The new year is almost upon us. What better time to take stock of repair needs and get started on a few little things that can help your home operate at its best all year long.
1. Restore flow to shower & bath fixtures
Put showerhead in a mix of half vinegar/ half water to break down mineral deposits that could be clogging it up. Check your fixture every 15 minutes to make sure that vinegar is not wearing the finish. Can’t get the showerhead off? Make up your mixture in a ziploc bag and rubberband it to the showerhead to get the same effect.
2. Clean the dishwasher
Vinegar can be used in other places, too. Add a cup of vinegar to dishwasher and let it run empty once a month or so. It will break down hard-water buildups and make things look new again.
3. Check your gutters
Before we get into April showers, make sure that gutters are functioning correctly and downspouts are pointing away from your foundation, where excess water can wreak havoc.
4. Prevent scum on shower doors
You know that Rain X additive you can put in your windshield wiper fluid to help rain bead off while you’re drying? You can use that on your shower doors as well, to help prevent buildup that causes hardwater scum and mildew.
5. Have your home checked for termites
Trust us, it’s better to have a professional take a look and even treat your foundation on the front end than it is to have to get termite damaged walls repaired.
6. Start the year off with clean filters
HVAC filters are actually supposed to be changed monthly, especially during peak months for using A/C and heat (gulp). Go ahead and get your good habit started in January by replacing filters with high quality ones and setting calendar reminders for the remainder of the year.
And if you didn’t just do it in October, check all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure the batteries are working.
7. Check the attic for leaks
When you’re putting your Christmas decor back up in the attic, look around for cracks where sunlight is coming through. These gaps could be reducing energy efficiency and allowing rodents and possibly rain a way into your house.
8. Show your septic tank some tlc
Soggy ground or lush vegetation surrounding your septic tank could mean it’s leaking or full. Flush a packet of yeast down the toilet closest to your main line every 3 months or so to keep your septic system’s bacteria in balance.
9. inspect your hardware, inside & out
Check your hardware to make sure it’s not wiggly or wobbly and lubricate hinges and locks. Replace anything that isn’t working.
10. IS your refrigerator running?
Sure it is, and it’s working hard all the time. Pull your fridge away from the wall and vacuum the refrigerator coils. Doing so can increase cooling efficiency and save you money.
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