Your home may be the biggest investment you will ever make. Taking good care of it with regular maintenance is necessary to maintain its value and ensure it will provide a comfortable, safe shelter for you and your family for a long time.
Here is a home maintenance quiz that will test your maintenance knowledge. While this quiz does not address every home maintenance project, it does provide helpful tips and reminders for chores you may have overlooked.
1. What part of the faucet usually needs to be replaced when you have a water leak?
2. How often should the moving parts of garage doors be oiled?
Every three months.
3. What faucet part needs to be cleaned every three to four months?
Aerator — the screen inside the end of the faucet.
4. What will prevent soot and add color to the fire in your fireplace?
Throw in a handful of salt.
5. What should you use to clean unpainted concrete floors?
A solution of 4 to 6 tablespoons of washing soda in a gallon of hot water. Mix scouring powder to the solution for tough jobs.
6. Do hardwood floors need to be waxed?
Hardwood floors that do not have a polyurethane finish probably will need to be waxed periodically. Use liquid or paste “spirit” wax.
7. Why should frozen pipes be thawed slowly?
Frozen pipes should be thawed slowly to prevent the formation of steam, which could cause the pipe to burst.
8. What is the white powdery substance that develops on masonry walls?
Efflorescence sometimes appears on masonry walls. It is crystallized soluble salts that can be removed by scrubbing with water and a stiff brush.
9. At what temperature should your water heater be set?
120 degrees Fahrenheit
10. What is a simple solution you can use to wash extremely dirty exterior windows?
A solution of equal parts vinegar and water or 3 tablespoons of denatured alcohol per quart of warm water. Use a piece of crumpled newspaper to wash the glass to avoid lint left behind by paper towels.
How did you do?? If you have any questions about home maintenance or need some help with repairs, give us a call! We have some great people we can refer to you!
All information courtesy of National Association of Home Builders.