While home repairs aren’t the most exciting things on the to-do list, there are some tasks that shouldn’t be put off. Failing to perform basic upkeep on your home can be expensive in the long run, so make time in your schedule for these home maintenance tasks.

Cleaning the Gutters

Your gutters direct water away from your home. If they’re full of pine needles, leaves, and debris, they will not drain properly. The overflow could end up damaging your roof, siding, landscaping, and foundation. Cleaning out the gutters is one of the home maintenance chores to perform at least twice per year.

Insulating Doors and Windows

Heating and cooling your home can be costly. To maintain a comfortable temperature indoors, make sure your home has adequate insulation. Check around doors and windows and seal any gaps and cracks. Remove and replace old weatherstripping. If you live in an especially cold area, apply insulating film to windows to make them more energy-efficient.

Cleaning the Chimney is One of the Most Important Home Maintenance Chores

On average, there are over 25,000 chimney fires per year in the United States, and this statistic only counts fires that were detected. Many chimney fires remain undetected but burn at high enough temperatures to compromise the structural integrity of your chimney.

If a chimney fire spreads it could cause catastrophic damage to your home. To prevent chimney fires, hire a reputable chimney sweep to clean leaves, pine needles, creosote, and other debris from the flue.

Fixing and Sealing Leaks

Water damage can lead to structural problems and mold. Taking care of your plumbing is one of the most important home maintenance tasks for the health and safety of your home. Plumbing leaks create an environment conducive to mold growth, which can affect your family’s respiratory health.

Repair dripping faucets and toilet leaks as soon as you notice them. Call a professional if your water bill suddenly increases; this could mean you have a hidden leak in your home.

Landscaping Home Maintenance Tasks

An attractive yard boosts curb appeal and improves property value. If you neglect the lawn, the grass will become difficult to mow. Overgrown grass also provides a hiding place for insects and rodents, including ticks, mosquitoes, and mice. Keep the grass trimmed to make the property look well-maintained and to prevent weeds from going to seed.

Realistic Home Inspection Services provides inspections to customers in the greater Milwaukee area of Wisconsin. Contact us to request an appointment.