Being a homeowner can come with a lot to handle, but with a little bit of patience and the right home maintenance tracking you’ll do great at it! Surely you know you need to keep maintenance of your home, but these are home maintenance tasks most people end up forgetting. Any idea what they are? Keep reading to find out!

“Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.” - Saadi

Clean the Refrigerator Drip Pan

To clean your drip pan, first remove the bottom kick panel.
To clean your drip pan, first remove the bottom kick panel. Image source: WikiHow

By the name alone you know it’s something that needs a regular checkup. Not all refrigerators have a drip pan, but most of them do. Do you know where to find the refrigerator’s drip pan?

  • First, you need to remove the kick panel at the bottom front of your fridge
  • Then, follow the defrost line to the pan
  • Look under the refrigerator to find the pan (usually metal or plastic)

Be careful when removing it as the pan might be full of water. Also: it’ll be easier if you use a flashlight for that last part! Checking your fridge and its drip pan is incredibly important because mold can grow very quickly around your fridge.

Remove Water from the Water Heater

It's important to keep that water heater working.
It’s important to keep that water heater working. Image source: Woodshop Diaries

Okay, that may sound a bit weird, but it’s a fact: you need to remove that sitting water from the water heater. That will help remove any sediment that may be collected too! Remember to turn off electricity or gas to the water heater before getting started. Then you just need to follow a couple of simple steps to get that water heater drained. In case you’re not in the mood to do this yourself, a professional plumber can make your life much easier.

Reseal Grout

Resealing grout is important to keep it stain-free.
Resealing grout is important to keep it stain-free. Image source: dengarden

When you install tiles in your home, you probably already know that you’ll need to seal the grout to stop water from ruining it before its time. However, you might have missed the information that you need to reseal it every year! You can actually learn how to reseal grout, and it’s really important that you do it every year to prevent bacteria, mold, and stains all around your tiles.

You’ll basically:

  • Apply grout sealant
  • Wipe off excess
  • Apply one more coat after 15 minutes
  • Wipe off excess again

After 24 to 48 hours, it should be all set! Test it with some water, if it beads, then it’s all set. If the water gets absorbed instead, you might consider calling a pro to give you a hand.

Test for Water Leaks

Bathrooms are a common place to find leaks.
Bathrooms are a common place to find leaks. Image source: Simple Studios

Seems pretty obvious, but aside from the check up when you first bought your house, how often have you checked for water leaks? Doing so is really important since they can cause a huge amount of damage - both to your lifestyle and your pocket.

The simplest way to check for leaks:

Use the meter reading! Avoid using the water for about two hours and you’ll know if there are any leaks if the meter changes even when you’re not using the water. If that’s the case, then you might want to hire someone to find where the leak is coming from and, of course, fix it properly.

Reseal Stone Countertops

Countertops need to be resealed every year.
Countertops need to be resealed every year. Image source: Becki Owens

Another resealing matter, that is, if you have granite or marble countertops. Not all types of material need sealing and resealing, but most of them do, so you need to pay attention to that when building or making over your home. Both marble and granite need to be resealed every year!

Sometimes, you may even need to do it more frequently. You can test it by pouring some water on top of it: the more water it absorbs, the more it needs resealing. Want to know how to do it? It’s pretty simple! You only need to wash the countertop with soap and water, wipe it dry and apply the sealer. Wait for 15 minutes and then wipe the excess off.

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