By performing regularly scheduled maintenance and checking off all the important tasks, your home will continue to provide you with safety, security, and comfort.
Every few months, and once a year, you should be performing certain tasks to ensure the longevity of your home and to keep your family safe from the unexpected.
Monthly Home Checklist
- Inspect HVAC filters
The filters should be changed every month or every few months (depending on the filter directions). To err on the side of caution, replace the filter if it looks dirty. Call an HVAC technician to check the ductwork and clean the furnace, A/C compressor, and vents.
- Check Plumbing
Leaks can pop up out of nowhere and go unnoticed quite easily. Make sure there are no drips under your sinks or on closed faucets. If there is leaking, call your trusted plumber to take care of the problem.
- Inspect the Fire Extinguishers
It’s important that you keep an eye on your fire extinguishers every month or every few months. Make sure it is not expired and that the gauge shows adequate pressure. If you’ve never used the fire extinguisher and do not know how to operate it, check out this helpful video.
- Clean Kitchen Disposal
The disposal in your kitchen undoubtedly gets used often. But it’s important to keep it clean so that it keeps running smoothly. Easily perform this task by freezing vinegar into ice cubes using a tray. By running the cubes through the disposal, you freshen the mechanism and sharpen the blades.
Annual Home Checklist
- Clean Your Chimney
Chimneys needs an annual clean up to ensure your family is kept safe. Dangerous gases could escape into your home and soot build up could easily start a fire, so make cleaning your chimney a priority.
- Inspect Detectors
Prevention is key! Make sure you annually check to see your fire detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning properly.
- Test Your Sump Pump
This task often goes unnoticed by homeowners until it’s too late. The sump pump is in the basement and is used to keep groundwater from flooding the basement. Twenty liters of water should be slowly poured into the sump pump; make sure the water is being pumped out and that the pump turns itself off after the water is gone.
- Vacuum the Refrigerator Coils
A lot of homeowners do not know that the refrigerators coils should be cleaned annually. Lots of dust can be collected and cause the compressor to work harder and longer than needed. First, clean the coils with a coil-cleaning brush and then vacuum the fallout.