Use the Lockdown to Get Ahead on Your Home Maintenance

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Home maintenance is important and necessary but it is not fun and can be time-consuming. This means that there is a chance that you have not really paid attention to the condition of your house for a while. A silver lining of the lockdowns due to the pandemic means that you now have the time to focus on your home. The lack of social obligations will allow you to give your maintenance activities the proper attention they need.

Start with the big stuff. Hire people to come in check your plumbing system, heater, and large appliances. You and your family are going to be at home for longer hours than ever before and you need to be sure that your home systems can bear the brunt of increased activity.

Once that is done, make a list of everything that needs to be done, allow your family to choose the ones they want to do, and get started on giving your home the tender loving care it deserves.

Check Everything

Test every single item in the house to make sure that it is working. We do not tend to use our own doorbell, so we may not notice when it stops working. Ring it a few times and ensure that it is in good shape. Consider replacing it with a smart doorbell. Smart doorbells can be managed from your phone, can inform you of its maintenance needs, and have a camera that allows you to check who is at the door and communicate with them without opening the door.

The same applies to lights. We may not use every light in the house so it is a good idea to check that they are still functioning. Replace the ones that are no longer viable with LED lights to ensure longer life and better power consumption.

One item that people tend to dismiss is power outlets. Power outlets that are damaged or dead may be a hazard for the house. They could cause issues in the proper flow of power and could cause sparks that can lead to fire within the walls. Test all your outlets and get an electrician to fix any that are no longer functioning.

Clean the Exhaust Fans

Exhaust fans help keep your kitchen and bathroom airy and well ventilated. But in the course of doing their job, they can become the victim of the mold and dampness they are trying to prevent. To ensure that your fans run well and do not lose efficiency, check them for mold and wipe them down with a good anti-fungal cleaning agent.

Re-caulk the Bathrooms

Regular use of bathrooms will lead to natural wear and tear on the caulking. It could also lead to mold or mildew in corners. Clean your bathroom with a bleach solution to remove any mold and mildew and re-caulk the tiles to give your bathrooms and fresh and clean look.

Check the Exterior of Your House

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Winter can be stressful for your home. Downspouts can get clogged due to ice forming, pipes can burst from improper insulation, and ice dams can cause water to seep through into the walls of your house. Check every downspout, exterior pipe, gutter, and roof of your house to make sure none of these issues is a problem for you. Consider extending downspouts and pipes to push any run-off water away from the foundations of your house.

Replace Your Filter

Changing the air filters in your air conditioner can help it to work more efficiently and last longer. It will also improve the air quality in your home to a higher degree. This is very important since you and your family will be at home every day. You deserve to breathe clean air that can help you to feel energized and prevent lethargy.

Vacuum Your Refrigerator

The refrigerator will run more smoothly if the coils are maintained well. This does not require a great deal of work. Simply locate them and vacuum out the area to remove dust and debris. It takes only a few minutes and you will have extended the efficiency of your refrigerator.

Replace Your Fire Extinguishers and Smoke Detectors

These are items that you rely on to keep you safe in the event of a disaster. To ensure that they deliver when you need them, they require maintenance. Lack of maintenance can lock up the mechanism of the fire extinguisher. Take them to be refilled and maintained at the fire department or a hardware store.   Smoke detectors need to be checked regularly to ensure that they are functioning well. Make sure to hire a service to check your smoke detectors as you do not want to risk sending a false alert to your local fire department.

As you can see, home maintenance does not need to be difficult. Start small to help you get into the groove. Removing dryer lint and checking door and window seals take very little time but can help you get started on your home maintenance checklist. Do a few tasks every week and by the end of the month you will have accomplished a lot and your home will be in great shape.

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