Sunday Morning Tip for May 26: Don’t Mess Up Your Home Maintenance: 4 Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

<span>Sunday Morning Tip for May 26:</span> Don’t Mess Up Your Home Maintenance: 4 Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
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    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and this old proverb holds very true when it comes to your home.

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Most homeowners know that keeping up with routine maintenance saves a lot of money in the long run, but many homeowners are going about certain tasks the wrong way. Here are four common maintenance mistakes that homeowners make and how you can avoid them.

Reaching for the Drain Cleaner

Many homeowners go straight to the bottle of drain cleaner when the sink or bathtub is draining slowly, but the corrosive chemicals in drain cleaner can damage pipes over time. To save wear and tear on your pipes, first attack clogs with a manual method like a pipe snake or plumber’s auger.

If that doesn’t work, try dissolving the clog with baking soda, vinegar, and hot water. Use chemical drain cleaner only as a last resort for tough clogs.

 

Gunking Up the Gutters

Everyone knows that cleaning the gutters is important, but many homeowners don’t clean their gutters often enough or thoroughly enough. Even slightly clogged gutters can cause water to pool around the edge of your roof, leading to rotted shingles and leaks.

Check your gutters after every rainstorm to make sure they are still draining properly; and consider installing covered gutters to reduce the amount of leaves and debris that collect in them.

 

Not Watching the Water Heater

The water heater is easy to forget about, but failing to maintain it can spell disaster. Tank water heaters are prone to buildup from the minerals in your water supply, which results in leaks that can flood your home.

What’s worse, this buildup can increase the heat and pressure in your water heater and cause an explosion. To keep your water heater running smoothly, drain the tank at least once a year or more often if you have hard water.

 

Ignoring Electrical Problems

Many homeowners overlook signs of electrical trouble like tripping breakers and flickering lights, but these seemingly small issues often lead to big problems, including fires and electrocution. Keep your home and your family safe by calling a licensed electrician to inspect your electrical system on a regular basis. They can take care of any issues and install safety updates like ground-fault circuit interrupters and tamper-resistant outlets.

Avoiding these common mistakes could save your home or your life. Don’t forget to add these tasks to your home maintenance calendar to keep your pipes, gutters, water heater, and electrical system humming along.

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