Helpful Home Maintenance
If nothing in your house is clogged or on fire it’s all too easy to just leave well enough alone. While that approach may seem like it’s working for you, it’s actually better to do some tune ups here and there to keep things working properly to keep you from having a big, expensive problem down the road.
Do It Yourself
- Invest in your tools – The first step in preventative home maintenance is acquiring the proper tools. Some issues seem too minor to have to call in a professional: why would you need a plumber when you have a plunger, or why pay big bucks to unclog your drain when you can just by some cleaner at the grocery store? Well you’re right in that you can solve these minor problems yourself, but you’ll need the right tools for the job. Go ahead and invest in a good plunger and drain snake so that you have the right tools on hand to properly fix these minor problems on your own. Not having these tools when you need them or worse, having cheap ones, can lead you to end up making the problem worse and ultimately having to call in a professional anyway. (Bonus tip: you can keep your drains from clogging by cleaning them out after each use. Also note that if your plunger or drain snake doesn’t take care of your problem on the first try absolutely call a professional right away.)
- Change your air filters – If the air in your home doesn’t seem quite as fresh as it should, the problem isn’t necessarily with your HVAC unit. The solution to stuffy air may be as simple as changing your air filter! As with investing in your tools, you’ll also want to be sure that you’re getting the best air filter for your needs. Keeping your air filters clean or changing them out frequently will not only keep the air in your home safe and healthy for your family, but can save you money in the long run by keeping your HVAC unit from freezing. (Bonus tip: cleaning any leaf or debris pile up from around your HVAC unit can keep your unit working better and your air cleaner.)
- Inspect your units and appliances – It won’t hurt to take a stroll in and around your house to make sure that nothing is leaking, clogged, or rusty. These problems may be as simple as tightening a valve, doing some plunging, or doing some extra scrubbing, but they also could be signals of bigger problems and it will be best that you caught them early!
- Get serviced – Having a professional inspect your HVAC unit at least once per year may seem unnecessary, but these “check-ups” can help you discover and fix minor issues one at a rather than letting them pile up into one big disaster. (Bonus tip: we at Corley would love to help you out with these inspections; we even have the perfect service plan just for you!)
Now, while there are plenty of things around your house you can maintain yourself there are several things you should never “DIY.” If you do need home help or service give us a call at (864) 661-2811 or contact us online today; we’ll get your plumbing, electrical, and HVAC units back to optimal working conditions!