In a recent interview with WisconsinRealEstate.com, we were asked a few questions regarding proper home maintenance. This is the second post in a series relating to the article.
Can you describe two or three of the most common areas that homeowners don’t regularly maintain but they should?
One maintenance item that homeowners neglect include toilet flappers. After years of faithfully stopping the water from running on in toilets, these flappers can get dirty or become warped. This causes them to improperly seal the tank and allows water to run down the drain. Internal parts on the toilet can hang up and not shut water off, which pours precious water down the drain. Did you know that you could lose 600 to 700 gallons in a single day when this is not maintained?
Sump pumps are another item that should be checked every year. A stuck float can find your basement flooded in no time, if not operating correctly. Battery back up systems also require the battery water level to be checked from time to time. The constant trickle charge they operate on, often times causes the batteries to lose their fluids, thus failing when you need them the most!
Chimney flue (mechanism at the base of a chimney that lets the smoke out and keeps the heat in) is another item that when left open or ajar, heat escapes and allows critters easy access in. These should be checked often because, if blocked, or the flue does not open or close properly, carbon monoxide may pour into the house, killing those you love most.
Check out my interview, The Facts About Proper Home Maintenance on Wisconsin Real Estate, one of the top sites for Wisconsin real estate, including Beaver Dam, WI real estate. Wisconsin Real Estate also services Illinois real estate and Michigan homes for sale.