Monthly Home Maintenance Checklist
By Laura McElroy

Want to make sure that your home is always in the best shape it could be? Why not create a list of home maintenance tasks you’ll perform every month and ensure that there’s nothing that falls through the proverbial cracks – or any literal ones that might appear due to negligence.

If you’re wondering when’s the right time to call the Kansas City garage door repair company to see your garage door, or how often you need to hit up that Overland Park electrician to check the wiring in your garage, let’s see if we can find the answer. Here are some of the maintenance tasks you should do every month.

Inspect Electrical Cords for Signs of Wear

This is as straightforward an issue as they get – electrical cords will wear with time. When they do, you should notice it sooner than later and replace it, if it’s something you can do on your own. If you have any doubts about your skills, call the electrician.

Clean the Water Heater from Sediment

Like it or not, stuff will accumulate in your water heater. The harder the water, the more stuff it has in it, and the more gunk will end up accumulating in the heater, slowly chipping away at its efficiency. What can you do about it? Maybe try flushing out hot water from the heater, but remember – if these tasks make you feel doubtful, always have a professional do it for you.

Inspect the Drains

This one’s easy enough. Pour in as much water as you can in your tub or sink and see how quickly it goes away. Even better, you can stress test it by turning on the faucet to the highest setting and see if the drain can take in all the water. If it can’t, it could either be a problem with the construction of the drain, or your drain might be getting clogged.

Check the Air Vents for Blockage

Both indoor and outdoor air vents are prone to blockage, but even if yours aren’t, that’s no reason not to give them some attention once a month. Look and see for signs of blockage, and make sure that any signs you notice are properly dealt with.

Clean the Showerhead and Aerators

The same things that can build up in your water heater can also build up in your shower’s showerhead and faucet’s aerators. These nasty mineral deposits might make your fixtures behave funny, so you better remove them as soon as you notice them. There are store-bought solutions for the issue, but make sure you get some that won’t damage the fixture. Or you can try one of the popular DIY methods that might involve vinegar.

Clean the Garbage Disposal

If your home is fitted with one, the garbage disposal probably performs a heavy-duty job for you. You should return the favor by cleaning it once a month. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy – ice cubes, hot water, and baking soda will usually suffice to do the trick. Just make sure you grind the cubes, then pour the mixture of water and baking soda.

Test All the Alarms

Every alarm you have in your home – smoke alarm, carbon monoxide alarm, as well as fire extinguishers, and every other safety and warning feature you have should be tested once a month. You don’t want to head into a dangerous situation with a safety tool that’s past its use date.

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