10 Home Maintenance Tips For Home Owners

Dated: 11/10/2013

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10 Home Maintenance Tips for Home Owners

Home Maintenance can be the difference between a costly repair or replacement and keeping household components working at their best, while saving you on utility bills.

It does not have to be complicated or expensive. Regularly inspecting home items can take a little time, up to two days to get the list completed but is definitely beneficial in the long run.

The Hvac 
Change or clean air filters monthly and keep attic vents unobstructed. Before the heat of the summer arrives, have a professional look at the hvac system and do some routine maintenance. Keep the area around the air compressor  free of vegetation for proper airflow.
The Water Heater 
Drain your water heater at least once a year to remove the sediment build up at the bottom. This will reduce your electric bill and prolong the life of your water heater.
The Laundry Room 
Check the washing machine fill hose for cracks that could later cause leaks. Also clean your dryer vent. Not all lint is caught in the lint trap and over time lint build up clogs the vent and will not only increase your utility bill but can cause a fire.
The Kitchen 
Vacuum refrigerator coils. The coils at found behind and under your refrigerator collects dust, Over time this makes it hard for the coils to conduct hot air from the unit resulting in higher utility bills as the unit works harder .
Smoke Detectors 
Check smoke detectors monthly and replace batteries once a year to ensure they are works.
The garage
 
Maintain the garage door by lubricating all moving parts with a 30-weight auto mobile oil every six months. Check that hardware is tightened and operating as normal. Prevent damage to the garage door opener by making sure the door is completely unlocked and the rope pull has been removed before using the operator. In the even of a power failure be familiar for manual operation.

Outside 

The Roof 
Avoid walking on your roof, examine roof tiles from the ground. Flashing around plumbing vents, chimneys and skylights need to be checked by a professional. Check for loose or leaky gutters and clear off debris from gutters. Make sure downspouts point away from the foundations.
Concrete Cracking 
Inspect concrete in driveways, walks and patios for cracks. Some slight cracking is normal and may be repaired with a concrete filler or silicone caulk. If a crack seems a little more unusual than the rest, you may want to have it looked at by a professional.
Grading 
Grading around your home is important for slope drainage. Over time the grade around you home may settle. Fill with compacted soil to maintain the grade.
Windows and doors
 
Inspect windows and doors for loose or cracked panes. Check caulk and stripping. The harsh Arizona sun can often cause the stripping to be come brittle and crack. Replace worn stripping and caulk. Tightly sealed windows and doors means savings in utility bills.

One weekend and you are done with some simple home maintenance to keep your home happy

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