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The forgotten five: essential home maintenance tasks you might be overlooking

Overlooked home maintenance issues are our specialty.

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it's easy to overlook certain home maintenance tasks. Yet, these overlooked tasks are often the ones that can lead to significant issues down the line. Here are five critical but frequently forgotten home maintenance tasks, the impact of neglecting them, and how proactive care can prevent potential headaches.

1. Cleaning Dryer Vents

Many homeowners remember to clean the lint trap in their dryer but forget about the vent and duct work. Clogged dryer vents can significantly increase the risk of a fire. Regularly cleaning your dryer vent ensures your appliance runs efficiently and safely.

2. Checking Water Heater Pressure Relief Valves

The pressure relief valve on your water heater is designed to release water if pressure or temperature gets too high, preventing explosions. Testing this valve annually is crucial but often overlooked. Neglecting this can lead to water damage or, in extreme cases, an explosion.

3. Sealing Windows and Doors

Leaks around windows and doors are common and can lead to increased energy bills and water damage over time. Regularly checking and resealing these areas can improve energy efficiency and prevent costly repairs.

4. Servicing HVAC Systems

While some homeowners change their HVAC filters regularly, many forget about the importance of servicing the entire system. Annual servicing can prevent breakdowns, improve efficiency, and extend the life of your HVAC system.

5. Inspecting and Cleaning Gutters

Gutters clogged with leaves and debris can lead to water damage on your roof and foundation. Despite its importance, gutter cleaning is frequently neglected. Regular cleaning, especially before the rainy season, can prevent water-related issues.

Preventing the Overlooked: The Proactive Approach

Each of these tasks, while seemingly minor, plays a crucial role in maintaining a home's integrity and functionality. The impact of neglect can range from increased utility bills to severe safety hazards. The key to avoiding these pitfalls is a proactive approach to home maintenance.

Home Preservation: Your Partner in Proactive Home Care

For Bay Area residents, Home Preservation offers a solution to the challenge of staying on top of these and other maintenance tasks. Through our quarterly assessments as part of our home stewardship subscription, we ensure that nothing is overlooked. Our comprehensive approach includes:

- Assessing and cleaning dryer vents to reduce the risk of fire.

- Testing water heater pressure relief valves to prevent potential water damage or explosions.

- Sealing leaks around windows and doors to improve energy efficiency.

- Servicing HVAC systems to enhance performance and longevity.

- Cleaning gutters to avoid water damage to the roof and foundation.

By entrusting your home maintenance to Home Preservation, you can eliminate the hassle of remembering these critical but often forgotten tasks. Our experts provide your home the care it needs, when it needs it, preventing many potential problems before they arise. This proactive approach not only preserves the safety and efficiency of your home but also enhances its value and longevity.

Bay Area residents looking for peace of mind and a hassle-free way to take care of their homes should consider Home Preservation's comprehensive and proactive approach to home maintenance. Let us take care of the details, so you can enjoy your home without the worry. Schedule a free assessment today- we are so excited to be your partner in home stewardship, and can't wait to meet you.


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