Looking after your home comes with many things to remember all year round. Whether it’s remembering which days to take your bins out, making a cake for your kid’s school bake sale, or even remembering to deep-clean the freezer, there are bound to be certain things that escape you. We’ve put together a list of three of the most important home maintenance jobs to be done every year so that you don’t forget.
Sweep your Chimney
If you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove, you’ll need to clean it yearly. Most people do this around the end of summer or late spring to ensure that the chimney is ready for the upcoming colder temperatures.
Hire someone to sweep your chimney to remove any buildup, blockages, and excess soot from your chimney, firebox, smoke chamber, and the damper. This should make your whole system safer. It only takes a small buildup of the creosote glazing found inside chimneys to potentially catch fire. Burning wood in your fireplace can result in creosote buildup, and it is a highly flammable substance. This can also make your fireplace less efficient by reducing the draw of the fireplace.
Clear your Eavestroughs
Your eavestroughs are important for collecting and draining rainwater from your roof. If your eavestroughs are blocked or broken, it can cause many problems for your home, such as water damage due to overflows on both the interior and exterior of your home or rotting or leaking in your roof. If the water cannot move away from your home, it can also damage the foundation of your home when it expands and then freezes over the winter.
As well as this, an eavestrough filled with leaves and debris is a great home for birds, rodents, and insects. Hire a company for eavestrough cleaning and take away the hassle from yourself, and save yourself money in the long run by preventing any unexpected damage repair costs in the future.
Change your Smoke Detector Batteries
According to the National Fire Protection Association, around 50% of the house fires reported between 2001 and 2004 happened in homes with no smoke detectors or broken smoke detectors. Keep your home and your family safe by testing fire alarms monthly, changing the batteries at least once a year, and replacing alarms entirely every 10 years, roughly. It is recommended that you check other things, like carbon monoxide alarms and fire extinguishers, at the same time as your alarms to keep on top of them all at once.
You should choose an important date, such as a birthday or anniversary, to change your smoke detector batteries or change them when you change your clocks for daylight saving.
If you take the time to do each of these things at least once a year, your home will run smoother. You can keep both your home and your family safe, preventing any unpleasant and unexpected repair costs in the future.