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In all likelihood, your home is the biggest investment you’ll make in your life. To protect that investment, you should perform regular maintenance to ensure your home runs efficiently for years to come. Although most homeowners already know the importance of maintenance and tackle the most obvious jobs, you may be surprised to learn there are a few tasks you probably overlook.

Clean Your Refrigerator Drip Pan
Did you know that most refrigerators have drip pans? The pans need to be cleaned regularly; otherwise, they can be prone to mold growth. Pull the pan out carefully to prevent spills, dump excess liquid and clean the pan with an all-purpose cleaner.

Flush Your Water Heater
Check the temperature of your water heater to ensure it’s set below 120 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent scalding. Test its safety relief valve once a year so that it operates properly, and flush the system to remove sediment buildup, which can cause system failure.

Reseal Your Grout
Grout needs to be resealed annually to protect your tile from wear and tear. Most grout is made of sand and cement; this means it can absorb water, bacteria and even stains. Resealing will help your grout look better and last as long as possible.

Test Smoke Alarms
Testing smoke alarms and changing their batteries is a vital maintenance task for safety reasons. Smoke alarms should be tested twice a year. Remember, at minimum, you should have one detector on every level of your home, and in each bedroom.

Change Your HVAC Filters
Have your heating system inspected, serviced and cleaned annually. Proper maintenance can extend the life of your furnace, postponing an expensive replacement. Change air filters seasonally to monthly, depending on your home’s needs, to protect against major HVAC issues.

Block Out Pests
Prevent pests from setting up camp in your home by caulking small holes or cracks inside and outside the house to deter bugs. Also, use hardware cloth to cover any larger areas.

Mastering home maintenance tasks can be a chore, but by ensuring you’re not missing these all-too-often-ignored jobs, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing your home is that much more protected.

Source: Brentnie Daggett/RISMedia’s Housecall

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