8 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Save Money on Your House
Welcome the New Year with a nice and well-maintained house. This will keep your home in order and save you money from repairs and maintenance. Check out the eight reminders below and keep your money inside your pocket!
1. Improve your showerhead’s flow.
Mineral build-up can weaken the flow of your showerhead. Bring it back to life by removing the showerhead and soaking it in a mixture of equal parts warm water and any type of vinegar for 15 minutes. The acid in the vinegar will dissolve the minerals.
Is it taking longer to dry your clothes? It may be time to clean the vent. Remove the duct from behind the unit and then push a plumbing snake through your dryer vent from outside. Tie a rag to the snake end and pull it a couple of times to clean the dryer vent. This will save you energy and protect your house from fires.
3. Avoid mold in the bathroom.
Eliminate dampness and you can prevent the growth of mold and mildew. After showering, use a squeegee to take off water from the shower walls. This simple act removes 3/4 of moisture that supports unwanted growth. Then, run your bath fans during your shower and for a half-hour after to flush out moisture. If you have tile, seal the grout lines annually with a standard grout sealer to waterproof them.
4. Clean your dishwasher.
Do this every month and not just once a year – add one cup of vinegar to an empty dishwasher and run a full cycle. The hard-water lime build-up will disappear and improve the performance of your dishwasher. Never mind the smell, it will disappear in a few hours.
5. Maintain the health of your gutters.
Avoid a major home repair by keeping your gutter clean and properly functioning. Check the downspout and make sure it empties away from the foundation. Remove any debris that may block it, such as leaves or sticks.
6. Set your water heater to 120 degrees.
7. Test your sump pump.
Basement flooding is always a nightmare. Protect your house this new year by testing your sump pump. Fill it up with water and make sure it actually pumps water. If it does not, check if it is plugged in, as well as the breaker. Look for frozen or clogged outlet pipes, too.
Clean the hole in the discharge line and check that the motor is running smoothly. You can also have a backup battery in case of power outages during heavy rainstorms.
8. Seal drafty windows.
Check the weather stripping of your windows. If it is in good shape and only loose in a few places, seal it using a dab of polyurethane sealant on the groove and press the weatherstrip into place. Otherwise, replace the entire weather strip to make sure your house is in top shape this new year!