Monsoon season is hard on your home. The wind can wreck havoc on your house and yard while the heat can be hard on you and your home. Now that monsoon weather is here there’s a few quick maintenance projects you may want to take on.
Roof and shingles: It’s pretty common for shingles to get damaged or detach completely after a big storm. Thoroughly inspect your roof to ensure that shingles are in good condition and the roof is structurally sound. If damage was done, you’re going to want to get it fixed before the next storm hits! It may not be time to replace your roof yet, but consider how many more years it has left and start preparing a budget.
Check your gutters: The weight of debris is more than enough to make your gutters sag or loosen, add in some wind and you can create a big issue. Clear out all the leaves and other debris that’s collected in the gutters, and make sure they’re still securely attached at all points.
Check concrete surfaces: Fluctuating temperatures cause concrete to expand and contract. This can lead to damaged driveways, walkways, and other surfaces, and that can spell bad news for water drainage. Fill the cracks with an appropriate material, and seal your surfaces if possible.
HVAC service: Let’s face it Arizona summer is hard on everyone and everything, especially the air conditioner! Make sure to clean the coils and change the filter. Better yet, bring in a professional for yearly maintenance. One of the worst things is having it go out mid summer!
We may be a little removed from New Year’s Day, but it’s not too late to make some 2016 resolutions for your home.
1. Start a home repair slush fund: Things in your home are going to break and need to fixed. It’s just a fact that comes with home ownership. Rather than letting expensive repairs take you by surprise, start planning for them. Set aside some money each month that you can eventually draw from when an appliance breaks or unexpected damage occurs.
2. Inspect your fireplace: Even if you have a gas fireplace, you should still inspect the valves and ceramic logs yearly to ensure that everything is operating safely and correctly. If you have wood fireplace, hire a certified chimney sweep to do the job.
3. Maintain your garage door: Garage doors are big and heavy, and that puts a lot of stress on the hinges and tracks that are use to open and close the door several times a day. A regularly scheduled $50 inspection could save you hundreds or thousands in the long run.
4.Tune up your furnace: Regular furnace inspections will help identify minor problems before they turn into major ones. Also, set reminders to replace your furnace filter.
5. Clean your coils: The No. 1 refrigerator maintenance task should be cleaning the condenser coils. They can get clogged with hair and dust, reducing your fridge’s efficiency. Have you cleaned yours lately? You can hire a professional to do it, but it’s also an easy do-it-yourself job.
Many of us are guilty of deferred home maintenance, I know I am! Deferred maintenance is just things we put off because we don’t have the money, the time, or we just don’t realize it needs to be done. Flushing your water heater for me went under the I didn’t know it needed to be done category. Your water heater is supposed to be flushed at least once a year (although most people don’t know this). If you live in a place with hard water like me, you’ll want to do this maybe quarterly.
Above is a picture of the sediment that can build up if you don’t flush you hot water heater. Gross right? Having this sediment can not only damage your hot water heater and cause it to make sounds, it can also decrease the efficiency and cost you more money.
So what’s the good news? Flushing your hot water heater is SUPEP SIMPLE! I recently flushed my gas hot water heater and took pictures to show you how it works.
First, attach the hose and place the end of the hose somewhere the water will be able to drain out easily.
Next, be sure to turn your thermostat to vacation mode and dial by your striker to off.
Then, turn off your gas and water supplies.
And finally you’re ready to drain! To open the water way use a screw driver to allow the water to start flowing.
Once the water stops flowing out (or if it’s clean) use the screw driver to close the water supply and you’re done! Follow the directions on your water heater to turn it back on or re light your pilot if it’s a gas hot water heater.