It could be a full-time job to keep your home maintenance and in good shape – but that doesn’t mean that you can just skip projects because you don’t have the time. Often, we are pretty good at fixing certain parts of our homes, but many other parts continually get overlooked. The only time we really care about them is when something happens and then we have to get them fixed. But often, it would be easier and cheaper to actually keep things maintained.
Want to know some areas you may be overlooking? Continue reading!
Your Septic System
There are plenty of warning signs that your septic system isn’t in great shape. Whether you smell something a little strange and it isn’t because someone just went to the bathroom or you hear a gurgling at a random time, your septic system probably needs to be maintained.
However, you can also walk around your yard and notice some signs of needing your septic tank emptied or repaired. Often, this is pools of water or, even worse, pools of waste. It is better to catch the signs before this to get it maintained, or you will have a very messy, very gross, and very big problem on your hands.
If you don’t know when your septic tank was last emptied, now is the time to conduct a septic tank service.
Your yard should be your sanctuary, but it can be extremely dangerous as well. For most of us, we know that there are parts of our landscaping that could be improved, but we simply don’t do it. We wait until it gets so bad that we have to do something, and that is when the real danger starts.
By taking on too much and trying to do it yourself, you may cause even more problems than you are solving. Make sure that you approach landscaping in an intelligent way and never, ever prune or remove your trees by yourself unless you are a tree care professional yourself.
How full are your gutters? Most of us haven’t looked in our gutters in a long time. Even if water is still getting through, you may have problems that went unnoticed. For example, you could have blockages somewhere they simply overflow when they are filled. You may also have plants living in your gutters, which could make them expand and ruin them over time.
Take to your gutters with a ladder or hire someone to do it – you never know the difference that it will make. If you don’t, you may end up with a leaking roof.
When you do your laundry, you check the dryer vent and clean out the lint, right? Most of us know to take that basic step. However, that isn’t enough. Lint can get into the vents and down into the machine itself, if left alone for too long. Of course, you need to make sure to thoroughly clean out your lint trap after every load, but you also want to get deep into the machine and even check the vent to the outside to avoid a dryer fire.
Fire extinguishers are commonly placed in the kitchen and on every level of the home, but did you know that they expire? If you are lucky enough to not have to use your fire extinguisher, you still need to replace it every few years.
You may also want to switch out the batteries in your smoke detectors and CO2 detectors at the same time.
These are only a few of the home projects that you may want to consider if you have a weekend when you have very little to do. Most of them don’t take all that long to finish, but they can keep your home and your family safe from danger.