5 Forgotten Home Maintenance Tasks to Tackle Today

Dated: 07/03/2020

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5 Forgotten Home Maintenance Tasks to Tackle Today

Life gets hectic and busy. We all do our best to maintain our homes, but there are some tasks that are easily forgotten. Whether you're planning to sell your home in the near future, or simply want to keep your home in good condition, there are 5 home maintenance tasks that would be wise to tackle today.

#1 Inspecting your Crawl Space

You want to keep your crawl space as dry as possible. A crawl space can become wet from several different factors. Surface water from your roof drainage can overflow, groundwater from a heavy rainfall or melting snow has found its way in, or there's an undiscovered plumbing issue. It is wise (although not pleasant) to climb down into your crawl space on a regular basis to check for any issues. A sign of a damp crawl space may be higher energy bills (it takes more energy to heat/cool damp air) or an increase in pests that thrive in wet environments.

#2 Cleaning and sealing air ducts

Your air ducts are traps for dust, pet hair and other contaminants that get sucked from your house into your heating and cooling system. These contaminants can lead to mold and fungi growing if there are any damp areas in the duct. In addition, you are constantly recirculating the respiratory irritants in your ducts back through your home. If your air ducts are not properly sealed, the air quality of your home will be negatively impacted. You should both replace your air filters frequently and schedule a professional yearly to clean out and inspect your ductwork.

#3 Check your stove's exhaust fan

Your stove's exhaust fan is responsible for the important job of collecting the smoke, grease and odors from your cooking and moving it outside. However, if oil clogs your filter (which is common over time), those cooking contaminates will recirculate back into your home. This can be easily remedied by removing and cleaning your filters. However, if you still notice grease circulating back into the home, you will want the fan's motor inspected by a professional.

#4 Clean your gutters

This is not a fun maintenance task, but it is a necessary one. If your gutters are overflowing, then they are likely clogged with yard debris - leaves, branches, seeds and sticks. Over time, the water flowing through the gutters compacts this material which in turn clogs the gutters. You should clean out your gutters every spring and fall to prevent damage to the exterior of your home. Don't like ladders? Hire a professional to do the job for you.

#5 Clean your chimney

If you have a wood-burning fireplace, overtime an oily substance called creosote can build up inside your chimney and flue. Your chimney and flue should be cleaned annually. If your chimney hasn't been used in awhile it's important to clear it of any debris like bird nests that may have accumulated to prevent a chimney fire.

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Tricia McCullough

From farming in Warden, WA, to living in Australia and then back to Wenatchee, I’ve always been profoundly aware of the fundamental need to help others. Whether through their financial picture or he....

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