11 Must-Do Monthly Maintenance Tasks

Brought To You By: Kristi L Tapscott •  VP Mortgage Loan Officer at Progress Bank

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The smart way to maintain a home in tip-top shape is with a monthly check-up: a brief list of simple tasks you can deal with in less than an hour. By doing this regularly, you’ll catch problems at their earliest stages before they can become expensive emergencies. Keeping the mechanics of your home in good working order also extends their lives, giving you the benefit of additional years of service before you need to make repairs or replacements.

Check the furnace filter. The filter is a vital component of furnaces and heat pumps. The only heating systems without filters are those with boilers, which use water to heat the home. Pull out the filter and clear any dust or other debris clogging the screen, or replace it if necessary. You’ll enjoy better air quality and lower energy costs.

Check range hood filter. The exhaust vent in your range hood has a filter to catch grease. To keep it working properly, clean it regularly. Remove it and scrub in the sink with hot water and grease-cutting dishwashing liquid. Let it dry and put it back in place.

Clear drains. Check that water is draining freely in all sink, shower, and tub drains. If it backs up, unclog it with boiling water, or baking soda and vinegar, or a drain snake. Be sure not to mix drain cleaner and home remedies, as some chemicals may have adverse reactions.

Clean garbage disposal. To prevent odors and other problems, pour a half cup of baking soda into the disposal, then slowly add a half cup of vinegar. Or drop in ice cubes, grind them, and follow with a half cup of baking soda and boiling water..

Check for leaks around sinks and toilets. Look further into any sign of water, even a few drops. A leak only gets worse over time, so the sooner you catch it, the smaller the plumbing bill will be.

Test smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. Smoke alarms and CO detectors should have a test button. If you don’t see one, check online with the manufacturer to learn how to test your detector. You may even be able to test smart detectors from your phone.

Check fire extinguishers. Make sure they’re easily accessible and aren’t damaged. If they’re old, dented, or show low pressure, it’s time to replace them.

Examine all electrical cords. Check for damage to the wire’s insulation, especially near the plug, a common area for wear. Repair any problem areas with electrical tape and make a plan to replace the cord as soon as possible.

Check the house exterior. Walk around your home, checking the roof, siding, windows, doors, and foundation for any damage. Take note of any standing water close by, as that can be an indication of leaks or other problems.

Check your air conditioner. Look for leaks around the copper lines that connect to the indoor evaporator coil. If you find any, it’s time to call an HVAC professional.

Clear the outdoor dryer vent. Make sure the opening is free of lint and debris build-up.

In addition to these monthly checks, it’s worth it to keep up with seasonal and annual maintenance tasks. Click here for a list.


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