6 Home Maintenance Tasks You Didn’t Know You Were Forgetting

Posted on Feb 22 2018 - 1:34pm by Housecall

home maintenance By Brentnie Daggett

In all likelihood, your home is the biggest investment you'll make in your life. To protect that investment, turn to regular maintenance tasks to ensure that your home will be running efficiently for years to come.

Most folks are already aware of this. But if you feel like you're mastering your home maintenance, you may be surprised to learn that there are a few you probably never realized you were forgetting. Here are six tasks that require your attention, that you may not be tending to frequently enough, or may be overlooking altogether:

Clean Your Refrigerator Drip Pan

Did you know that refrigerators have drip pans? They do, and those drip pans need to be cleaned regularly or they can be prone to mold growth. Pull it out carefully to prevent spills, and dump excess liquid and clean the pan with an all-purpose cleaner.

Flush the Water Heater

Check the temperature of your water heater to ensure that it's set below 120 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent scalding. Test its safety relief valve once a year so that it operates properly and flush the system to remove sediment buildup which can cause system failure.

Reseal Your Grout

Grout needs to be resealed annually to protect your tile from wear and tear. Most grout is made of sand and cement; this means it can absorb water, bacteria and even stains. Resealing will help your grout look better and last as long as possible.

Test Smoke Alarms

Testing smoke alarms and changing their batteries is a vital maintenance task for safety reasons. Smoke alarms should be tested twice a year. Remember, at minimum, you should have one detector on every level of your home, and in each bedroom.

Change Your HVAC Filters

Have your heating system inspected, serviced and cleaned annually. Proper maintenance can extend the life of your furnace, postponing an expensive replacement. Change air filters seasonally to monthly, depending on your home's needs, to protect against major HVAC issues.

Block Out Pests

Prevent against pests setting up camp in your home by caulking small holes or cracks to deter bugs. Also, use hardware cloth to cover any larger areas.

Mastering home maintenance tasks can be a chore, but by ensuring that you're not missing these all-too-often ignored jobs, you'll be able to rest easy knowing your home is that much more protected.

daggett-brentnie-headshot-growella-150x150Brentnie Daggett is a writer and infographic master covering the rental and property management industry for Rentec Direct. She loves to share tips and tricks to assist landlords and renters alike. To learn more about Daggett and to discover more great tips, visit www.rentecdirect.com.

7 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Los Angeles Remodeler March 1, 2018 at 7:44 am -

    Yes! You must always check smoke alarms regularly! Especially since most modern smoke alarms also detect deadly gasses like Carbon Monoxide. The need to be tested regularly to ensure functionality as well as be tested for battery health.

  2. Epartment.in May 1, 2018 at 9:32 am -

    thank you so much…this blog is very helpful for my home.

  3. Airbnb Clean August 14, 2018 at 5:39 am -

    Love all your reminder here. Thanks for this!

  4. Society Management Software November 16, 2018 at 1:14 am -

    Really informative article. There were many thing I didn’t knew before.

  5. Central Valley House Buyer April 4, 2019 at 7:38 pm -

    It really pays to read great articles like this, great reminders. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Steve March 23, 2020 at 5:56 am -

    You have a wonderful tips. Currently we just do maintenance as we think about it. Not really a good system. Thank you for sharing this today.

  7. Leon Clark December 16, 2020 at 10:15 pm -

    Fantastic post… Thank you for great tips!