Home Maintenance Tips for September

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Mission Mortgage Home Maintenance Checklist

Home repair bills can easily get out of control if you’re not regularly maintaining your home. Research statistics have shown that for every $1 spent on home maintenance, $100 is saved in home repair. Properly maintained systems and appliances also save money on utility bills and buying replacements. Taking care of your home also contributes to a higher re-sale value.

It may seem like an overwhelming task to maintain your home, but it feels easier if you can divide these chores into monthly to-do lists.  We at Mission Mortgage are happy to provide these monthly home maintenance suggestions to help keep you on track. This information is provided for general information purposes only. You should consult a qualified professional or do your own research regarding your specific circumstances.

Sink DrainClear Your Pipes

Plumbing is a critical component of your home that can cause major damages when not properly maintained. We’ll begin our annual home maintenance schedule by cleaning out drains and reminding ourselves what should and shouldn’t be going down the pipes. Some of the most common causes for clogged drains include: grease, eggshells, stringy vegetables, skins and peels from fruit and vegetables, pasta, rice, pits & seeds, and hair.

Some solids like grease, pasta, and rice can be dissolved by pouring eight cups of very hot (nearly boiling) water mixed with 3 tablespoons of liquid dishwashing detergent.

Chemical drain cleaners include traditional cleaners, foaming cleansers, and enzyme cleaners. Traditional and foaming cleansers may contain chemicals that are harmful to the environment while enzyme cleansers are made of natural ingredients. Chemical cleaners can be harsh on your pipes, so you may decide to forgo this option.

A plunger or a snake can also be used to clean out pipes. Snakes are especially good at grabbing hair balls stuck in the drain.

Descaling

Hot Water Heater VinegarIf you live in Texas, it may be a good idea to descale your pipes this week as well. When rainwater soaks into the ground, it dissolves minerals in the rock and carries them into the plumbing of your home. When that water is heated, it leaves the minerals behind on your shower heads, glasses, dishwashers, and other home appliances and fixtures. You’ve probably noticed this residue which is called scale or limescale.

Scale is primary composed of limestone and chalk which is mostly calcium and magnesium carbonates. So while calcium is healthy for your body, it’s bad for clogging up your home’s pipes. That hot water within your pipes leaves a bit of scale behind while it is traveling to your sink, shower, or washer. That’s why you may need to get rid of the scale within your pipes. Shower heads and faucets often collect scale. Soaking them in vinegar overnight will remove the residue.

If you’re experiencing low water pressure in your entire home, you may need to descale all the hot water pipes. Just drain about two gallons of water from the bottom of your hot water heater, and add two gallons of vinegar from the top. Turn on each hot water tap in your home until you can smell the vinegar, then shut it off. This will keep the vinegar trapped in your hot water pipes overnight where it can hopefully dissolve the scale deposits inside.

Remove & Replace Old Caulk

Check around your sinks, showers, tubs, countertops, and appliances for caulking that is old, yellowing, separating, or moldy. This is where timely maintenance can really save you a major expense. The water tight seal helps keep wet things wet and dry areas dry – especially your sheetrock/dry wall. It can also help prevent insects from freely traveling about.

Contact Mission Mortgage

Mission Mortgage can help you maintain your home with refinance, first time homebuyer, construction loans, and Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOC). Contact us today for more information.