Summertime Maintenance is Necessary to keep Homes Safe and Secure
Martin Feinberg, Realtor, understands that homes need regular maintenance to help catch potential problems before they grow into actual problems. Performing a few important summertime maintenance tasks can help ensure your Culver City Real Estate property stays safe and in good shape.
Unsure where to start? Home Advisor offers a summertime maintenance checklist that every homeowner can use to ensure that his or her home is running efficiently. Check it out below to find out what to check this summer (and what to check again six months later).
- Basement and Foundation – Check for cracks and moisture and discuss with a professional if either problem is severe.
- Toilet – Check for leaks in water feed and tank bottom.
- Interior Caulking and Grout – Inspect caulking and grout around tubs, showers, and sinks. If the caulking has pulled away, scrape it out and re-caulk or call someone who can.
- Water Heater – Drain water until clear of sediment; inspect flue assembly (gas heater); check for leaks and corrosion. If this activity is intimidating, plumbers can do this in less than an hour.
- Clothes Washer – Clean water inlet filters; check hoses and replace if leaking.
- Clothes Dryer – Vacuum lint from ducts and surrounding areas.
- Refrigerator – Clean drain hole and pan (more often in warm weather); wash door gasket; vacuum condenser coils.
- Wiring – Check for frayed cords and wires; check exposed wiring in basements, and call an electrician is if looks shoddy or dangerous.
- Exhaust Fans – Clean grill and fan blades.
- Range Hood Fan – Wash fan blades and housing.
- Sink – Check all faucets, hose bibs, and supply valves for leakage.
- Bathroom – Check for evidence of leaks around and under sinks, showers, toilets, and tubs.
- Breaker Box – Trip circuit breakers and ground fault interrupters monthly to insure proper protection.
Local listing agent Martin Feinberg also notes that there are home inspections companies that can take care of those semi-annual inspections that some homeowners are not interested in performing twice a year. Such inspectors can help troubleshoot potential problems with a home.