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11 Most Important Home Maintenance Tasks You Shouldn’t Ignore

Even if you’re incredibly meticulous with home maintenance, some tasks may be left behind. That’s why it’s important to make a home checklist of all the timely maintenance that has to be done throughout the year. It’ll ensure that your home stays in top condition and is ready for weather hazards.

Here are some home maintenance tasks that you should always keep an eye on to increase your home’s lifespan:

Have You Cleaned The Dryer Vents Lately?

A dryer is an important part of our lives. However, they require a lot of energy to dry clothes. And to keep them working in top condition, you’ll need to ensure that you clean out the dryer from time to time.

When the dryer runs while your vent is clogged, poisonous gases like carbon monoxide can stay inside the dryer chambers and permeate your home environment. This can lead to health complications and breathing problems.

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When Did You Last Update Your Smoke Detector?

Smoke detectors are an essential component of the house maintenance checklist. They cannot prevent fires. However, they can alert you in the early stages of fire, like rising smoke, so you can protect your house from burning and safeguard your loved ones.

An easy way to check if your smoke detector is working is to hold a heat source near the detector. You can use a lighter, matchstick, or a candle for this purpose. If the detector does not react to heat, allow the smoke from a burnt-out candle to reach the detector. If it still does not ring a warning bell, change the batteries and test again.

However, you’ll need to get a new smoke detector if there’s still no response.

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Did You Get Roof Inspection Services?

Due to the thawing and melting action of the snow, roof shingles and brickwork can become damaged over time. It can cause moisture damage and water penetration into the interior walls of your home. Also, you’ll have to deal with the moss build-up in the cold and rainy seasons. The greenery can penetrate your roof and cause structural damage as well. So, you’ll also need to get treatment to prevent the moss and fungi from growing back.

When Was The Last Time You Had Your Roof Gutters Cleaned?

Roof gutters are also an important part of house maintenance. If your gutters are jammed, water can penetrate the ground around your foundation and cause damage. This can also result in uneven settling due to moist ground. All soil has an absorption capacity, so it’s best that excess water goes into the drain rather than accumulating around your property and becoming a laying ground for mosquitos.

So, you’ll need to check the downspout and clear out all the leaves and debris. Also, you can call your local roof cleaners to handle the project for you as it can be dangerous to do maintenance at a height.

red shingles on a roof

Is Your Garden Block Wall Cracking?

Brick and block walls can become susceptible to damage if there is insufficient protection against water penetration and weak mortar. If you’re dealing with a cracked wall, missing mortar, and spalling, bricks, call your local block wall contractors to handle the project.

They’ll ensure that the wall is repaired properly without damaging the structural integrity of the rest of the wall.

When Was The Last Time You Painted The Exterior?

Exterior paint seems like an unimportant task. However, not getting a fresh coat of paint when it’s due can ruin your home’s look. This can also make it difficult to attract potential buyers if you’re looking to put your house up on the market. Therefore, you can get in touch with your local commercial painting services and discuss renovation options for your home exterior.

These days’ neutral colors are in season with a bright-colored door to add some contrast to the house’s personality.

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When Was The Last Time You Maintained Your Grass?

Grass maintenance requires a lot of water and lawn mowing on your part. So, the motor smoke from the lawn mower is released into the environment as a pollutant. If you’re thinking of reducing your carbon footprint and water consumption, consider going for artificial grass installation. Artificial grass requires minimal to no maintenance at all.

Also, this is one maintenance list you can gladly take one of your lists for years to come. It’s just that convenient.

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Do You Have Any Broken Or Missing Pavers?

If you’ve got flat pavers installed in your driveway, patio, deck, or garden, It can be a hazard for you and your guests as they make their way in the dark. That’s why getting them repaired or replaced as soon as possible is important. Also, if you’re dealing with half of your patio area in old and broken pavers, you might need to go to paver installation services to prevent accidental falls. Also, pavers can be used instead of flagstone for a unique aesthetic.

When Did You Last Clean Your Refrigerator Coils?

These coils are located at the bottom half of the refrigerator’s back. Over time, these coils can become clogged with dust, cobwebs, hair, and other debris that can affect the refrigerator’s cooling ability. So, it makes your compressor work harder and longer than it’s designed to work. It can also make it consume more energy which can shorten your refrigerator’s life as well.

So, take a coil cleaning brush and vacuum to gently clean the debris. Try to vacuum the top and get as much debris off the coil as you can. Then take the bendable brush, gently scrub off the sticky debris, and vacuum the loose material. Also, if you’re unable to handle this on your own, always call a handyperson to prevent aggravating the problem.

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When Did You Last Clean The Window Weep Holes?

Did you know that your window may have weep holes? You should go and check if you’re unsure. Many sliding and vinyl windows have holes at the bottom of the frame designed to remove the water that can collect in the bottom channel. Also, these holes can become plugged because of the dust and debris accumulating over the months in the frame. So when it rains, all this dust and debris in the rainwater can become a mess.

So, you must keep an eye on this. You can also test the weep holes by pouring a glass of water into the window tracks and spraying the outside of the window with water to simulate rain. So if you don’t see steady water coming out of the weep holes, try poking a wire into it from the outside. You can also spray the hole with compressed air and then wet it again.

Do You Drain The Sediment And Water From Your Water Heater?

Can you remember the last time you drained your water heater? Hot water is important, and most of our clients agree that nothing is more relaxing or comforting than a hot shower at the start and the end of the day. So, to ensure you get your daily dose of a hot shower and mental peace, water heater maintenance should be on top of your list.

A way to ensure that you do your duty with the water heater is to drain a little water from it yearly. Sediment can collect at the bottom of the tank, creating hot spots due to the gas-powered heater as you need to light the burner. And once these spots develop, they can cause damage to your water heater and increase your energy bills. So, we recommend draining your water heater to save on your bills and ensure your shower musings and self-therapy sessions.

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Get Expert Construction Services And Block Wall Repairs At CF VICE Construction

Home maintenance is not a walk in the park. It takes extensive planning and a lot of time to pen down and execute.

So if you’re looking for reliable contractors to help with block wall fence installation, paver installation services, and masonry repair services, CF VICE Construction can help you out.

You can get in touch with us to learn more about our services in Phoenix.

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