Monthly Home Maintenance Schedule

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Here is a monthly home maintenance schedule that can help you take care of overlooked home maintenance chores.

January: Inspect your water heater's anode rod.

The easiest way to inspect your water heater's anode rod is to smell the water located near the anode rod. If the water smells like rotten eggs, it's time to replace the rod.

February: Lubricate your home's door hinges.

A simple way to lubricate your home's door hinges is to dab a touch of baby oil around each door hinge with a cotton swab.

March: Clean your home's siding.

Here's an easy way to clean your home's siding:

  1. Choose a 5-foot section of siding to start.
  2. Mix one cup of your favorite laundry detergent with five gallons of water in a bucket.
  3. Dip a mop into the mixture and scrub away any dirt, dust, or debris you see. For best results, start from the top and work your way towards the bottom.
  4. Rinse away any soap residue to prevent mold and mildew problems.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 on another section of siding.

April: Check your home's roof for signs of damage.

Some of the things to look for during your inspection include cracked caulking, rusty flashing, algae spots, broken shingles and wear around skylights. Be sure to replace any faulty caulking, flashing and shingles you see.

May: Check your septic tank’s connections for leaks.

The easiest way to check your septic tank’s connections is to flush your toilets to ensure the waste water goes to the septic tank.

June and July: Inspect your lawn for signs of damage your lawn's root structure.

A simple way to search for root damage to search for yellowed blades of grass and brown-colored roots.

August: Maintain your patio's pavers.

Here's an efficient way to maintain your patio's pavers:

  1. Inspect your patio for cracked and broken pavers.
  2. Replace any faulty pavers with new pavers.
  3. Finally, be sure to remove any weeds you see growing between pavers.

April and September: Prune and inspect your home's landscaping.

April and September are great times to prune your home's trees, vines and shrubs to prevent unsightly overgrowth. Be sure to inspect your home's landscaping as you prune for insect damage that results in wilted leaves and unsightly spots.

October and November: Inspect your home's gutters.

One way to inspect your home's gutters is to search for bumps that stick out from underneath your gutter's troughs. It's a good idea to search for these bumps because they represent depressions in a gutter's trough that can lead to structural problems.

December: Clean your furnace’s reusable filters.

One way to clean to your furnace's reusable filters is to soak them in a warm dish soap solution for 15 minutes. Be sure to rinse off any soap to prevent mold from growing on the filters.

Publisher Bio: Julie Mulheim is a freelance author for Newport Bay Hotels. They help folks get better prices on hotel and resorts near Newport Bay. Visit the site here to find out more about their product and services and exactly how they help customers identify bargains on hotels.

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