Prevention is cheaper than repair: Easy Tips for Staying On Top of Your Home Maintenance

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Many of us take our homes for granted. It is usually only when something goes wrong that we suddenly realise all that our houses do for us, and the repairs are usually expensive. Here are some easy and inexpensive preventative maintenance tips to take care of your home, so that it will keep taking care of you.

Check filters and vents

One way to save money on bills as well as on repairs is to keep filters and vents clean and clear. Not all lint from your dryer is caught in the lint trap; you will also need to check your dryer vent occasionally. Trapped lint can clog the vent, making it less efficient. It can also be a fire hazard.


You would be surprised how much extra you are paying for your bill because of poor window seals. When your window seals are broken, you might as well be running your air conditioning with the windows open. Every few months you should change the filters on your HVAC system as well. Dirty filters and broken seals make your system work harder than it needs to and will shorten its lifespan, making you pay more in bills and buy a new system long before you should need to.

Keep smoke detectors charged

Smoke detectors are practically invisible until they wake you up in the middle of the night with their annoying chirp. Keep the batteries in your smoke detectors charged and ready to go. Even detectors wired right into your home electrical system have back up batteries that need checked occasionally. Try not to procrastinate this one; remember their warning can make the difference between life and death, and you never know when a fire will happen.

Pipes, faucets and drains

Plumbing is an important part of the inner workings of your house, and just like the plumbing in your body, your house’s system needs a little “TLC” for it to continue functioning properly. Check faucets and pipes for leaks and repair them as soon as possible to avoid water damage and wasted water. Avoid putting things down your drain that do not belong down there, like grease, oil, or fat. Be sure to always take care of clogs when they happen. If you are not sure if you have a problem, or are unsure of how to fix a problem, it is best to call a professional and have a drain inspection done. Your plumbing will thank you.


Along with the rest of your plumbing, do not forget your washing machine hoses. Leaks from them can cause you to lose a lot of water and can cause a lot of water damage to your wall and floor.

Fridge coils

Fridge coils are commonly left off the maintenance list, but just a simple act as brushing or vacuuming the dust off the coils can add to the life and efficiency of your fridge. Refrigerators are expensive; you don’t want to buy a new one before you have to!


Water heater’s build up sediment at the bottom of the tank, so once a year or so completely drain your water tank to get rid of it. It will prolong its life and give you even more hot water for your morning shower!


Keeping your home running smoothly from top to bottom and all around will save you much money in the long run, in bills and in replacements. Remember all that your house does for you and repay the kindness.


About Author: Michael David is a freelance journalist and blogger living in New York City. Michael loves writing about DIY projects, home improvement, and garden-related topics.

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