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5 Home Maintenance Tips For Your New Home

1. Clean Out Your Gutters

Make sure the gutters are cleaned out and free of debris.  Overhanging trees drop leaves and small branches that can build up and eventually keep water from draining.   Water from clogged gutters can overflow and leak into your home.

2. Re-caulk Windows

Drafty windows and doors can suck money right out of your budget through high energy bills. Keeping the indoor air from escaping or the outdoor air from infiltrating the interior, will create less work on your HVAC system and prevent drastic pressure changes within the building.

3. Clean the Fireplaces

The National Fire Protection Association recommends that chimneys, fireplaces and vents be inspected at least once per year.  A Level 2 inspection is required when any changes are made to the system. Changes can include a change in the fuel type, changes to the shape of, or material in, the flue (i.e. relining), or the replacement/addition of an appliance of a dissimilar type, input rating or efficiency. Additionally, a Level 2 inspection is required upon the sale or transfer of a property or after an operation malfunction or external event that is likely to have caused damage to the chimney. Building fires, chimney fires, seismic events as well as weather events are all indicators that this level of inspection is warranted.

4. Check Your Filters

For industrial HVAC systems, proper filter maintenance is crucial to keeping ductwork clean. ... This will help to avoid problems associated with disruptions in the HVAC system, and possible distribution of odors or emissions that may occur.  Water Filtration, or A/C Windows units also have filters that should be monitored.  However many filters you have in your house, you should identify each and create a maintenance plan to replace when replacement is needed.

5. Flush the Water Heater

On a gas water heater, the sediment creates hot spots that can damage the tank and cause premature failure. On an electric water heater, sediment buildup can cause the lower heating element to fail. Hiring a qualified plumber to drain a water heater and flushing offers a payback in lower energy bills and extended heater life.  It is recommended that you flush your water heater at least once per year. Doing so will help to prevent the potential problems that sediment can bring over time.

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