Owning a home comes with its fair share of responsibilities, which can often feel like an endless list of tasks and chores. Sometimes, if you’re unlucky enough, you even get the occasional unwelcome surprise that requires your immediate attention. So what can you do about it?
While most people dread to-do lists, these handy reminders can actually help you to avoid unexpected repairs, safety hazards and unnecessary costs related to property damage. Here are some of the most common household chores that people forget (intentionally or not!) to put on their home maintenance checklist.
1. Clean the dryer.
Did you know that neglecting your dryer can cause an actual fire that can burn down your house? This is one of those hidden household dangers you never really thought about. Usually, we assume that our appliances don’t require maintenance unless they break or malfunction.
Well, this way of thinking needs to change… right away! You definitely don’t want to wait for an accident to happen before you realize how important taking care of your appliances actually is.
2. Check the chimney.
Did you know that chimney defects lead to fires that can destroy an entire house or building? For this reason and to avoid any unnecessary risks or damage, it is recommended that you inspect your chimney at least twice a year. If you’re undertaking the task yourself, be very careful, but the best thing to do is to hire a trained professional.
In many cases, restricted flow in your chimney is caused by a layer of creosote that builds up over time. But without getting a professional chimney inspection, you never really know. You may be facing a more serious problem, especially since the chimney is hard to reach.
3. Clean the air conditioner regularly.
You’re probably already familiar with the next item on this list–if you don’t clean your air conditioner, it will get clogged up with accumulated dust and other particles, and inevitably break down. But, did you know that poor maintenance of an air conditioner can also compromise your indoor air quality and thus your health? In fact, proper maintenance of your AC is directly connected to mold prevention–read more about the relationship between air conditioners and mold here.
4. Clean the gutters.
Speaking of mold, you can expect to see it anywhere you have problems with moisture. If you notice dark spots on your walls (and there are no obvious signs of flooding), check your outside gutters. If they’re blocked, they will overflow, and the water will leak down the walls and penetrate into your home through poorly sealed windows, doors and foundation cracks. The result? Mold on you indoor walls.
5. Clean the drain.
When it comes to flooding and water damage, the cause is often in the pipes. If you can hear strange sounds coming from your plumbing, or if there’s some kind of problem with the water pressure, you should apply an eco-friendly drain cleaner to get rid of any buildup that may have accumulated in your pipes. If that doesn’t work, called a professional to thoroughly inspect this issue before it’s too late.
These are just some of the ways you can save money and protect both your home and your loved ones from unnecessary safety risks. To avoid headaches, consider making a home-maintenance checklist and dividing those tasks into weekly, monthly and annual categories. This will allow you to schedule your time more efficiently so you never feel overwhelmed by household chores again!
Let us know what you think, or suggest strategies of your own!