Some often forgotten home maintenance tasks become memorable when they cause a big repair bill. We have identified 7 commonly forgotten home maintenance tasks which can be costly when they are overlooked.
Clean Out The Gutters
Gutters can accumulate leaves, bird nests and other debris which will weigh enough to pull the gutters away from their mounting. This condition will cause water to run down the side of the home and into the foundation. These gutters will not drain properly causing the water to flow over the side and onto the landscaping.
Hire A Professional To Inspect The Roof
The roof should be inspected once a year to find the problems that can cause water to leak into the home. Caulking, sealant and flashing should be inspected because these materials can also allow water to leak into the home when they are defective. The roof decking should be examined to determine whether it is rotting. Curled shingles and shingles out of place need to be replaced or nailed down securely. One other important part of the roof is the drip edge since this is what channels the water into the gutters.
Clean The Chimney
Creosote can build up in the chimney. This is a very flammable substance, and it can cause a fire. Critters can build nests in the chimney, and they will cause a problem when the fireplace is used.
Service The Heating And Cooling System
These systems should be inspected and serviced before each season begins. Routine maintenance will prolong the life of the equipment and help prevent emergency repairs. Well-maintained systems will be energy-efficient. Checking the thermostat is also essential.
Flush Out The Water Heater
Mineral deposits will build up over time on the bottom of the tank. The result is corrosion which causes the tank to leak. These deposits also make it more difficult to heat the water. The result is an unnecessary use of energy.
Clean The Refrigerator Coils
Dirt, dust and pet hair will clog the coils to the point where they can no longer release heat removed from the refrigerator. This condition makes the motor work harder to release heat through dirty coils.
Check The Slope Of The Soil Around The Foundation
The soil around the foundation should slope away from the foundation to prevent water from becoming a problem. Water that builds up can result in hydrostatic pressure which can cause water to push through the foundation into the basement. Hydrostatic pressure is the main cause of basement leaks.