A Few Not-so-well Known Maintenance Tips

Submitted by Pike Mutual on Sat, 10/10/2020 - 8:00am
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There are plenty of articles discussing maintenance tips for homeowners. While tasks like clearing out the gutters during the fall are certainly important, these are far from the only things you should do to maintain your property. Here are some commonly overlooked items you should pay attention to to keep your home in top shape.

Exhaust Fans and Ductwork

Exhaust fans play a vital role in the bathrooms and kitchen by removing moist, humid air that can lead to mold and mildew growth. You should routinely inspect your exhaust fans to make sure they are working properly. Clean the air intake vents, which can get clogged with lint and dust over time. Hiring an HVAC contractor to routinely inspect and clean your ductwork can also be beneficial.

Sump Pump

If you have a basement, a sump pump is an absolute must. The sump pump collects excess moisture in the basement and pumps it outside, preventing flooding while also protecting your home’s foundation. You should periodically inspect your sump pump. Test it by slowly pouring a five-gallon bucket of water into the pump. The pump should turn on automatically; if not, call a plumber for repairs.

Change Out Hoses

The washing machine is an essential appliance, but it can also contribute to household flooding and mildew growth if you aren’t careful. The most common culprit is the hose, which can crack or deteriorate over time. Check and test washing machine hoses for leaks, and replace them if you notice any issues.

By paying attention to the small details, you can prevent serious household problems later on. Make these maintenance tasks a priority today!