During the holiday season, people tend to get busy preparing gifts for their loved ones and making special food to welcome the New Year. The end of the year becomes the busiest time of the year meeting friends and relatives and the busiest for many homes as well.
As the year begins, it gives us the chance to get a fresh start on things. This can be a good time to reorganize things and set new goals. Many people begin the year by setting resolutions for personal finances and health. These resolutions and even goals are set to become better in different aspects, but this can also be a good time to work on the improvement of your physical environment, your home.
A home needs to be taken care of and the beginning of the year can be a good start to perform home maintenance. Staying on top of your home maintenance can help you prevent potential problems and keep you from spending a lot of money for repair and restoration.
Here you will know some of the home maintenance tips you can do to begin the year.
Home Maintenance Tips For The New Year
Check For Water Leaks
Make sure to pay attention to any leaks from faucets, showerheads, and pipes while cleaning your bathrooms or kitchen. Over time, these parts of your home become damaged because of the daily wear and tear. If you notice any signs of leaks, make sure to repair it immediately or you can contact a professional to do the job.
Moreover inspect appliances that use water, like a washing machine or water heater. These appliances are composed of pipes and fixtures that get worn out due to its daily use.
If you find any leaks, have a professional inspect them right away. Even a small leak can result in water damage that most often than not requires costly repair and restoration.
Clean Kitchen and Appliances
The last holiday season might have required your kitchen to do a lot of cooking. Some people host parties, inviting friends and relatives, to celebrate the joyous time of the year. If you are one of them, then your kitchen deserves a good cleaning.
You can start cleaning the inside of your refrigerator. Inspect and discard food that has spoiled. Food that is kept on the refrigerator for a long time can spoil and create unwanted odors that are difficult to remove. Remove everything inside your refrigerator to give it a good and thorough cleaning. You may also include emptying and cleaning your dishwasher. Break the hard water deposits by running it with a cup of vinegar.
Thoroughly clean oven, stove, countertops, kitchen sinks, and other appliances stored in your kitchen. Leaving the grease stains in your kitchen for a long time can be harder to remove. Moreover, disinfect kitchen countertops and tables.
Clean and Inspect The Bathroom
Though it is already apparent to give your bathroom a regular cleaning as it is often used and visited, during the holiday and if you have guests, your bathroom has become busier than usual. Thus, there can be more build-up of dirt. Brush your bathroom sinks, countertops, toilet bowls, showers, tubs, tiles, and even faucets. Brush and clean your tub thoroughly to remove dirt, soap scum, grime, and mold. Inspect the tiles grout lines and surfaces for damage. If you notice tiles that are cracked, replace them immediately.
Clean and Inspect Air Ducts
Air ducts are used to produce clean indoor air and provide a more efficient heating and cooling system. But, over time, dirt and dust accumulate in the air ducts. Dust and dirt can cause the air ducts to produce poor indoor air. Moreover, accumulated dust and dirt can force the air ducts to work harder in distributing the air, leading to a high energy bill.
Test Detectors and Alarms
Fortunately, manufacturers developed devices that are very useful, like smoke detectors and alarms. We install them in our houses to prevent accidents. However, they are of no use if they don’t function properly. That is why as you start the year and doing some home maintenance, it is highly advised to test your detectors and alarms.
Start by checking the batteries of your alarms and detectors and replace them if necessary. If you find out any problems with these devices, make sure to repair or replace them right away. Don’t wait for any disaster to come before you take action. Remember to put your family’s safety on top of everything.
Professional Help In Case Of An Emergency
As a homeowner, it is important to keep and maintain your home. This can be done all year long, but the beginning of the year can be a good start. Following the home maintenance tips above can prevent you from facing any kind of damage.
But, in case of an emergency, know that you have someone to rely on. We are a certified restoration company that offers water damage restoration services and fire damage restoration services. We are just one call away. If you want to know more about services, please give us a call.