Repair bills can be extremely tough to deal with – especially if you’re already running low on contingency funds. One way to avoid these pricey incidentals is by making preventive home maintenance a habit. Here are some great ways to keep your house (and its contents) in great shape:
1) Repair your roof.
A small roof leak may not seem like much to worry about, but it can easily and quickly lead to larger problems such as mold and structural damage. Tackle roof leaks as soon as you see them to avoid damage to your wallet and to your personal property.
2) Clean your downspouts and gutters.
Make it a point to clean your downspouts and gutters at least twice a year, depending on the number of trees near or on your property. Clogged downspouts and gutters often cause interior water damage. Do what you can to keep water from flooding your home!
3) Sweep the chimney.
Hire a professional to sweep your chimney once a year. It’s extremely important that you keep your chimney free of bird nests, creosote and other flammables.
4) Replace air conditioner, air and furnace filters.
Regularly change your filters to ensure that it is not clogged up with dust and dirt. Changing it every month or so will make your air conditioner and furnace run smoothly and efficiently!
5) Drain your water line.
When the seasons change, be wary of the water in your water line – especially in all outside faucets. Turn off the water, drain your water line and let all the excess water out. Temperatures that are below freezing may cause water to solidify, damaging your plumbing and possibly causing flooding.
6) Check your driveway for cracks.
If your driveway is made of asphalt, remember to closely inspect it at least once a year. You can easily fill cracks that are approximately ½ inch in width or less, then apply a seal coat to finish off the job. Wider cracks can cause structural damage to your driveway, and can result in an extremely expensive repair bill later on.
7) Have the septic tank cleaned.
Frequently check your septic tank’s sludge level. Call a professional to clean out the septic tank when it is approximately ½ to ¾ full. Postponing this task may just leave you with a mess you do not want to deal with. To extend the time between cleanings use a septic tank treatment like Rid-X.
Make it a point to jot write these tasks down on your calendar. This way, you’ll remember to take care of them at the right time. You’ll save a lot of time and money by addressing small problems before they turn into big ones. With a little preventive maintenance, you’ll be able to save even more money, time and effort!
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