Simple Home Maintenance Checklist
A leak from your toilet will cost you money as your utilities will be higher. It can also cause water damage to your floor and premature wear of your toilets internal workings. To find out if your toilet is leaking, put a few drops of food coloring in the water of the tank. Come back in about an hour, if the water in the bowl has changed color, you have a leak.If your tank is leaking, the flapper needs to be replaced.
The main cause of leaky faucets is worn out washers. The washers inside of the faucet handles are rubber and tend to wear out quickly.
3.Washing Machine and Dryer
Check your washing machine supply hose for leaks at least once a year and replace them once every three years if they are made of plastic. If you notice the metal end of your water supply line is discoloured or rusted, replace them immediately.
The drain hose is as important as the water supply hose. If they are both working properly, then the water will remain in the washing machine and off the floors.
You dryer’s lint screen must be cleaned regularly. Regular cleaning prevents fires and increases the life of your dryer. Clean the lint screen before each dry, and remove the residue left by fabric softener (use a mixture of dish detergent and warm water to wipe the area weekly).
At least once per year, drain the water from the heater and clean the inside of your water heater’s floor.
To keep water flowing freely through the drains, try to minimise fats and oils running down the drain. If fats and oils do end up down the drain, run hot water and pour dishwashing liquid down the drain.
Get a hair strainer for the bathtub. Then remove the hair from that strainer regularly.
Your air- conditioner is one of the most costly appliances to repair. There is maintenance that you can do, to keep those maintenance costs at a minimum. Regularly inspect the condensation hose to make sure the water is flowing freely. Keep the area where the hose drains clean and clear also.
In addition, the screen around your air-conditioner should be free from debris. This will help the air to flow freely, so your air conditioner will use less power.
At the end of every winter, drain the unit and close off the water valve to stagnating in the unit. Change the air filters every 30 days, two weeks in the high usage months.
Give your home a facelift by repainting the interior. Break the project up into manageable amounts- a room each year. Keep the leftover paint, and roll it over the dirty spots to keep your paint job looking fresh longer.
Check the seals in the doors of your refrigerator often. If the seals are tight, then your utility bills will be cheaper. To check the seals, close the door on a five dollar bill, and then attempt to pull it out with the door closed. If your seals are good, then it would not be easy to do. If however the bill comes out easily, it is time to replace the seals.
10. Drafty windows
Periodically check the caulk line that holds your windows in place. If the caulk appears dry, cracked or weathered, remove the old caulk and replace with new caulk.
Gutters are designed to capture the water, leaves and other debris that runs off your roof. It is very important that they are work well. Remove debris at least once a year, and also check that the gutters are properly affixed to your fascia boards and that no sections are damaged or leaking.
Regularly check your roof for damage. Damaged, discoloured, and/or gravel-less shingles should be replaced quickly. When inspecting your roof, make sure to check the areas close to skylights, vents and chimneys.
Keeping your home in its best working order will save you money by reducing costly big fixes, it will increase the life of your appliances, and will help your home run more efficiently; it will also make your home more attractive to sellers.