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  • Writer's pictureJenny

Your Essential Home Maintenance Checklist

No one likes surprises, and when it comes to your home, it’s especially important that you’re not surprised by any cracks, leakages, or otherwise. Keeping on top of your maintenance at home can save you heaps of cash, and while it can be time-consuming - it’s worth it in the long run. Often, homeowners aren’t following aware of the routine jobs they should be doing aside from cleaning, and it can lead to high costs and responsibilities down the line.

Check your pipes

No matter how good your plumbing is, you can never be too careful with it. What functions perfectly today, could fail tomorrow, and that’s not a risk you want to be taking when it comes to your plumbing. Even a small leak in your pipes can lead to water damage over time, and if you don’t catch it early. You’re going to get mold and possible structure damage. Check underneath your sink, the pipes in your basement, and anywhere else you can get access to your pipes. Of course, you don’t have to do it every day - but it helps to have a routine check to ensure there’s no small leak.

Even a hairline crack in your pipe presents a serious threat, and you want to prevent it from getting any worse. The worst-case scenario is that you’ll have to get in touch with plumbing services in your area to come and handle it before any major damage is done.

Change the batteries in your alarms

Your alarms are your first line of defense against anything that puts you in danger, and you need to make sure they’re fully functioning at all times. Your fire alarm is especially important, and while you might not see any use of it on a daily basis - it only needs to not function once and it’s too late. Do yourself a favor and change the batteries on your alarms at least once a year.

Call for a roof inspection

Your roof is there to protect your home from the outside weather all year round, and expecting it to be able to hold up flawlessly forever is unreasonable. If possible, you should have your roof surveyed a least once per year, as you have a chance to catch damages before anything gets out of hand.

While you might not notice a tile missing, or a crack, or tear in your roof - once the weather gets really bad, your home is at risk of structural damage. Water leaking through a crack in the roof can easily go unnoticed, especially if your attic is unused. You won’t notice until there are damp spots in your ceiling, or you start to smell it. At that point, it can turn dangerous, and the air in your home may not be safe to breathe.

Roof repairs can be costly at times, but nowhere near as expensive as it would be if you had to deal with the damp spots and possible structural damage.


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