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3 Often-Missed Home Maintenance Tasks

When it comes to home maintenance, most homeowners have a good grasp of the maintenance tasks they need to perform on a regular basis. Other maintenance must-dos get overlooked each year. Give your customers the know-how and the products they need to check these extra jobs off their lists. 

Check for High Water Pressure
Some homes have pressure-reducing valves, which are typically installed near the main water shutoff valves. These valves help regulate water pressure coming into the home. Water pressure that’s too high can harm pipes, connections and appliances and also wastes water. 

If a home doesn’t have a pressure-reducing valve, the homeowner can add one, such as the Watts Lead Free Water Pressure Reducing Valves. It is important for the homeowner to ensure their water pressure is not too high by using a pressure gauge like the Watts Lead Free Combination Pressure and Temperature Gauges Bottom-Entry, which hooks up to an outdoor or laundry tub faucet.  

Clean Refrigerator Coils
A refrigerator’s condenser coils are typically located on the back or across the bottom of the appliance. If those coils become clogged with dust, dirt or debris, they cause the condenser to work harder, which costs the homeowner more money and leads to needing to replace the appliance sooner. A simple coil-cleaning brush, such as the Smart Choice Universal Condenser Coil Cleaner Brush, and a vacuum keep those coils clean and the refrigerator in good working order. 

Lube Garage Door Springs
Homeowners should keep the overhead garage door torsion springs that are mounted above the roller tracks lubricated with a product specially made for this purpose, like Blaster Garage Door Lubricant. This silicone-based lubricant leaves a tack-free film that won’t accumulate dust and dirt. Lubing the springs at least once a year will help them last longer. 

About Lindsey Thompson

Lindsey Thompson
Lindsey joined the NHPA staff in 2021 as an associate editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. A native of Ohio, Lindsey earned a B.S. in journalism and minors in business and sociology from Ohio University. She loves spending time with her husband, two kids, two cats and one dog, as well as doing DIY projects around the house, going to concerts, boating and cheering on the Cleveland Indians.

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