periodic maintenance guide should resemble. Bear in mind that this is not an exhaustive list and it does not include your house chores!

 

Monthly

Clean Kitchen Sink Disposal

Our go to method for cleaning our kitchen sink disposal is dropping a cup of ice into the kitchen sink disposal together with a half cup of rock salt. Keep the kitchen sink disposal running for about a minute to get all the gunk out. Once this is done, pour a cup of vinegar and half a cup of baking soda and let it sit for fifteen minutes. With this process, the solution will kill bacteria and the best part is, it will remove any odors all with a simple natural cleaner. Don’t forget to scrub the rubber flaps too!

Clean Range Hood Filters

To clean out your range hood filters, we recommend using a degreaser from an auto parts store. Take the filter off the hood. Mix the degreaser with hot water and let the filter soak in the solution for around 15 minutes. Rinse the filter off with water and place it back in the hood and you’re good to go.

Inspect your HVAC filter

Start by checking that your thermostat is working properly for both the heating and cooling. You want to shut off the power before you proceed with the next step. Grab a screwdriver and a wrench and go outside to detach the fan cage from the top of the unit to remove any leaves or debris from the interior. Next, clean and repair the fins inside the unit before reattaching the fan cage. It is advisable that the HVAC unit is at least two feet of distance from any surrounding shrubs, or trees. Take a look at the HVAC unit and ensure that it is level. If it isn’t, prop it up with rot resistant shims. Time to head inside to inspect the evaporator coil. Open the evaporator coil door and dust it out before spraying it with no-rinse coil cleaner. This can be bought at most hardware stores. Before you finish up, remove any built up debris from the evaporator drain. Lastly, change out the filter if it’s dirty and you’re done.

 

Quarterly

Test Smoke / Carbon Dioxide Detector

Locate the test button on your detectors and press it. This should trigger the alarm sound. If no alarm is heard, replace the batteries and try again. If the alarm is still not heard, it might be time to get a new detector.

Test Garage Door Auto-Reverse Sensors

All garage doors come with auto reverse as it is a federal law to have it included for residential garage doors. Start by placing a 2-inch block of wood or other objects in the path of the descending garage door. The garage door should reverse with a second upon contact with the block. If it doesn’t, contact a professional garage door installer.

 

Semi-Annually

Deep House Clean

Take a Saturday once every six months to conduct a full clean of your home. Wipe down your outdoor windows, baseboards, doors, door trims, window trims, and window sills. These places tend to collect dust and the dust may stick to the finishing of the baseboards and trims. Your appliances should also be cleaned up. Preventing dirt, dust, or grime buildup over the years will ensure that your house is constantly in good shape.

Check for Caulking and Sealing Damage

Your kitchen and bathroom in your home are wet areas and it is essential that it is well maintained to prevent any water damages. Check for any caulking that is starting to peel and reapply using latex or silicone caulking. Squeeze tubes are very easy to use and it goes a long way in maintaining the wet areas of your home.

Check Roof, Exterior Drainage and Gutters

Your home is designed to ensure that water flows away from the house to prevent your home’s foundation from damaging. Puddles should not stay for more than 24 hours. Your gutters should also be clear from any leaves (during fall) and clear from any buildup of sediments and grime from snow (during winter).

Siding

The siding of your home should be inspected yearly whether it requires to be repaired. Remove any shrubs close to the siding of your home. Even though the siding is built to withstand nature’s elements exposure, cleaning it periodically will not only improve the appearance, but also prolong the lifetime of the siding.

 

What are you currently doing to maintain your home on a regular basis? Please share any and all tips you may have when it comes to your home maintenance guide!

 

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  • Posted on by Catherine Carrano

    Great information Thank you

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