We get it. Home maintenance can be overwhelming, and it’s easy to push to the side when you’re so busy with day-to-day chores. But home maintenance becomes a bigger bother when you neglect to notice problems until they become massive, expensive repairs.
That’s why we developed our Fix-It Plan, a comprehensive tier-system that automatically sets up a routine maintenance visit at your convenience. Our suggested monthly checklist outlines a breakdown of maintenance items for each month, but these plans are customizable and can be tailored to your home’s individual needs as necessary.
Now that winter is setting in, it’s especially important to take steps to protect and repair your home before the cold weather sets in. Our Fix-It Plan recommends the following steps to ensure your home is ready for winter. This plan is just a suggested checklist to ensure we cover all the bases.
1. Check the damper in the fireplace for obstructions, such as bird nests.
This will be especially important when the weather gets cold and you want to use your fireplace.
2. Test sump pump.
A necessary tool for any basement-owners to prevent flooding, it’s important to give it a look at least once a year to make sure everything is working properly. This is one of those repairs that will be a much more expensive fix if it’s broken and you don’t realize it.
3. Inspect and maintain garbage disposal.
No one wants to deal with smelly, clogged garbage disposal – especially not around the holidays!
1. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
These reliable monitors need to function properly so they alert you when there’s a danger. We recommend that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are tested every season.
2. Inspect, and change out HVAC filters if needed.
You want to cycle clean air through your home. With many of us working from home and the impending winter weather soon to keep people inside, make sure your HVAC is properly cleaned ASAP. The CDC stated that COVID-19 can be spread by airborne transmission, so it is especially important to keep air flowing properly right now.
3. Flush hot water heater and remove sediment.
Winter is an uncomfortable season to be without hot water. Routine maintenance can help prevent unexpected damages and inconveniences.
1. Winterize all exterior faucets and pipes.
You don’t want your pipes to freeze over when the temperatures drop.
2. Remove showerheads and clean sediment.
We know this isn’t part of your regular bathroom cleaning routine, but it’s important to maintain your home’s health.
3. Inspect all water filtration system filters: water softener, refrigerator, entire home, etc.
The more your water filtration system is regularly maintained and inspected, the longer it will last! Preventative maintenance ultimately saves you money.
1. Check interior caulking (bathtubs and sinks).
Caulking prevents mildew and mold, but it needs to be inspected since it shrinks and cracks over time. Make sure your caulk is still doing its job!
2. Check & repair all weather stripping.
Weather stripping prevents water from entering your home and seals in your interior air. You’ll save money on heat this winter with properly installed and maintained weather stripping.
3. Tighten any handles, knobs, racks, etc. Evaluate anything that could have a loose screw.
Loose screws lead to lost screws – and the annoying hassle of repairing whatever is broken in the process. Ensure your screws are tightened and in place after a year of wear and tear to the items in and around your home.
Now through November 30th, participating Handyman Pro locations are offering 10% off winterizing services! For all your home maintenance needs, go with the pros by calling (855) 640-3727.