25 Household Maintenance Tasks

Some household maintainence tasks are easy to overlook, so here's a list that will keep you on top of it all.

Household maintenance is an year round, on-going chore. There are day to day things we always take care of but there are many maintenance chores that we just don't think about until something breaks down. Whether you own your home or rent, there are things inside and out that need to be maintained throughout the year. Some chores can be incorporated into regular cleaning routines, while others just need to be done once or twice a year. Here are twenty-five of the tasks that many of us forget to do.

1. Vacuum the coils under the refrigerator twice a year. If there are long haired pets, consider doing this once a month.

2. Clean globes or covers of ceiling light fixtures. Remove and wash with warm soapy water. Dry thoroughly before replacing.

3. Dust light bulbs when you do regular dusting. You'll find that you get a lot more light.

4. Dust top trim on windows, doors, and picture frames once a month or so.

5. Electric baseboards should be vacuumed monthly.

6. Vacuum furnace vents. Remove covers and vacuum down in the ducts. Do this every few months.

7. Unscrew shower heads and soak overnight in white vinegar to remove lime build-up. Note how quickly the lime accumulates to know how often this needs to be done.

8. Check washing machine hoses for cracks at least once a year.

9. Flush water heater every six months to get rid of sediment build-up and extend the life of your water heater. Refer to the manual for your specific water heater.

10. Humidifiers and dehumidifiers can grow mold. Clean well every week.

11. Clean kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans. Turn off the electricity to the unit before cleaning.



12. Clean and lubricate tracks in sliding doors.

13. Fireplace chimneys should be cleaned yearly if the fireplace is used frequently.

14. Check dryer vent outside to see if it's clogged or has become a nesting place for birds. Check this monthly because birds find it a warm place to nest.

15. Clean gutters spring and fall. Check for any leaks.

16. Downspouts can and do come loose. Check that they aren't clogged and tighten any that are loose. Do this spring and fall and after any heavy rain.

17. Children's outdoor play equipment should be examined for loose screws or nails. Be certain that all pieces are secure and in good condition.

18. Clean and patch window screens.

19. Check the fence for loose posts or sagging boards.

20. Spring is a good time to walk around the outside of the house to look for any foundation cracks. Look on the inside of basement walls for any cracks there.

21. Patch cracks in sidewalks and driveway.

22. Check the attic for any leaks or discoloration on the ceiling. This is best done after a rain or snow.

23. Examine caulk and tile around bathtub, sink, and shower for any deterioration.

24. Clean garage door tracks and lubricate them. Check all hardware, cables, springs, and moving parts for looseness and deterioration. If you have a garage door opener, check the sensor system to be sure it reverses if it touches anything. If it doesn't, call a technician to repair it.

25. Examine roof for loose or missing shingles. Binoculars will give a good view and eliminate the need to get on the roof.

Create a checklist or record for your home maintenance so you'll know when each task was done. Include the date it was done and any repairs that were made. Creating a schedule for seasonal maintenance will ensure that everything gets done at least once a year.

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