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Home Maintenance For 2017

While home maintenance may not be your favorite thing to do, it can decrease your chance for costly replacements or emergencies as well as keep your home looking pristine! This new year, why not make a resolution to practice proper home maintenance? Trust us, you’ll be glad you did! Find out how to get started.

Bi Annually

  • Replace batteries in both your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors (not just when it starts beeping at you).
  • To allow your refrigerator to operate more efficiently, vacuum your refrigerator coils. This can save you up to $100 a year!
  • Prevent mineral and corrosion buildup by testing your water heater’s pressure relief valve. This can also help you heater run more efficiently.
  • Deep clean your house (that’s right, appliances, windows, nooks, crannies, etc.). Besides the joy of having a nice, clean house, ridding your home of dust, dirt and grime will keep your home in tip-top shape.


  • Test your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors by pressing the “test” button on your detector.
  • Check water softener and add salt, if necessary.
  • Test your garage door’s auto reverse feature by placing a 2×4 on the ground below the door. Within a second of the door hitting the wood, it should reverse.
  • Run water and flush toilets in your unused spaces. Have a sink in your laundry room or a toilet in your guest bedroom that doesn’t get much use? Test them to be sure they not only work properly but  also to prevent buildup.


  • Clean sink disposal. (Vinegar ice cubes is an easy and effective way to do this.)
  • Inspect HVAC filters and replace if needed. While it’s often recommended, it’s not always necessary to replace your HVAC filters monthly. For small households (especially without pets), it’s okay to replace for filter every 2-3 months.
  • Use a degreaser from an auto parts store mixed with hot water to clean your range hood filter.
  • Examine fire extinguisher (be sure it’s easily accessible, no wear and tear, and adequate pressure).


For seasonal home maintenance tips, check out our blogs, Ways To Prepare Your Home For Spring, Fall Maintenance Tasks, Bosworth’s Tips To Prepare For The Winter Season, and Easy Ways To Get Your Patio Ready For Summer…and don’t for get about the seasonal system checks we offer! Schedule yours today!