2010 Frugal Living Guide
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6 ways to save money on home maintenance

Preventive maintenance is a money saver
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Many times, routine maintenance can extend the life of your home's major components and prevent expensive and time-consuming repairs in the future.

Something as simple as sweeping debris off your roof once a year can help prevent moisture from building up. Moisture can break down your roofing material and cause an expensive leak, says Blashaw.

Blashaw recommends these other cheap and easy preventive measures:

  • Covering pipes with inexpensive insulation to prevent freezing in winter.
  • Clearing vegetation from around your air conditioner to prolong the life of the unit.
  • Checking vents in the attic for cracks and rips and patching them with foil tape to improve the efficiency of your HVAC system and take the load off of your air handler.
  • Draining your water heater once a year to prevent buildup of sediment on the heating coil.
  • Checking for loose roof shingles and securing them with roof cement.




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