There are some home maintenance tasks that are far too easy to skip over. Compared to the myriad work and family obligations that demand your attention, the house seems pretty cooperative. That is until things start to go wrong. Whether you are new to homeownership or you've been doing it for years, these four routine tasks should never be skipped if you want to avoid costly repairs.
1. Monitor the Septic System
No one really likes to think about this part of the house's plumbing, but if you let a problem build-up you'll probably regret it. Schedule an initial septic tank maintenance Cortlandt Manor NY to make sure that everything is flowing as it should be. Then take the time to learn how to keep it that way.
2. Change HVAC Filters
This is an easy task that anyone — regardless of your DIY skill level — can handle. Most homes that are equipped with filters will have a large access door that removes without tools. Use the existing filter to determine the size you need and swap it out. Check that the filter is placed correctly in relation to the direction of airflow so it can work properly.
3. Inspect the Roof and Gutters
Your roof and gutters protect the house's interior from the elements. If one of them were to fail, it could cause serious damage to interior walls, furniture and belongings. A visual inspection of your roof and gutters can spot potential problems before damage occurs. Look for signs of lifting, sagging or the gutters pulling away and address any issues you see.
4. Clean the Dryer Vent
Sadly, failing to clean the exhaust vent is a leading cause of dryer related fires. Make this a regular part of your home maintenance checklist. If you are unsure about how best to vent a dryer, this guidance from the U.S. Fire Administration can help.
A little proactive maintenance can help you avoid a potentially large problem down the road. Make sure to include these tasks to help keep you home safe and sound.