Home maintenance is part of homeownership, and there are some tasks that you may not think about doing, but will regret if you don’t. Regret will come in the form of lost money, time, property and aggravation.
The sump pump
One item that many don’t think about until it’s too late is the sump pump. A sump pump is a small pump installed in the lowest part of a basement or crawlspace, often in a pit called a sump pit. Water flows into the sump pit through drains or migration through the soil and the pump then pumps it out and away from the home. Without one water damages the home by entering and damaging flooring, furniture, drywall and other property.
Pressure reducing valve
Water can also damage your property if the pressure of the water coming through the pipes is too high. In most places, a home has a pressure reducing valve installed near the main water shutoff. When the valve gets old it may fail. High pressure can destroy fixtures in your home and appliances like filtration systems. A correct pressure should be around 75 psi. Using a simple meter will check it and if it’s too high you can call someone to fix the problem before it becomes a bigger problem.
If you have vinyl replacement windows each window has a weep hole, or a hole in the exterior bottom of the frame. They are designed to drain away rainwater that can collect in the frame’s bottom channel. They can become plugged up with dirt, debris or dead bugs and prevent water from draining, causing water damage to the inside of your home. Test it by pouring water in the track and look for the water to exit. If it doesn’t clean out the hole with compressed air or a wire hanger and try it again.
Have you ever checked the coils on the back of your refrigerator? You should.. And then clean them regularly with a vacuum. It will help your refrigerator to work more efficiently and extend its life span.
Sediment in your hot water heater
If you want to be sure your hot water heater has a nice long life span, draining the sediment from the tank is another task you should be doing. Sediment builds up and creates hot spots on gas-powered heaters that can damage the tank and cause premature failure. On an electric water heater, sediment buildup can cause the lower heating element to fail. Draining it at least once a year will prevent sediment build up.
There are others, but these are a few important home maintenance tips.