Home maintenance chores can be cumbersome if you let the work pile up every month. Taking care of cleaning and maintenance around your home in a timely fashion will ensure you identify and fix issues before they get worse. Here’s a handy list of home maintenance items that you can check every month to help keep your house in tip-top shape.
Spruce up radiators, registers, and vents
Make it a point to clean the heating elements, registers, and vents around your home. These accumulate dust over time, which is then circulated around your home. Also, making sure they are free from clutter will help keep your heating system efficient and safe. If you are using a forced-air heat or A/C, slide out the filter to make sure it's not in need of a change.i
Clean the kitchen sink disposal unit
The inner workings of your garbage disposal system tend to become grimy over time and collect added layers of waste. An easy way to keep your disposal clean is to use frozen cubes of white vinegar and run them in your sink disposal system. The vinegar eliminates the grime and offensive odors, and it's a non-toxic way to keep things clean.ii
Check fire extinguishers
Take a look at your fire extinguishers every month. You can’t say when you would need them unexpectedly. Look to see if the pressure reading is fine and always store the can in a cool place where it is easily accessible in case of an emergency.iii
Check and clean gutters and drains
It’s quite common to ignore your gutters and drains until the end of a season. You should, however, keep an eye on them instead of waiting for a pile-up or clog. This will help ensure that water flows away from your house instead of causing a flood or ice dams!iv
Check fire alarms
A quick dusting will help keep the sensors clear. Additionally, check the battery and the battery compartment for corrosion. Now is also a great time to swap out the battery.v
Check gas appliances and connections
Inspect all gas appliances in your home, including stoves, fireplaces, and heaters. If you do find an area of concern, like a stubborn pilot light or loose connection, get in touch with a professional immediately.vi
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