When it’s sunny and dry. This is the best time to repair a hole in the roof.
It makes sense, doesn’t it? Yet due to some quirk of human nature, people usually end up taking steps to get it repaired after it’s rained and water is pooling on their living room floor.
Preventative Home Maintenance Tips
If you’re reading this, it’s because you understand that preventative maintenance (fixing things while it’s sunny) is key to keeping a home safe and comfortable for it’s occupants. You also understand that the problem is much smaller before it rains.
That’s good! That means that our list of preventative maintenance measures can be small and (relatively) easy.
Let’s explore it.
Take a Look Around
The most important thing to do is to spend time paying attention to your home. Use your 5 senses to engage with it.
Once you become aware of a characteristic of your home that may pose a problem, now or in the future, then you can do something about it. But like any problem, awareness comes first.
Here are a few things you may want to check out:
- Water build up or water flowing toward the house.
- Soft, discolored, or unstable floors, especially near exterior doors, or around tubs and toilets.
- Cracks in walls — from doors and windows especially
- Siding at lower levels, around chimneys, under doors and windows, and deck connections
- Peeling or discolored paint (interior or exterior)
Dust can have a serious impact on your health. The impact will not be a good one, either.
Dust contains the skeletons (and fecal matter) of dust mites. These will be responsible for the bad allergies and may aggravate the lungs of people who have trouble breathing, such as asthmatics.
Worse, dust often carries chemicals that have come off of other items in the house. Chemicals such as lead or pesticides.
Use a dampened cloth to clear out dust. You’ll pick up more of it that way. Any items like throw rugs should be washed consistently.
Vacuum Your Floors
It’s recommended that carpets be vacuumed at least twice weekly.
The best vacuum cleaner to own should have a HEPA filter if you can manage it.
Vacuuming helps to get rid of the pet dander, the dirt, the fur, and the many other contaminants that could make someone sick (dust included). Be sure to get behind and under furniture.
To keep things manageable and contaminant levels low, take off your shoes before entering the home. Remember that shoes bring inside anything they came into contact with outside.
Examine the Exterior
The outside of your home is very important to examine and maintain. As a home safety preventative measure, check for signs of damage accumulated over time and make whatever repairs necessary. Decay or damage of the trimming around doors and windows, loose trim and siding, and areas needing repainting are common.
Examine Windows and Wall
Mismanaged windows and walls can actually lead to health problems. They should be inspected in the spring and fall.
Replace or repair caulking around doors and windows to stop drafts and excess moisture. Cracked windows should be repaired. Screens should be intact to keep out pests. Internal walls should be checked for termites as well.
Maintain HVAC Systems
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems spread both hot and cold air about the house. As such, they can push some serious pollution through the home.
Vents have to be cleaned and replacing filters is essential. Uncleaned filters can lead to a huge layer of lint buildup which is extremely flammable. Maintenance of the systems themselves is also highly important.
There are other aspects one should be keeping an eye out for when considering preventative maintenance, such as keeping moisture under control and the replacement of the air filters in your home.
Sometimes lack of expertise or lack of time keep people from doing it. For those in this camp, we recommend having a building surveyor handle examinations. For those of you located in Victoria speak with one of the certified building inspectors in Melbourne. Similarly for people in other states speak with a certified expert in your capital city.
They know what to look for and can handle pest-checks and HVAC examinations. They are also far cheaper than making costly repairs and easy to find — especially in big cities. For instance, there would be no difficulty obtaining building inspections in Melbourne.
Home maintenance is important and should be done for the safety of the home’s occupants and its neighbors.