One of the most important (and often least favorite) responsibilities as a homeowner is home maintenance and upkeep. It is crucial for keeping the home not only looking good, but functioning at it's best. Keeping a regular eye on your home and properly maintaining it can save you thousands of dollars and a lot of frustration down the road if a problem is caught too late.
We found an interesting article that mentions 6 sometimes missed home maintenance items that are important to stay on top of! The list is below, and you can check out the full article by visiting here.
Cleaning Your Refrigerator Drip Pan: It's possible you didn't even realize your refrigerator has one! It does, and as the name implies, it collects water. It is important to clean this at least every once in a while, as leaving it alone can result in mold growth. Eww.
Flushing Your Water Heater: I had no idea. Turns out, the water needs to be flushed in order to remove sediment that collects in the heater. And getting rid of the sediment is important because the sediment can cause corrosion, reduce the heater's efficiency and reduce the heater's life span.
Resealing Your Grout: When tile is first laid, it is sealed to protect the grout from the wear and tear of everyday use. Well, the seal doesn't last forever! In fact, you are supposed to reseal your grout every year! Why is this important? Grout can absorb water, bacteria and stains if the grout seal is not properly maintained.
Testing for Water Leaks: Checking for water leaks around the home can end up saving you big time! Not only will it save money on your water bill, but it could save you thousands on potentially costly repairs due to damage done to your home by the leak. Even a small leak can wreck havoc over a period of time.
Resealing Granite or Marble Countertops: It is recommended to do this at least once per year. The best way to tell when it's time to reseal is to drop some water on your countertop and see how quickly it absorbs. If it absorbs quickly, it means the countertop is porous and needs to be resealed.
Washing Your Dryer Lint Screen: We're not just talking about removing lint and dog hair after every load of laundry! We're talking about soaking the screen in hot water and dish soap and gently scrubbing the screen with a soft brush to remove build-up. Rinse, and make sure the screen is completely dry before re-inserting it.