Routine Home Maintenance: Lesser Known Things To Look Out For When Maintaining Your Home

When it comes to purchasing a home, the expenses add up fast. There are the obvious costs such as the down payment and monthly mortgage, but you also have to be prepared to make room in your budget for closing costs and home insurance. It’s also likely that you are preparing to start decorating or even remodeling parts of your home. But there’s something else every homeowner needs to be prepared for: expensive home repairs.

Regular home maintenance can be a pain, especially after a long, hard week at work. However, doing so can save you money in the long run by catching problems before they worsen and preventing common household issues such as clogged gutters or a dirty dryer vent. There are also some lesser-known yet still important repairs that homeowners need to be on the lookout for in order to save money and prevent future, stressful situations.

In order to maintain your home the best that you can, here are some useful tips for taking care of those lesser-known home issues.

Always Have the Heads-Up

It should come as little surprise that replacing a bad roof can be incredibly costly. This means regular maintenance and attention is needed to preserve the longevity of your roof. For example, if your home has a flat rooftop, wind uplift is a major concern, and, according to some roofing experts, “If the roof’s drainage system isn’t carefully designed and implemented, the roof’s low pitch will leave very little opportunity for water to run off which can result in leaks and other issues, such as mold and mildew.”

Repairing a roof is also a lot cheaper than replacing it, so it’s worth having your roof inspected whether by professionals or just by yourself. Not only will it save you the cost of getting a new roof, but it will also prevent costly water damage or mold removal.

Look Out for Build-Up in the Wrong Places

If you currently live in a mountainous or rural area, it’s possible that you receive your water from an open channel flume. In some cases, sediment has been known to build-up in a flume, causing maintenance problems. It’s important that the flow surface of a flume is smooth and free of scum and build-up. It’s equally important to have the flow surface inspected and cleaned. Just like the pipes in your home, sediment build-up can create a plug.

Considering the average person’s reliance on water, especially in rural areas, preventing the sediment from settling in the flume can help ensure that issues with the water supply, such a low flow, doesn’t occur. Those at Open Channel Flow recommend setting up a rump or trap upstream from the flume itself to have an area for the solids to collect, rather than having them build-up, gathering in the flume itself.

Keep the Pests Out

For the most part, many of us understand the importance of certain bugs and creatures. Even with that painful stinger on their tail ends, bees are important pollinators to have around and in our gardens. Spiders, as creepy as they can be, eat annoying and disease-carrying bugs like mosquitoes. However, it’s fair to assume that when it comes to certain pests, you prefer they stay far away from the inside of your home.

Keeping your drains clean is key to keeping bugs like drain flies out of your sinks. Drain flies love to chow down on decomposing food, making your kitchen’s garbage disposal a five-course meal. Fruit flies are also annoying pests that like to gather around drains and any fresh produce lining your counters. Luckily, there some simple tricks to keep the pests away. Sani Professional has a great list of options to help keep drains clean and bug-free:

  • Disinfect Sinks and Drains Regularly. Drain flies aren’t just annoying, but they’re also able to transfer foodborne illness to countertops and other surfaces. By disinfecting your sinks and drains, you can prevent the spread of harmful germs all over your home.
  • Install Drain Covers and Grates: By cutting off the access to the appetizing, decomposing food, you’ll attract fewer pests and you’ll also catch more of the trouble-making organic material and keep it out of your drains. It would also be a good idea to scrap food directly into your compost bin or the trash rather than in the sink.
  • Keep Drain Clogs to a Minimum: Cleaning out any possible clogs as soon as you notice one is a proactive way to keep the pests away.

Flies multiply quickly, so tackling pest issues as soon as possible, as well as maintaining your sinks and drain, will prevent your home from being overrun by uninvited guests.

As a homeowner, it can feel like you have a never-ending to-do list. However, it’s worth investing the time and effort into your home to keep repair costs down and your money in your pocket. A little work each day means fewer opportunities for disaster to strike in the future.

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