When you first get into your KCI home, everything is fresh and new. New appliances, new fixtures, new roofing, even that new drywall smell. But naturally, with time and use, these things begin to wear. To keep your home in good condition and prevent costly repairs, regular maintenance is needed. Here are the maintenance tasks every homeowner should be taking care of on a regular basis.
Inspecting your roof at least once or twice a year, especially before and after the winter season, is essential. Look for damaged or missing shingles, signs of leaks or water damage, and ensure that the flashing is intact. Promptly addressing any roof issues can prevent more extensive damage and costly repairs.
It's recommended to schedule annual maintenance for your HVAC system. This includes cleaning or replacing filters, checking and cleaning ducts, and having a professional inspect and service the system. Proper HVAC maintenance improves efficiency, extends the lifespan of the equipment, and ensures optimal comfort.
Clogged gutters and downspouts can cause water damage to your home's foundation, roof, and siding. Clean them at least twice a year, or more frequently if you have trees that shed leaves or debris nearby. Ensure that water flows freely through the gutters and downspouts.
Sediment can accumulate in your hot water heater over time, affecting its efficiency and lifespan. To flush out sediment, attach a hose to the drain valve, turn off the power supply, and drain the water into a suitable location. Consult your heater's manual for specific instructions.
Regularly test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are functioning correctly. Replace batteries as needed and replace the detectors according to the manufacturer's recommendations (usually every 10 years for smoke detectors).
Inspect windows and doors for any gaps or cracks that could allow drafts or water infiltration. Seal any leaks with weatherstripping, caulk, or other appropriate sealants to improve energy efficiency and prevent moisture issues.
Check for leaks in faucets, toilets, and pipes. Insulate exposed pipes in colder climates to prevent freezing. Ensure that water pressure and drainage are functioning properly throughout your home.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning and maintaining your appliances, such as the refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, and washing machine. Regular cleaning and maintenance can improve their performance and extend their lifespan.
Remember that this is not an exhaustive list, and the specific maintenance tasks may vary based on your home's location, age, and unique features. It's always beneficial to consult professionals or refer to manufacturer guidelines for specific maintenance recommendations. But if you give regular care and maintenance to the areas listed here today, your home is sure to remain in good condition for many years.
By KCI Homes 6-27-2023