Over the years, auto-pilot may have set in, but you must stay on top of your home maintenance to-dos by and tackle certain homeowners’ projects once a year.
Drain Your Hot Water Heater
Sediment builds up over time at the bottom of the tank, causing corrosion. Partial draining removes the sediment and keeps the heater running longer and more efficiently. These tricks can keep your house warm without hiking your heating bill.
Review your Coverage
Make sure that your homeowners insurance policy continues to cover weather hazards like hail and wind, and review your deductibles. You will want to determine replacement costs.
Also, knowing what you own is crucial. After accumulate things over time, you should make sure you are properly covered in your insurance policy for not only the contents of your home but the structure itself, especially if you invested in it with home remodel projects.
Inspect Your Roof
Roof longevity can erode quickly and cause leaks, stains on walls, and even flood damage. Check your attic for signs of water damage, because if there are water stains on the ceilings or walls, it’s a sure sign that your roof needs some attention. Any missing or damaged tiles should be replaced immediately to avoid leaks reaching inside your home.
Clean your Gutters
Buildup from fallen leaves and other debris can rot and eventually clog the downspouts and even damage parts of the gutter. “As gutters help the home get rid of excess water, they’re bound to accumulate debris throughout the year that can obstruct the flow of water and lead to overflowing.
Garages are often home to much more than cars and your miscellaneous storage, but possibly rodents and bugs too. Clean your garage once a year by taking out everything and deep-cleaning the space to maintain the longevity of your garage and keep you organized and active as you use your space.
Harsh weather conditions can weaken trees and cause them to break. Monitor the positioning of your trees to look out for any changes. Check for cracks in the ground surrounding the tree, as the roots may have become dislodged. If a large tree was to fall the damage can be quite significant.
Check Windows for Gaps
Cold and damp conditions can cause window frames to swell, so once they return to their original size, it can create gaps. This will let in drafts, cost you a lot in lost energy and entices thieves. Gaps can be filled using a variety of materials, such as mortar, frame sealant, and decorators caulk. Try to use the same material that was previously used to seal the windows for the best result.
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