Handy Dandy: 4 Useful Home Maintenance Tasks to Learn

Written by  //  September 29, 2017  //  Home Repair  //  No comments

When you are a home owner, it is helpful to know a few home maintenance tasks so that you do not have to call in the professionals for every little thing. Not only can it be time consuming seeking out trustworthy professionals, but it can be costly calling a professional, especially if the task is something that you can easily take care of yourself. To that end, here are four home maintenance tasks every home owner should know.

Locate Utility Shut off Switches

In an emergency situation, you may not have time to call in a plumber to turn off your water. By the time he arrives your house will have flooded. Knowing where the main water valve is to your house can be a lifesaver. The same holds true of the main power switch on your breaker box and your gas valve. When you have the utilities turned on, make sure that each technician shows you where his valve of specialty is located and how to turn it off.

Check Your Alarms

It is a good idea to check your alarms every year to make sure that they are all still in working order. Most smoke and carbon detectors have a test button you can push to make sure it works. You should also make sure to change the batteries every year whether you think the alarm needs it or not to ensure that the batteries will work when you need them to. The best way to remember to do this every year is to choose a significant date. It may be a birthday, holiday or anniversary, just as long as it is a day you will not forget.

Change Your Furnace Filters

Changing your HVAC filters may seem like a small and insignificant task, but it is important. Your HVAC is a large, complex and expensive piece of equipment. Filters help to keep lint, dust and other particles out of it. Some companies, such as Comfort Zone Airconditioning & Solar Power, know that keeping your HVAC free of debris will ensure that it works properly for a long time to come and can stave off costly repairs. When purchasing filters, make sure you have the right size and type to ensure the best performance from your air conditioning and heating unit.

Learn to Caulk

Caulking is used to fill cracks and gaps where things like air and water can get through and cause you trouble. Caulking gaps around window trim can prevent frigid outside air from coming in so that you are not spending a fortune to keep your house warm. Similarly, caulking around tubs and sinks in the bathroom and kitchen areas can help keep moisture from getting into places where it shouldn’t, causing mold and water damage. Caulk is a relatively inexpensive material that can save you a lot of money in the long run.

Home owners should be familiar with basic home maintenance tasks to ensure their home runs smoothly. Knowing basic home maintenance can also help to prevent a lot of costly repairs. Use these suggestions to get you started.

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