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Maintenance Every Homeowner Needs To Do Once A Year

Just when you think you’ve got all the regular maintenance you’ve got to get done in your home sorted, BANG! Something just breaks, and you’re sat down on the chair in the kitchen trying to figure out costs, timelines, and just mere inconvenience. 

But, here’s the thing, have you done all your yearly checks and maintenance? 

You’re probably thinking “well, of course, I have,” but you probably forgot these 6 things: 

1 Are you salting your water softener? 

If your water heater has a cool built-in water softener, then you’ll need to make sure there is no mineral build up at least once a year. No, you can’t use regular table salt to flush out the minerals, you will need to plan a trip to your local home maintenance store to get the right materials. It’s either that or pay to buy a new one, which will have you sat at your kitchen table in tears. 

2 Are you testing your well water? 

Having a well can be really cool, you get fresh water without extra costs! But, well water is open to all sorts of different contaminants. Rather than getting yourself sick, make sure to test your well water on a regular basis, especially if you have a shallow well. 

3 Is your disaster kit up to date? 

Here’s the thing, we all assume “that wouldn’t happen to me” and “well it’s not a big storm.” But, truth be told it can happen to you, and even a minor storm could knock your power out for some time. So, be prepared, because you never know. Every household needs these emergency supplies: 

  1. First-Aid Kit
  2. A minimum of three-days worth of nonperishable flood
  3. Water

Once a year you'll have to check on your disaster kit to make sure nothing is outdated or has broken seals. 

4 What’s the humidity in your basement like? 

Humidity is a definite warning sign that you need to listen to. So, at least once a year use a hygrometer to test humidity levels in your home, not just in your basement. Don’t underestimate a low humidity reading either; it can still cause sore throats and damage to the house. If you don’t do this regularly, you could end up with mold or mildew build up, which is never pleasant. 

5 Have you checked for termites? 

A lot of homeowners have the mindset of “I can’t see it, so it’s not an issue.” But, just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there. Termites can cause a lot of damage to a home, so have your house checked for $100 on a regular basis, rather than paying thousands to get rid of the problem later. 

6 Are you taking photos? 

Okay, this isn’t really maintenance you have to do, but you wouldn’t let your kids leave for the first day of school without taking a quick snap of them, so why wouldn’t you do the same from your home every year? The thing is, being human we tend to forget how things looked and how they’ve changed over time. It’s a nice reminder. 

Have you been skipping on any of these things without realizing?