Guest Post: 5 Home Maintenance Tips You Can’t Live Without

Fixing and maintaining home is a big task. There are lots of things that can go wrong and it falls on you to repair these issues. Some of them represent easy and quick fixes while others require some skills. But, how to differentiate them?

No worries, in this article we will point out some problems which can be fixed by you. These are some basic tips that will allow you to maintain crucial parts of your home without having to call a repairman. So, let’s get to it!

  1. Window frames

Holes around your window frames are one of the most common reasons why your house is losing temperature. This is the place where cold air penetrates during the winter adding to heating bills at the end of the month. Luckily for you, it is an issue that can easily be remedied by you. All you have to do is get a silicone and patch those holes up.

  1. Roof shingles and gutters

Another potential problem comes in a form of roof shingles. They constantly get damaged and as a result, they start leaking. But, it doesn’t have to be so. As a homeowner, it is necessary to perform a routine check-up every summer. Do not wait for leaks to appear. They may catch you during winter and you may be forced to patch them up while it is freezing outside. Damage and discoloration can be a good tell that you need to change your shingles. Gutters can also get damaged which can affect their ability to direct water. They can also get clogged. As a result, water will start damaging structure of your house. By performing regular maintenance, you can prevent this from happening.

  1. Garage doors

There are a few things that can go wrong with your doors and they are usually caused by springs. You will have to watch out if the door is properly balanced and if the springs are in a good shape. Garage doors should get lubricated all the time to prevent rust. On the other hand, if it’s hard to close the door, this may indicate that your springs require adjustment or replacement. Adjustment is also pretty straightforward and can be done by anyone.

  1. Furnace

Before winter comes, make sure that your furnace is in peak condition. First of all, it is necessary to mention that several things can go wrong with your furnace. If that is the case, it is better to call a repairman. However, when it comes to regular maintenance, it is something that can be performed by virtually anyone. Basic furnace maintenance includes several basic cleaning duties such as cleaning the burners, blower blades, pilot, sensor and changing the filters (needs to be done once in every three months). By investing a little bit of your time, you make sure that the furnace will live much longer and work much more efficiently.

  1. Pool

People are usually intimidated by the amount of work that needs to be performed around pool. However, it mostly comes down to cleaning duties. As the winter approaches, you will also have to winterize it. The biggest winter hazard for any pool comes in a form of water. It can get to certain parts such as skimmers and freeze up leading to permanent damage. Make sure to reduce water level below the skimmers, flush the water from rest of the equipment such as the pump which is followed by plugging and removing the hoses. Lastly, after treating the water and removing additional equipment, make sure to cover it.

Some people prefer calling a handyman for every small issue or for regular maintenance. But, it doesn’t have to be this way. Most of the things can be done by you. In the end, this will save a lot of money and you won’t have to depend on anyone to take care of your house.

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