Wouldn’t be nice if each new home where to come with an owner’s user manual? It is impossible to have a firm grasp of all home maintenance tasks. However, it is imperative to know how to undertake some minor maintenance and repair tasks around your home. By undertaking maintenance tasks on your own you will save money and ensure that it is done properly. With this in mind, here are 5 maintenance skills all homeowners should know.
1. Changing your HVAC filter
Let us start by defining what HVAC stands for. HVAC simply stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. One of the first that you must be able to do as a landlord is to change your HVAC filter. Remember that you should change your air filters on a quarterly basis. This is essential to keep your system running smoothly and reduce your energy bills. Changing your air filters when they are due will save you lots of money in the long run. However, if you have pets or allergies then it is highly advisable that you change your air filters with greater frequency.
2. Fix a leaky faucet
Secondly, it is essential that you know how to attend to and fix a leaky faucet. You task will naturally start by identifying and shutting off the water supply valve. Keep in mind that the majority of leaky faucets are due to the failure of the faucet’s seats and springs. As a landlord it is important that you know how to attend to minor issues leading to leaky faucets. Knowing how to fix such minor issues will save you a lot of money in plumber bills. However, if you are not completely sure what you are doing then it is important that you seek professional help.
3. How to detect a gas leak
You should be able to identify a gas leak, as well as how to turn off the gas from the mains. This is a vital thing to have a firm grasp on as a homeowner. In the event that you identify a gas leak then you should turn off the gas and involve the relevant authorities immediately. Knowledge of the location of the gas meter is a necessity. Moreover, once you have turned off the gas, do not turn it back on until a professional has checked the lines.
4. Unclogging drains
Another equally important task that you must be aware of as a homeowner is how to unclog drains. Unclogging drains is a basic problem that you must know how to fix before you spend a lot of money getting professional help. You must be familiar with the use of chemical drain cleaners, as well as how to use various mechanical tools to remove clog.
5. Sealing cracks
Finally, it is crucial that you know how to caulk and seal cracks. Caulking and sealing cracks are essential to keep water and air out of your home. Most of the items you will require for your caulking and sealing project can be found at your local home improvement store.