Things All Homeowners Should Do Once a Month

January 25, 2019

 

Do these tasks monthly, and you’ll save a money in emergency repairs and headaches.

Inspect attic for leaks during rain storm

 

Go into your attic to spot any leaks during a rain storm. Roof leaks can go unnoticed for a long time creating damage damage and can be a source of mold growth, which is harmful to your health.

 

Check HVAC filters

 

You should replace your air filters at least four times a year, but check them once a month. This keeps air in the house healthy and your system running efficiently.

 

Inspect automatic garage door safety shutoff

 

Test that the safety features of your automatic-opening garage door are still in good shape. That includes the safety beams, which should stop the door from closing if it detects anything the door’s path.

 

Lubricate garage doors

 

Your garage doors are usually a series of panels that are connected with hinges and have metal or plastic rollers. Use an appropriate lubricant, usually white lithium grease, depending on metal or plastic rollers, to keep your garage door operating smoothly.

 

Trim shrubs around your air-conditioning units

 

Shrubs often grow around your A/C unit, which will block air flow. This will cause the unit to work harder and can cause damage, so it is important to maintain your shrubs and remove leaves from the surrounding area.

 

Clear snow from all outside vents and meters

 

Blocked outside exhaust vents can be a safety issue as carbon monoxide can build up if they are blocked by snow. Check your dryer, furnace, and water heater vents monthly, and especially after a snowstorm.  Also make sure your gas and electric meters are accessible.

 

Clean your refrigerator grille

 

Your refrigerator has a grille that you can detach to get access to the compressor and cooling coils. This builds up dust over time and blocks air flow, which can burn out your refrigerator’s cooling system.

 

Inspect sinks and tub drains

 

If you notice that your sinks or tubs aren’t draining as quickly, there could be a blockage. First, try to remove anything that is obstructing the pipe manually using a pipe cleaner or snake. Second, pour a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by some hot water, which should clear things out.

 

Clean the garbage disposal

 

The best way to clean out your garbage disposal is with baking soda and white vinegar. Take half a cup of baking soda and a cup of white wine vinegar, and put both down the sink. After a few minutes, pour some boiling hot water down, too. Next, fill the drain with some ice cubes, and add a cup of salt, which will help to remove debris. Finally, add lemon halves to the disposal and keep both the water running and the garbage disposal on.

 

Of course if you need any assistance with any above mentioned or other home maintenance and repair needs, you can always call Let Me Fix It Handyman Service at 402-401-4176 to schedule an appointment. 

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