Most of us know that regularly changing your car’s oil is the key to keeping it running for the long haul. The same theory applies to homes — a little preventative maintenance will save you down the line. Here are four quick and easy tasks that prevent costly repairs…
1. Declutter your gutters. Preventing build-up in your gutters is key to getting water away from the foundation of your home. Cleaning before winter also prevents ice build-up that can cause extensive damage.
2. Inspect hardscapes. Snow, rain and freezing temperatures can be tough on concrete, asphalt and other hardscapes. Look for cracks where water, weeds and insects can get through. Small cracks can often be sealed with a pre-mixed patch, but call a professional if you find more significant gaps or shifting of concrete.
3. Let the laundry room breathe. Vacuuming out dryer vents and air ducts helps maximize efficiency and prevents the build-up of flammable lint.
4. Clear your drains. Pouring a cup of baking soda, followed by 1/2 a cup of vinegar, down your drain and then flushing with hot water will prevent clogs.