Being a homeowner is certainly not always easy. According to TRUEGRID, a provider of paving solutions, there’s plenty of maintenance to do to keep your house in proper working order. It may seem like there’s always something in need of repair! From missing shingles to plumbing problems, you have to stay on your toes and keep up with home maintenance on a regular basis. If not, you run the risk of causing much bigger problems that can get quite costly down the road.
Fix the Toilets
Your leaky home is costing you money. The EPA points out that the average household’s leaks can total 10,000 gallons of wasted water each year, equal to 270 loads of laundry! In addition, 10 percent of homes have leaks wasting up to 90 gallons every single day. Toilets are one of the biggest culprits. Not only will you end up paying for all that wasted water, you’re also risking damage to the floor around your toilet and the ceiling below. One simple way to tell if you have a leak is to add red food coloring to the tank, wait an hour or so then check. If the bowl water is pink, there’s a leak somewhere and you will likely have to replace the flapper, says Money Crashers.
Check Your AC Units
With the summer in full swing, you can’t afford to overlook your air conditioning unit. As the top overworked appliance in your home, you have to give this unit the attention it deserves. This involves cleaning the unit, inspecting the condensation hoses for obstructions, removing debris from the screens, and changing out the filters when needed — usually every couple months or so. If your AC unit is dirty, it won’t work as efficiently. This will cost you more in energy bills and put a huge strain on the actual unit.
Caulk the Windows
Windows get drafty; it’s a fact of life. Particularly if you have old ones, you’ll have to seal up any drafts that can be leaking cold or hot air from your home depending on the season. Every season, inspect the condition of the caulking for your windows to ensure it’s not dry, cracked or peeling. If it is, simply remove the old stuff with a blade of some kind, such as a box cutter, then spread new caulk along the seams.
Unclog the Gutters
It’s normal for gutters to fill up with leaves, twigs, acorns, and even bird nests. However, if you don’t remove that debris regularly, rainwater won’t be able to flow freely along the gutters and downspouts, leading to clogs and pooling around the foundation. This can cause flooding or even structural damage in your crawlspace or basement, not to mention the bugs like termites that can be attracted by moisture. Even if you have gutter guards, you’ll still need to get out the smaller pieces of debris that can be caught in there.
Check the Roof
Give your roof a wellness check every season. Look for damaged, dislodged, or missing shingles, and check that the chimney isn’t crumbling and the flashing isn’t rusted or damaged.
Some maintenance tasks are bigger than others and may require a professional touch. In those cases, call in a pro for some help.
This article was contributed on behalf of TRUEGRID, your number one choice when looking for help with pavement maintenance. Design, paving, we do it all, so contact us today and see how we can help you!