There’s truth in the saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” specifically when it comes to taking care of your home. A regular schedule of preventative home maintenance can prevent a host of unexpected expenses and keep your home in tip top condition. Preventative home maintenance is also much easier than waiting until something breaks down then scrambling around trying to find someone to fix the problem and wasting your time and energy. According to DIY Network here is a list of preventative measures you should take:
- Install rain gutters. This will prevent water from reaching the foundation and can help prevent a cracked slab.
- Clear leaves from your drain at least twice a year to prevent water backup that can rot wood gutters and rust gutters made of sheet metal.
- Inspect the washers on your outdoor hoses and faucets to make sure they’re not leaking and soaking the foundation of your home.
- Go up in the attic every several months to ensure there is no water damage to your ceilings and walls from rain/snow.
- Make sure to turn on your bathroom fan while showering to prevent moisture that encourages mold growth and mildew.
In case of an emergency, all adults in your household should know where the following controls are and how to shut them off:
- Main water shut off
- Heating fuel main shut off
- Main electrical fuse/breaker box
- Water shut off valves for toilets, sink faucets, and washing machine
*It would be smart to keep a wrench nearby these shutoffs valves. Every home should also have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and in the garage.
- Vacuum your carpet at least once a week
- Rake debris away from the foundation of your home and other structures on your property
- Clean leaves and debris out of basement window wells
- Clean the drain pan on your refrigerator
- Inspect your dishwasher for leaks
- Clean your kitchen exhaust fan filter and fan blades
- During the fall and winter season make sure your heating air filter is cleaned, if not replace it
- Maintain drains by pouring boiling water down them. If a drain becomes clogged, pour a cup of baking soda into the drain – flush with three cups of hot water. If that doesn’t work, mix with baking soda