Your home is your most valuable asset. Protecting this investment with regular personal or professional care and maintenance is critical to proper functioning and continued upkeep. We have created this list of Home Maintenance Tips to assist you in this endeavor. If you have any questions or need additional assistance, please contact us at 214.869.7712. We will be happy to offer free advice and assistance to save you the cost of paying for something you can do on your own.
On a monthly basis:
Clean or replace air conditioning filters. If you have an energy recovery system (air exchange system), remember that these filters also need to be cleaned or replaced.
Inspect, clean or replace kitchen vent hood filters (non-charcoal filters).
Flush all toilets and run water through all sinks, and tub faucets, ESPECIALLY in bathrooms that are not used on a regular basis.
On a quarterly basis:
Check the exterior drainage conditions to ensure that nothing is causing water to stand in puddles for more than 24 hours and that water from any source is not draining toward your foundation.
Check your GFCIs (ground fault circuit interrupters) for proper operations by tripping the circuit interrupter buttons and then resetting them. If they will not trip and reset, contact Aboveboard Handyman for service or information on what to do.
Inspect, lubricate and clean all of your exterior vents. Make sure that air flows freely and that each has an operable damper to prevent back flow of outside air and to keep small animals from entering your home.
Inspect and clean all weep holes for water drainage (windows).
On a seasonal basis:
Every six months, inspect and service either your heating or air conditioning system, depending on the season.
Twice a year, you should inspect and repair the following caulked areas, as necessary.
Kitchen and bath wet areas.
Window and door seals.
Around all penetrations (hose, faucets, duct work from vents, fireplace and chimney vents).
Vinyl, aluminum or wood siding.
Stucco or mortar cracks.
Interior settling or shrinkage sheetrock cracks.
Inspect and adjust sprinkler systems. Set your timers for the proper season to ensure enough, but not too much water per station.
Clean your dryer vent. Not all lint is caught in the lint trap; some makes its way into the dryer vent. A clear vent will save you money by reducing the time your dryer has to run. A plugged vent not only wastes money, but could also cause a house fire.
Inspect your roof. Make sure tree branches and large shrubbery are trimmed away. Your roof is your home's first line of defense against water damage. If you delay, you could find yourself facing water damage inside your home.
Repair any cracked or peeling paint. A good paint job makes your home look nice, while providing a protective barrier from the elements.
Clean and repair gutters. Make sure gutters are free of material that could prevent free flow of water. Make sure you have splash deflectors at the base of the downspout to deflect water away from the home. Gutters direct rain away from your roof and home, protecting both in the process. Clogged gutters, meanwhile, open your home to water damage—and there's a good chance you won't notice the damage until you need an expensive repair.
On an annual basis:
Drain and refill your hot water heater(s). This may be necessary on a more frequent basis if you live in an area with extremely hard water.
Inspect and test your hot water heater safety valve.
Inspect your garage door(s), rails and lock system; adjust and lubricate, as necessary. Consider changing your garage door opener code as a security precaution.
Clean your faucet aerators and inspect your plumbing for leaks.
Clean and sharpen your garbage disposal by running a tray of ice cubes and depositing a cleaning (foaming) product into the disposal.