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What kind of upkeep does my house need?

Yearly Home Upkeep

Just like you, your house and its many components get a year older every 12 months. According to, a mortgage information resource, here are a few annual maintenance tasks that can help your home age gracefully:

  • Clean clothes dryer exhaust. Lint buildup can affect the dryer's efficiency and may create a fire hazard. In fact, about 15,500 house fires are caused by clothes dryers each year. The National Park Service offers some interesting ideas on what to do with all the lint.

  • Lubricate garage door springs. Whether you have an opener or not, greasing your garage door springs can make it much easier to operate.

  • Drain hot water heater. Sediment that collects in the bottom of the heater can affect its longevity. If you're not sure how to drain the water heater, this tutorial from the City of Fresno has the answers you seek.

  • Look for signs of termites. A swarm of termites can lead to huge expenses. This termite primer from the EPA can help you spot them.

  • Clean septic tank. If your sewage collects in a tank, it should be inspected annually and emptied as needed. The average household needs a septic tank cleaning every two or three years.

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