When you move into your new home, you will have a lot of systems and features to watch out for. If you are a first-time homeowner, then you may be used to simply calling the landlord when you have issues around your home. However, when that home is yours, you may find yourself in the position of doing a little troubleshooting for yourself. You will also, of course, want to make sure you do your best to prevent those problems from happening in the first place. Here are some tips to keeping your home in good shape and everything running smoothly.
Take care of the chimney by having it cleaned
Make sure you have a chimney cleaner come out to your home and clean the chimney before you start using your fireplace. A lot of soot and debris can gather in the flu and pose a fire risk. In fact, bats and other animals can even nest in it, leading to problems if you aren't diligent on having it cleaned annually.
Make sure you have any electrical problems looked at right away
If you notice there are possible problems with your electrical system, then get an electrician out right away to have a look. Some signs that you may want to have someone come out include hot spots to the touch on any of the walls near the outlets, buzzing sounds, flickering lights, constantly burning out light bulbs, and anything else that just doesn't seem right to you.
Watch out for your central air unit
If the home is equipped with central air, make sure the filter is kept clean and that the registers are all kept open so the air flows throughout the system as it is supposed to. Regularly weed and clean up around the outside compressor, and provide it with shade during the heat of the day to reduce the amount of stress it is under and to help it last longer.
Care properly for your plumbing
Make sure you don't put anything you shouldn't down into any of the pipes via the toilets, sinks, or tubs. Try to use cleaners that are natural over harsh ones that can damage the pipes, and make sure you protect your pipes in the winter by preventing freezing. To prevent frozen pipes, you want to do what you can to keep them covered with insulation tape and run a small amount of water through them during freezing temps. Call your plumber immediately if you notice a leak.