Home Maintenance Tips You Probably Haven’t Thought About

Home Maintenance Tips You Probably Haven’t Thought About

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Being a first-time homeowner sounds fun, right? I think so! My boyfriend and I are on the home hunt but it’s been no easy task here in the Denver area. There are so many factors to consider when searching for a home. One such factor many first-timers probably haven’t thought about is… home repairs. Here are some home maintenance tips you probably haven’t thought about.

U.S. News and World Report revealed that 1 to 4 percent of a home’s value is spent annually on maintenance and repairs. Definitely something to consider when determining which homes you can afford. For example, Colorado residents may initially consider buying in Denver, Fort Collins, or Boulder. But you may also want to consider Colorado Springs houses for sale and keep your location options open.

Gone are the days of emailing your landlord to come fix your broken toilet. If something is in need of repair or replacement, it’s in your hands, which means maintenance is crucial. Even if you have a warranty on a newly-built home, many contracts stipulate that if an appliance or something else fails due to lack of maintenance, it won’t be covered. Here’s some tips to help you keep your home in peak shape, minimizing expenses and stress in the long run.

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Drain Sediment from the Water Heater

Sediment tends to collect at the bottom of water heater tanks which creates hot spots on heaters that are gas-powered. That can damage the tank, causing the lower heating element to fail. You can drain the sediment by connecting a garden hose to the drain outlet, then place the other end into a big bucket or near a drain in the floor. Flush sediment from the water heater’s bottom by opening the drain spigot, letting the water flow until it runs clear.

Cleaning Window Wells

You may not ever think about cleaning your window wells unless you run into a problem, which can happen when they’re neglected. Even after average rainfall, a gutter can get clogged, dumping water near your home and into the window well. The leaves act like a pool liner which prevents drainage, leading water levels to continually rise until the pressure breaks windows in the basement, flooding it with gallons and gallons of water. Water could also seep through a foundation wall and/or rot the basement window frame. Be sure to clean and drain your window wells to prevent problems like this, which insurance may not cover.

Restore Faucet Flows

Buildup of tiny grains of sands and other mineral deposits eventually start to gum up the aerator at the tip of faucets, which causes the faucet heads to reduce the flow of water or start to release it in an uneven spray. You can restore flow by wrapping tape around the aerator and twisting off. Wash out the debris and allow it to soak in vinegar before scrubbing it clean and placing it back on.

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Change Those HVAC Filters!

I know it sounds daunting, but you should have your heating system inspected, serviced, and cleaned annually. This will extend the life of your furnace and delay any expensive replacements. In addition, you should change your air filters seasonally or monthly, to protect against major problems.

Repair or Replace Damaged Roof Flashing

Roof flashing is material that’s placed at certain points on a roof that are prone to leaks, typically joints between various items and the roof, such as vents, chimneys and skylights, or between different areas of the roof. It’s usually made from metals resistant to corroding, but it can be made of other composites like plastic. It helps to direct water away from any areas that are leak prone off the roof or towards gutters. If it deteriorates, it can lead to leaks and ultimately damage both the roof and the house. If a leak isn’t treated, the drywall can become saturated, with the weight and loss of durability causing it to collapse. To avoid this, be sure to perform regular roof inspections to catch damage to flashing and make repairs and/or replacements if necessary.

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