Being a homeowner isn’t as simple as just owning the home — it requires ongoing maintenance to make sure the home and its surroundings remain healthy and safe. Unfortunately, with busy professional and personal lives, keeping up on home maintenance is often not on the top of everyone’s to-do list. As a restoration company in San Diego County, Clean Earth Restorations knows firsthand that neglected home maintenance often compounds into problems that require a restoration service provider (fire, flood, mold). Here are 10 simple things you can do to maintain your home and avoid the complications of neglect.
1. Make sure water drains away from your house (during a storm or copious garden watering).
2. Clean out your gutters and rainspouts regularly, and give them a quick check before the arrival of a predicted major storm.
3. Check the flashing (seals) of anything sticking out of your roof (chimney / skylight / plumbing vents / etc).
4. Look for peeling paint (and repair it).
5. Visit your attic — look for water stains or other signs of moisture (there should be none).
6. If you have a sump pump, check that it is plugged in and working.
7. Check for pooled water under the house or in the basement (constant moisture can cause mold growth).
8. Check your washing machine and dishwasher hoses and connections (home flooding is often caused by cracked/broken hoses).
9. Check all of your water supply/shut off valves (toilets, sinks, machines that use water).
10. Do a thorough check of all your electrical cords to make sure none are worn, cracked, or otherwise damaged.
These and other very good suggestions are detailed in a home maintenance list issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). You can find it here.
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