Home Maintenance For Dummies
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Maintenance performed regularly and on schedule provides optimum longevity and helps prevent potential breakdowns or malfunctions. Beyond maintenance procedures for operational sake, the primary (and most important) reason for checking, inspecting, and constantly tuning up your home is to ensure maximum safety for you and your family.

Make these tasks part of your monthly home maintenance schedule:

  • Check water-purification and water-softener filters.

  • Test the water-heater pressure and temperature-relief valve for proper operation.

  • Clean and freshen your drains.

  • Degrease and freshen your disposal using vinegar ice cubes. Pour 1 cup of vinegar into an empty ice-cube tray, fill the balance of the tray with water, and freeze until solid.

  • Clean and replace furnace and air-conditioner filters.

  • Check the steam system safety valve and steam gauge.

  • Check the water level of your steam system.

  • Clean the filter on the interior of wall-mounted heat pumps.

  • Check air intakes for insect blockages and debris.

  • Clean the range-hood filter.

  • Clean your appliances.

  • Remove and clean range burners.

  • Wash and rinse the clothes-dryer lint screen.

  • Inspect, clean, and lubricate at least one major appliance per the manufacturer’s instructions.

  • Deep-clean laminate surfaces.

  • Clean and brighten tile and grout.

  • Deep-clean all types of flooring.

  • Test fire-extinguisher pressure gauges.

  • Test smoke-detector sensors and alarms.

  • Test carbon-monoxide detectors.

  • Test the auto-reverse safety feature on garage-door openers.

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James Carey and Morris Carey Jr. share their 55+ years of experience as award-winning, licensed contractors with millions of people nationwide through a weekly radio program and syndicated newspaper column, both titled On The House. They also appear regularly on CBS News Saturday Morning.

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