Home Maintenance Activities

Home maintenance activities are carried out by retaining the property in its original serviceable condition. Studies in the United Kingdom have reported that when expenses of a building is carried out over its service life, it is realized that a bigger amount of money is spent in the maintenance of the building than the cost of the building itself.  As a general guideline the 30/70 proportion is applied. Seventy per cent of the overall cost is spent in the maintenance of a building.

It is absolutely important to retain the quality of construction and more attention should be paid to premature deterioration and breakdown of building.

Cost of Home Maintenance is more than Actual Cost of Home

According to a study on commercial buildings in Britain the cost of paying the cleaners, buying chemicals, uniforms, vacation leave, overtime,  time off,  and so on over thirty years; when analyzed and incorporated, the total cost was equal to the cost of constructing the building in the first place. The maintenance activities of building encompass:  

Home Maintenance Activities

  • Safety
  • Cleanliness
  • Equipment and accessories in good working condition
  • Healthy environment
  • The privacy

The following are Some of the Prominent Challenges:

  • Too many unqualified and inexperienced contractors, leading to inapt workmanship;
  • Wrong choice of material details for different areas with hazardous conditions;
  • Poor craft of buildings;
  • Use of cheap and inferior substances;
  • Termite attack in the furniture and wooden houses;
  • Sea blast;
  • Over exposure of a few material to sunshine;
  • Excess darkness and humidity;
  • Untimely and improper treatment of wood can result in rotting;
  • Use of improper standards pertaining to building materials and processes;

Some Key Home Maintenance Activities

Some primary home maintenance activities are: 

  • Cleaning of inner and outer areas
  • Cleaning of yards
  • Cleaning of drains
  • Cleaning of pass, rain water gutters, driveways
  • Frequent painting
  • Taking necessary measures immediately to deal with problems ascertained
  • Maintenance of roofs - plugging of simple leak,
  • Regular routine inspection of house
  • Trimming of  vegetation, which is the lawns, the shrubbery,
  • Discard of waste,
  • Control of vermin and pests
  • Electrical maintenance

How to Design Easily Maintainable Homes

The house must be built and designed in a way that can be easily maintained. There have been buildings with lots of glass, but it is not feasible to clean those glasses. The builders did not notice the need for rails and chairs to enable persons for cleaning the multi story building. There are also troubles associated with clogging of drains rendering them tough to clean. Maintenance should be easy to carry out, so they can be performed on a regular basis. 

Now how to design building to reduce maintenance? 

  • Choose those materials which are rust free
  • Chosen materials should not be easily attacked by sunlight, termites, and rot
  • Ensure good attention to details and hire talented workmanship
  • Choose right professional Team – Contractors, Architects, Draughtsman
  • Make sure that the floor water around your houses is washed away from the walls and foundations. This will enable keeping your foundations dry and cemented and the area around the house less than stodgy
  • Building should be constructed to a considerable distance to avoid the risk of flooding, land slides
  • Building should be strong enough to resist considerable levels of hurricane and earthquake intensities 

Maintain a routine for your home maintenance activities and you will find the work is easy to do and also not that time-consuming. Following a regular schedule of annually or seasonal home maintenance activities could stop the most costly and most common troubles before they appear.

Yearly Home Maintenance Activities

Many of the home maintenance activities are seasonal, but there are so many things you can take care of, on a yearly basis.

Spring

1. Clear debris and leaves outside and around the air conditioner and discard the cover if used
2. Clean debris from storm drains, downspouts, window wells, gutters
3. Discover the gutters for signs of any damage and repair them when needed
4. Trim down extra hanging tree limbs and overgrown shrubs around your house
5. Discover if the stripping on doors and windows are in working condition and make repairs if needed
6. Clean louvers, roof vents, and screens
7. Check and clean the chimney and remove insulation from outer pipes, faucets, pipes in crawl spaces
8. Clean and check all door pans and windows and do repairs or replacements if required
9. Check smoke alarms and replace weak batteries with new
10. Remove hair and other debris from sinks, tubs and showers and facilitate a drain cleaner for your plumbing system.

Summer

1. Check out dross and sludge in the septic tank and if required get it serviced.
2. Get the sewer cleared and use a root killer.
3. Test ground-fault circuit disturbances if you cannot do it every month.
4. Inspect all electrical wires and cords for signs of damage.
5. Inspect both inner and outer hoses and dryer vent systems.
6. Inspect the pressure levels on your fire extinguishers.

Fall

1. Discard the garden hoses from spouts and retain for winter. Ensure to wrap insulation spouts.
2. Drain out and dry your in-ground sprinkler systems.
3. Clean debris from window wells, gutters, and storm drains.
4. Inspect doors, windows and siding for cracks and any replacement.
5. Inspect all soffit vents to ensure that they are debris free.
6. Check out joints of bricks for loose joints or cracked mortar.
7. Check for loose putty across the glass panes.
8. Get the furnace serviced

Winter

1. Check the roof for icicles, which could give sign for possible ice dams.
2. Check out the basement for leakages during thaws.
3. Check out all circuit interrupters, particularly post electrical storms.
4. Inhibit frozen pipes when you closed the home for an extended period by opening the cabinet doors to allow heat reach the pipes and avoid from turning the heat off entirely.

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