5 Home Maintenance Tips You aren’t Doing (But Should)

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You’re probably no stranger to things like vacuuming, shoveling snow and touching up paint. While these jobs are necessary to keeping your home looking great, they aren’t the only things you should be doing. These five home maintenance tips will help you make sure your home not only looks good, but that its systems work well.

Repair Leaky Faucets

Leaky faucets aren’t just a minor annoyance; they can lead to bigger problems. Even small drips can increase your water bill significantly and could signal that there is a problem with your piping system. You may be able to repair the leak yourself by replacing the faucet’s washer. If that doesn’t work, contact a plumber.

Have Your Boiler Inspected

It’s important to have your boiler inspected regularly to keep it in top condition so it will work effectively and provide hot water. A professional can make sure it is working well and catch any problems before they get bigger. Contact a plumber who provides boiler repair on Long Island to set up an appointment.

Change your Furnace Filter

When you change your furnace filter frequently, it will be easier to regulate the temperature in your home and could even save you money. Furnaces with clean filters work more efficiently, so they will use less energy. It’s recommended that you change your filter once every few months and more often if you have pets.

Defrost Your Freezer

Your freezer is another appliance that works more efficiently when it is well maintained. When ice forms on the sides of your freezer, it doesn’t work as well and can even lead to higher electrical bills. To defrost it, turn it off and unplug it. Then, as it the ice begins to melt, remove food and things like drawers and ice trays. Wipe the inside of the freezer and accessories clean. When the ice is completely gone, you can plug the freezer back in, turn it on and replace the food and removable parts.

Vacuum Your Dryer’s Exhaust Duct

At least once a year, you should disconnect your dryer from its exhaust duct and vacuum it out to remove dust and lint. This will make your dryer more efficient and this buildup can actually be a fire hazard, so it’s important to remove it. It’s also a good idea to use a duct made of sheet metal, instead of plastic, which can also be a fire hazard.

When you follow through with these home maintenance tips, your home’s systems and appliances will work better and more efficiently. If your projects involve technical plumbing repairs, contact us. We provide maintenance and repair services, including boiler repair on Long Island.

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