Home Maintenance Tasks That You Should Do More Often
Sometimes, it feels easier to just avert our eyes and pretend like everything is dandy. Hey, we used to do it too.
Yet, from our own mistakes, we learned how important it is to be proactive when it comes to house maintenance. Snip a minor problem before it grows into a full-sized dilemma.
If you’re reading this blog, it’s a wake-up call. Want to avoid a collapsed roof? Or, flooding that ruins everything? Here are 3 maintenance tasks that you should do more often.
Maintain Your Roof
Your roof does a lot for you, so why not show it some love? Aim to inspect and clean your roof at least once a year. You can either maintain your roof on your own, or hire professionals that specialize in roof maintenance and repair.
If you go the DIY route, pay particular attention to leaks, damages, cracks, and broken or loose shingles on your roof. Then, work to treat each of these problems.
Pro Tip: Once repairs are done, don’t forget to do some roof cleaning. Did you know that the stains and blemishes on your roof might be algae, fungi, or moss? These things can rot and weaken wooden shingles, so it’s best to proactively clean your roof.
Assess Entryways for Cracks and Gaps
If your doors and windows are not well maintained, it could lead to a lot of problems. For instance, you could be cranking your heating up just for that expensive heat to slip outside. Or, water might slip inside your home and damage your walls during a thunderstorm.
Make it a habit to check up on windows, frames, interior, and exterior walls to make sure things are all patched up. If you notice door and/or window gaps, you can usually tackle the problem without a professional. Use tools such as:
- Weather tape
- Duct tape (if you have nothing else)
Clean Your Gutters
Not cleaning your gutters regularly can lead to a bunch of unpleasant and often disastrous situations. Poorly maintained gutters can trap water, which chips away at your foundation and attracts unwanted pests and insects.
As Fall approaches and leaves start falling — your gutters are even more susceptible to getting clogged. Take time to de-clog your gutters, and clean out that goop.
Pro tip: Dealing with goop and gunk that just won’t budge? Plug up the downspouts of your gutter, and fill it with a mix of vinegar and warm water. Wait an hour, and things should loosen up.