If you don’t have new year’s resolutions, it’s not too late to come up with a few — beginning with ones that can help improve your home’s condition. In today’s post, the local gutter installers at Advantage Seamless share home maintenance resolutions to start in 2022.
Test the Sump Pump
The sump pump is an essential piece of equipment that helps keep groundwater out of the basement. It’s good practice to test your sump pump regularly, plus every time you need to leave your home for several days. Before you test the sump pump, make sure that the exit pipe isn’t blocked by ice, dirt, or debris. The pump should make a humming sound after you plug it in and turn it on. Slowly pour about five gallons of water into the pump pit until the float rises, during which point the sump pump should kick in. If it doesn’t, have your sump pump serviced as soon as possible.
Clean Your Gutters
Regularly cleaning your gutters can help reduce the risks of leaks and other problems, including unplanned gutter replacement. In addition to scooping and flushing out leaves and debris from the gutter troughs, you also have to inspect the joints and seams, and apply caulk where needed. It’s important to note that cleaning your gutters presents the risk of injury. If you don’t have the proper safety equipment, it’s best to have a local gutters replacement service contractor do it for you.
As a long-term solution, consider low-maintenance options like seamless gutters and gutter protection systems. Seamless gutters are made from a single piece of sheet metal and have seams, which means there’s lower risk of leaks. A gutter protection system like Valor can prevent leaves and debris from getting into the gutters, which can further reduce gutter maintenance requirements and virtually eliminate the need for gutter cleaning.
Replace Your HVAC Air Filters
The air filters in your HVAC system trap dust and other indoor air pollutants, and eventually become clogged. A typical whole-home HVAC system requires a new air filter every three months or up to every month during seasons of heavy usage. Fortunately, HVAC air filters can be purchased from many places and are user-replaceable, which means an appointment with an HVAC technician probably won’t be necessary.