We’re going to take a break from decorating and products of the home and focus on home maintenance this week. With school back in session, now is a time that we tend to think of Fall. While I am excited for pumpkin decorations and all things Pumpkin Spice, let’s focus on some great ways to get your home ready for the changing season.
Our web site offers a Home Maintenance Checklist for every quarter, but we’ll focus on some items to check July through September.
- Check plumbing for leaks and clean aerators
- Check repair driveway and walkway cracks
- Check fireplace chimney
- Service Furnace
- Check and test water heater pressure
When it comes to checking all of the plumbing, set aside some time to really check everything. If you have a leak, you could be wasting a lot of money on your water bill. If you find a leak, you can go to Lowe’s, Joplin Supply, Distinctive Home Products, or Sebastian Equipment, depending on the material you need. These folks can hook you up with piping, faucets, and so much more.
Talk a walk around your driveway and all the walkways around your home. If you see any large cracks or uneven surfaces, now is a good time to get ahead of the problem before it grows. You can contact Joplin Concrete Company or Associated Redi-Mix to have a professional look at your cement.
Since it is so hot still, now is actually a good time to check your fireplace chimney and clean it out. Talk with the folks at The Fireplace Shoppe to set up a time for a chimney sweep. This will ensure you are ready for a lovely fire on cool Fall nights. Also, if you are getting ready to buy a new home, you can also ask them about inspections.
Our friends at Gunlock Heating and Air, Lyerla Heating and Air, Midway Sheet Metal or Simpson Sheet Metal will tell you that regularly servicing your ac unit and furnace are needed to keep the machines running smoothly and are key to avoiding breakdowns.
When it comes to your water heater, Liberty Utilities/Empire District recommends draining some water. As they state, “It is important to keep a water heater properly maintained. Once or twice a year, drain a bucket of water out of the bottom of the heater tank because it can be full of sediment. The sediment insulates the water in the tank from the heating element, which wastes energy.”
There is so much more that can be checked on your home, like windows for air leaks and shingles on the roof, but it can get overwhelming. Start with the five items listed here. Then, when you are done with those, move on to another five items, like checking your lightbulbs for energy efficiency or cleaning showerheads. This will all help your home function better and hopefully will also save you some money on your bills!