How to keep your house in perfect order with these easy steps
Keeping a house in order is a lot of work. Apart from a regular cleaning routine, it also takes plenty of maintenance. Time flies, and it’s easy to forget doing things when they are due. That is why it’s best to keep a checklist of what needs to be done, and when. Take a look at our guide to home maintenance, and update your list if necessary.
The plumbing system
In case of major malfunctions, the plumbing system can cause a lot of damage and cost you a fortune. That’s why it’s best to keep an eye on it and inspect everything periodically. Start with the small stuff – replace or fix any leaking faucets. Add salt to the water softener if necessary. Clean all of the faucets and shower heads to remove any grime or calcium. Vinegar can come in handy with build-up. Pay attention to the grouting – is there visible damage? Check your drains, thoroughly clean them and unclog if needed. Dirty drains can be a breeding ground for drain flies, but thorough cleaning helps keep them away. Don’t forget to clean and deodorize your rubbish bins. There are plenty of ways to do this, and one of the easiest is to use ice cubes made from a mix of water and vinegar.
The heating system needs to be thoroughly inspected every year before the cold season begins. It’s best to get any repairs out of the way while the system is not being used. Inspect your water heater, including the relief valve at least twice a year. Every year, before the cold weather sets in, check out your heating vents. Get a professional to service your furnace. If you have a fireplace and a chimney, get them cleaned and check for hidden damage and dangers.
Check the appliances
Your appliances will only work at their full potential if they are regularly cleaned and serviced. Regular cleaning is of course, a matter of hygiene and foregoing it could pose a health hazard. Servicing appliances regularly will help you prevent or at least foresee major malfunctions. With regular servicing not only will you avoid unpleasant surprises, you are also likely to save money. A lot of people forget to have their A/C checked regularly. It’s vital to clean the filters at least a couple of times a year. They collect dust, germs and pollutants. Cleaning and servicing of the A/C unit is best left to professionals, like the ones at Sydmech. Always be vigilant about changing the batteries in your fire alarm, and testing whether they are in working order.
Outside the house
The easiest way to get all of these tasks done, is to create a calendar for yourself. Many of these chores are related specifically to a season, while others should be recurring. Before the rainy seasons, inspect your drains and clear out any blockages. Take a look at the roof tiles as well – better to do it in time than to have to deal with damage from leaks. Rake the leaves in the garden every autumn. Spring and summer are the seasons to trim the trees. Look for possible gaps and cracks in the house, doors and windows and mend them to prevent common household bugs from getting inside.
The most efficient way to deal with all of these chores is to keep a calendar. Some of them need to get done every month, others quarterly, some twice a year, and for some, once a year will suffice. Most of these you can do yourself, but in some cases, you might need expert help.