5 Preventative Home Maintenance Tips

When most people hear the words "home maintenance" they immediately think of repairing things that are broken. But the most effective home maintenance tips have to do with preventative maintenance. Some tasks, if performed regularly, can prevent problems from occurring in the first place. Here are 5 such tasks:

1. Test the sensor on your automatic garage door opener once per month to ensure that the door reverses when you place an obstruction in the path of the door. This sensor is a great safety feature, and knowing it's working properly provides greater peace-of-mind, especially if you have children or pets.

2. Clean the lint build-up out of your clothes dryer exhaust duct at least once per year. If the duct is plastic, consider replacing it with something metallic. Sheet metal is best because it's more rigid.

3. If you have GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets, test them once per month. To do this, simply press the test button and use a voltage tester or plug a small lamp into the outlet to make sure the power goes off when you push the test button. If you don't have proper GFCI outlets in your bathrooms and kitchen, consider having them installed. Consult local building codes before installing GFCI outlets.

4. Vacuum refrigerator coils once per year. You'll find the coils under the appliance, and they're best accessed from behind the unit, so you'll have to pull the refrigerator away from the wall. While you have the refrigerator pulled out you can also clean the floor beneath and the wall behind it.

5. Inspect attic and crawl spaces every spring for proper ventilation and bird nests or other animal habitats. Also check for leaks or water damage. It's a good practice to take digital photographs of beams, joists, and roof decking so you can compare what you find on your next inspection to the way things are this time. It's also a good idea to protect yourself from insulation by wearing shoes, socks, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and gloves.

To learn more about how to prevent problems with your home through preventative maintenance, contact us today.