Your Yearly Home Maintenance Checklist IV

Keeping your home in order doesn’t just provide comfort for you and your family, it provides peace of mind that your abode will be clean, safe, and efficient. Plus, you’ll enjoy greater longevity out of your home and its appliances, and you’ll get more value out of your house, should you ever decide to put it on the market. If that’s not reason enough to take care of the ol’ castle, we don’t know what is. As of late, we’ve been covering tasks that you can take care of year after year to ensure that you’re making the most of your home. In previous articles, we’ve covered topics ranging from air filter replacements to caulking your bathroom tiles. Today, we’re wrapping up our checklist with our final segment of Your Yearly Home Maintenance Checklist. Add dryer duct cleaning, water heater inspections, and carpet cleaning to your checklist to ensure that your home remains pristine. Let’s delve into what to do, when to do it, and why you should do it.

Dryer Duct Cleaning

Your dryer duct collects all sorts of dust and fibers from load after load of laundry. And while most of those dust bunnies end up caught in the lint trap, fine fibers can find their way into the duct that leads to the exterior of your home. And unfortunately, over time, this duct can become clogged with debris, to the point that it backs up, choking the airflow from your dryer while creating a fire hazard (since lint can easily ignite). Have your dryer ducts cleaned regularly.

What to Do

Dryer duct cleaning can be performed by moving your dryer, disconnecting the duct, and cleaning out the interior. You’ll also have to clean out the duct from the vent end on the exterior of your house. We recommend that you hire a professional to clean your dryer ducts thoroughly. Here at J & J Air Duct Cleaning, we clean ducts thoroughly, which can save you money (by improving the efficiency of your dryer), save you energy, reduce the risk of a fire, and improve the longevity of your dryer.

When to Do It

We recommend dryer duct cleaning at least once per year to ensure that your ducts don’t get gunked up with lint. If you use your dryer more often than the traditional household (perhaps you have a large family), then you should have your ducts cleaned more often. Feel free to ask us for a recommended cleaning interval during your next service appointment!

Water Heater Inspection (and draining)

Your water heater won’t last forever, but you can extend the life of the heater and improve its efficiency with regular maintenance. You should have your water heater inspected, maintained, and drained on occasion to keep it operating at its best.

What to Do

Have your water heater inspected to make sure the burners are clean (if you have a gas model), and to ensure that there are no leaks. You should also have the burners cleaned, and you should have your water heater drained to help remove deposits that can build up inside the tank.

When to Do It

Drain your water heater at least once per year to ensure that sediment doesn’t gunk up the tank. Sediment can damage your tank, and it can hinder its efficiency. You should also inspect your water heater and clean/maintain its components while you’re at it.

Carpet Cleaning

Cleaning your carpets extends the life of the material, while providing a better feel underfoot. Beyond that, cleaning your carpets will remove pet dander, pollen, and pollutants that can leave you sneezing.

What to Do

We recommend that you get a deep cleaning for your carpets regularly to get rid of stains, dust, dander, and anything else that has accumulated in the pile of your carpet. You can rent a steam cleaner yourself for a moderate cost, or you can have a professional crew stop over with a commercial cleaner. Commercial cleaners provide the deepest cleaning, though a standard steam cleaner can still work wonders if you use it regularly.

When to Do It

For most homes, steam cleaning twice per year should be sufficient to keep your carpets looking and feeling their best. That said, if you keep your home fairly clean (and take off your shoes at the door!), you may only need to steam clean your carpets once per year. On the other hand, if you have pets, kids, and a case of clumsiness resulting in the occasional spill, then you’ll need to steam clean those carpets more often. You can always give your carpets a deep cleaning if you notice odors, a buildup of hair, or staining or discoloration.

Final Thoughts

Woo! You’ve made it to the end of our list. As a reminder, we’ve covered all of the tasks — feel free to make yourself a checklist to stay on top of your home’s maintenance!

  • Air Duct Cleaning
  • Weatherproofing (including caulking, thermal camera, insulation, doors, windows)
  • Roof Inspection (look for damage and leaves)
  • Check Alarm Systems
  • Air Filter Swap
  • Landscaping (aerate, fertilize, perform cleanups, and trim)
  • Bathroom Caulking
  • HVAC Maintenance
  • Power Wash (clean your deck, driveway, and home exterior)
  • Exterior Painting (update your home, patios, and wooden fixtures)
  • Dryer Duct Cleaning
  • Water Heater Inspection (and draining)
  • Carpet Cleaning

As always, you can count on J & J Air Duct Cleaning to help you around the house. We provide a variety of services for folks here in Las Vegas, that are designed to ensure your home is comfortable and safe. Count on us for air duct cleaning, HVAC filter changes and cleaning, and dryer vent cleaning services. Reach out to us today to schedule service for your home!