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3 Home Maintenance Projects You Can DIY

Owning a home can be hugely expensive and cost a ton in time. Thankfully, you don’t need to hire professionals or a maintenance specialist for everything. There are basic, easy projects that you can accomplish on your own. Here are some ideas for where to start.

Get Rid of Mosquito Pools

Mosquitoes can be more than just annoying: They can carry disease and be particularly dangerous to people who are sick, elderly or pregnant, according to Action Pest Control. Getting rid of mosquito pools can help get rid of these mosquitoes. Fortunately, this is easy to do. Inspect your house and look for pools of standing water both around your property and in less-visible areas, like inside garbage bins. You can use a low-cost suction tool to dispose of the water and remove the conditions that mosquitoes favor.

Clean Your Roof

Cleaning your roof is about more than just appearances: It can help prevent flooding and damage to your roof, gutters and pipes. Depending on the size of your house, cleaning the roof might involve purchasing some equipment, like a medium-sized ladder, garbage bags and scrubbing tools. According to Absolute Steel, metal roofs can usually be washed with just a regular hose or power washer, but in the case of more stubborn stains, mild detergents and solvents usually do the trick. Mildew has a bad tendency to accumulate on roofs, so make sure you are keeping an eye out for this nasty substance. Above all else, be careful. If you are cleaning from the rooftop instead of from the ground, make sure you are properly secured on your roof and that someone is holding a ladder for you. After all, the purpose of DIY projects is to save money, not to get yourself injured.

Inspect Your Washer and Dryer

According to Daniel Appliance, your washing and drying machines can be sources of major water waste. More dangerously, if they aren’t regularly inspected, they can be real fire hazards. To that end, make sure you are regularly looking at both tools’ pipes and attachments for leaks. Replace any parts that aren’t working and tighten what you can. When it comes to the dryer, always remove any lint after you use it, and make sure to inspect all pipes for lint or debris.

Some home-maintenance projects can be easy, and, more importantly, they can give you a chance to spend time with family and neighbors while instilling a sense of pride. Fixing things in your house can also keep you and your family safe. Try some of these easy options and see how it goes. You might be pleasantly surprised by just how rewarding doing home maintenance projects yourself can be.

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