What should you do on a monthly basis to maintain your home? Here are 4 things that only take a few moments to do each month, but could save you in the long run:
1. Clean the sink disposal. You will find a lot of ways to do this. However, the best solution you can do is to use vinegar ice cubes. How can you do this? Put some vinegar on the ice tray and allow it to freeze. Then run the vinegar ice cubes in the disposal. Lemon peels also work very well.
2. Check the fire extinguishers. This inspection will not need to be done much; however, you need to ensure that it is accessible. To make it short, you need to ensure it’s not blocked by anything. Make sure there’s enough pressure and there are no visible indications of wear and tear.
3. Inspect the filters of your HVAC Unit. This only applies if you have a forced air unit. A lot of experts tell that you need to change the filters on a monthly basis, but that is not always necessary to do. For those smaller families out there, without allergies or pets, you need to change your filters every two to three months. When you see that the filter is getting dirty, it’s time to change it, otherwise check it again the other month.
4. Clean the range hood filters. In order for you to clean your range hood filters, it is best to use a degreaser from your auto parts store and mixed it with water (or as instructed). Let the filter soak for some time and wash it.
Water seems to have an uncanny ability to make it into your home. This is why many decisions when it comes to the design of a home need to take rain and wind into consideration to protect the home from their effects.
Kickout flashing is an essential part of the protection of your home against the elements, but unfortunately, some homeowners fail to realize how vital it is and have removed it because they feel like it looks odd on their home.
Kickout flashing directs water away from the seams where your roof and walls intersect, since this is the most likely location for a leak to begin.
If you check your roof out and find that it is missing kickout flashing, you should do something about it right away. Not installing kickout flashing correctly could end up costing you large sums of money if you end up having water damage to your home.
Mike McFadden, Certified Master Home Inspector in Orlando, FL