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Things All Smart Homeowners Do Once a Year

Smart homeowners treat their homes like their cars. You can’t drive 10,000 miles without an oil change. Your home also needs regular service and maintenance. Some things should be done annually – some monthly or even weekly.

20 Jobs You Should Take Care Of Annually

Homes require regular maintenance to preserve value, ensure safety and save money. Major repairs are more expensive if the home is not taken care of.

Smart repair items once a year

Duct cleaning

Dust, dirt and sometimes toys end up in HVAC ducts. Duct cleaning companies remove everything to keep your system efficient and clean so dirt isn’t recycled throughout the house.

Make sure your duct joints fit tightly together to prevent air from escaping. Joints can be screwed together and/or sealed with duct tape. Loose or disconnected joints increase energy consumption by wasting warm or cool air in crawl spaces and attics.

Check the HVAC system

HVAC filters should be changed regularly to ensure proper airflow. Compressed filters increase cost, reduce efficiency and shorten system life. Check for leaks, loose parts, and worn belts.

Clean dryer vents and hoses

Dirty or clogged dryer vents increase energy consumption, reduce machine performance and are a dangerous fire hazard. Remove the hose or pipe and clean everything well. Make sure the machine filter is cleaned regularly.

Clean exhaust fan

A combination of moisture, dust and grease sticks to the blades, housing and even ducts of bath and kitchen exhaust fans. Annual cleaning keeps them efficient and calm.

Drain the hot water tank

Sludge builds up on the bottom of hot water tanks—reducing efficiency, increasing energy consumption, and shortening tank life. Turn off the incoming water faucet and heat source before draining the tank to keep it clean.

Clean the gutters

Clogged gutters and downspout overflows right next to the home’s foundation increase the possibility of a basement or crawl space. Clean up accumulated dirt, leaves, twigs, pine needles and cones. Hire professionals for high ceilings or if you are not comfortable on ladders.

Inspect the roof

Keep an eye on your roof when cleaning gutters. Identifying broken or missing shingles and repairing them early can save on more expensive leak repairs. Curling shingles are a sign that a new roof should be installed.

Visit the attic

Attics are often neglected—sometimes for years. Common Attic Pests Like mice and squirrels can live. Roof leak lead Mold in the attic. A leak in the attic indicates a roofing problem. Early detection of pests and water can save time and money.

Inspect the crawl space

Crawl spaces are often nasty. They are damp, moldy and can be infested with pests like termites. HVAC, plumbing, and electrical components should be tested at the same time. Regular inspections find problems early. even Encapsulated crawl space Needs to be inspected.

Inspect the deck and railings

Wood decks and railings should be refinished as needed to prevent rot. Loose railings are not only unsightly but also dangerous. They need to be protected. Concrete decks, driveways and sidewalks can float and crack in cold climates. Block and brick decks become uneven when frozen or very wet. Or even with soil movement over time.

Check for water damage

Water ingress into the building envelope of a home causes extensive damage. The longer it goes undetected, the higher the repair costs. Leaks can happen anywhere—but the most likely locations are attics, basements, crawl spaces, and wall penetrations such as windows, doors, and pipes. They all need to be checked.

Check pipes and drains

Leaks in water pipes and drains also cause water damage. Check under all sinks and tubs for drips. Check all incoming water pipes and drainage systems for leaks. Clean garbage disposal and drain the sink. Make sure to deal with it Common toilet problems.

Check window and door weatherstripping

Weatherstripping on windows and doors is worn or damaged. Painted weatherstrips harden and don’t work. Replace it. Be sure to seal any gaps around windows and doors.

Test warning device

Most smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors give a warning when the battery is low. They all have a test button. Make sure they are checked regularly and in good working order to keep your family safe.

Clean wood-burning appliance chimneys

Burning wood creates creosote which gets trapped inside the chimney. Excessive buildup and heat cause chimney fires. Fire is very hot and dangerous. Chimney replacement may even be necessary after a fire. Clean the chimney regularly for safety and to save money.

Check sump pump operation

In dry years, sump pumps may not run for months. Make sure yours works by pouring enough water into the sump to activate the pump. Repair or replace it if necessary. Make sure the lines are not stuck. Get the sump pump mold. Eliminating mold growth early keeps indoor air healthy.

Inspection of fences and gates

Fences and gates require regular maintenance – painting, repairs, new hardware, etc. Unmodified fences have peeling paint and gates that don’t work properly. Building a new fence is expensive and time consuming.

Check door handles and window latches

Loose door handles take a few minutes to tighten. A falling door handle can throw you out of the house. Keep window latches locked tightly to save electricity and keep the house comfortable

Clean swimming pools and hot tubs

Swimming pools and hot tubs require regular draining and cleaning. They should be inspected for cracks. Pumps, hoses and connections should be checked and replaced if necessary.

Test safety system

Make sure your security system is up to date and working properly. The software should update automatically but check anyway. Make sure all cameras, alarms and lights are working.

Some more smart homeowner habits

Smart homeowners also develop smart habits. Some of them include:

  • Home inventory. Know what you have for insurance purposes and review the policy annually.
  • Clean garages, sheds, basements and attics. Lets you know what you have and organizes things. Can help you spot problems like mold.
  • Rotate preserved foods. Timely use of food saves money. Eliminates health problems from eating expired food.
  • Dispose of old prescriptions and dietary supplements. For security reasons.
  • Hire professionals. If you can’t–or don’t want to–do some of these tasks, hire a professional service Avoiding them is not a good practice.


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