2021 is upon us! The holiday lights on Black Mountain are starting to disappear and many of us are starting on our workout and organization goals (right?!). As we set our new goals for the year, it’s important not to forgot those home maintenance items that may have fallen by the wayside. While home maintenance might not be the most exciting of to-do’s, it’s important to have a plan for tasks and expenses to make sure your home is in good working order. Here in Cave Creek, a lot of us have large lots, septic systems and air conditioning units that require some frequent TLC! Don’t miss this important home maintenance checklist that every Cave Creek homeowner should be reviewing!
Home Maintenance Checklist For Cave Creek Homeowners
Get Your Air Conditioner/Heater Inspected
Maybe you’re not doing this every year, and that’s okay. But if you’ve skipped the last few years of having your HVAC inspected or serviced or you have an older air conditioning unit it might be time to call in the professionals. As someone who has had their air conditioner go out on a 115 degree day…it’s not fun. Especially when everyone else’s units are out and wait times are almost as high as the service charges. Take advantage of the beginning of the year when most people aren’t using or needing their A/C and make sure you’re set up for comfort this summer!
Change Your Air Filters
I’ve come to find out that a lot of out-of-staters who move to Arizona aren’t aware that our air filters need to be changed regularly. Hopefully you are changing them more than once a year. If not, the New Year is a great time to make a change. We change our filters at least once a month in the summer (when our air is running all the time) and every 2-3 months when we are running it less. This home maintenance item is a great way to reduce dust and allergens in your home and can also help with energy efficiency. Looking for an easy way to remember? Try Second Nature’s subscription filter service and never forget when they need to be changed!
Check Your Landscape Drip System For Leaks
If your landscaping relies on those little black tubes that stick out of the ground for water, take a moment to walk around and make sure there aren’t any major leaks. In the desert, the bunnies love to chew on lines which can lead to leaks. You might also consider purchasing a B-Hyve smart irrigation system. We installed these a few months ago and they actually tell you how many gallons you’re using per watering. It’s a great way to keep an eye on water usage and save some money on that water bill!
Talk To Your Landscaper About A Pre-Emergent
Many of us in Cave Creek are probably well aware of a little plant known as Globe Chamomile. If you haven’t met the pest known as “stinknet”, I’ll introduce you. Globe Chamomile is a small flower with a cute little yellow ball on top. Typically when you see one, you see thousands. Oh, they also grow lickety split! It’s actually an invasive species that is both an eye and respiratory irritant and it’s highly flammable. Consider talking with a landscaper about spraying a pre-emergent on your property to keep the little stinkers from popping up! It’s a crucial step in making your home look beautiful and protecting it from fire hazards. Nobody wants to relive the fire season of last summer!
Clear Debris From Your Roof!
I see it in almost every home inspection: “Debris on roof.”. It usually is not a big deal but debris sitting on a roof over a long period of time can errode many coating systems. This is especially important on flat foam roofs. Make sure someone is getting up there at least once a year to clear any leaves that may have gotten stuck in the corners and crevices. It will increase the lifetime of your roof! Oh, you’ll also appreciate having a leak-free home when monsoon season rolls around!
Have Your Septic System Inspected (if you have one!)
If you live in a home with a septic system, an important home maintence item is having that system inspected and maybe pumped out. Nobody likes that burning sulphur smell that can result from a septic system gone awry. Spend the extra money and have a professional come out to give it a clean bill of health!
Make Sure Your Rural Metro Fire Contract Gets Renewed
If you independently contract with Rural Metro Fire here in Cave Creek, you’ll want to make sure that your annual contract gets renewed. We received our renewal letter in the fall and love that they are doing monthly payments now! If you haven’t gotten their letter or don’t know if your contract is current, make sure you give them a call!
Check That Your Smoke Alarms Are In Good Working Order
While we are on the subject of the fire department… Check to make sure that all of the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in your home are in working order. Most importantly, make sure that batteries are fresh and, if your alarms are wired, that they have electricity.
Have Your Water Softener Checked Out
A lot of us here in Arizona are on water softening systems. It’s worth having frequent check ups on your system to make sure all the softening action is going well! At the very least, make sure to check your salt levels. Additionally, a recent tip that we received from Culligan Water is to tap lightly on the sides of your brine tank with a rubber mallet to break up any blocking salt bridges. Who knew?!
Well, there you have it. A few home maintenance checklist items unique to the Cave Creek homeowner!