As a homeowner, you’re responsible for keeping your property in good repair. Ignoring or neglecting essential home maintenance tasks can put your family at risk and may even cost you more money in the long run. Here are four tasks you should never ignore or neglect. Set aside time in your schedule to take care of your house and keep your family safe.

1. Inspecting and Cleaning the Chimney is Essential Home Maintenance

If you have a fireplace, be sure to have your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a year. Creosote, a byproduct of burning wood, builds up inside your chimney and may cause a fire. Hire a professional to inspect the fireplace and chimney. They will repair cracked or damaged bricks and mortar. A chimney sweep will remove leaves, animal nests, and creosote – all flammable materials that could lead to a fire.

2. Testing Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are essential for protecting your family from fire and deadly gases. Check your home to verify there are smoke detectors on every floor and in each bedroom. Test your detectors monthly to ensure they’re working properly, and replace the batteries at least once a year.

3. Cleaning the Gutters and Downspouts

Your gutters and downspouts play an important role in protecting your home from water damage. Leaves, twigs, and other debris can clog your gutters and prevent them from doing their job. Overflowing gutters allow water to seep under the roofing materials and may lead to leaks. Excess water that’s not adequately diverted can damage the siding, leak into the basement, and affect the landscaping around your home.

To avoid problems, clean your gutters and downspouts at least twice a year – in the spring and fall. If you don’t have a ladder or aren’t comfortable with this task, hire a professional gutter company to clean and maintain this component of your home.

4. Essential Home Maintenance: Checking the Foundation for Cracks

Cracks in your foundation can lead to severe problems like water damage, mold, and even structural issues. Call a professional to assess the situation if you notice cracks in your home’s foundation. A pro will determine the cause of the damage, troubleshoot problems, and make recommendations to remedy the issue.

Ignoring or neglecting necessary home maintenance tasks can put your family at risk and lead to costly repairs over time. You’ll keep your family safe and maintain the property value by tackling basic upkeep and maintenance at home.

Homeworx Services Inc. offers home inspections to customers in Northern Virginia. Contact us to schedule our services.