Home Maintenance Quiz

It’s the weekend and you have a whole list of household chores to do. Oh, we know you’d rather be golfing or playing tennis or watching TV, but keeping your home in good shape is important. 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.

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  1. At least every three months during the heating season.
  2. The washer.
  3. Cold water.
  4. Every three months.
  5. A plunger and a plumber’s snake.
  6. Coil spring-steel auger.
  7. Aerator—the screen inside the end of the faucet.
  8. Cat litter or sand—never use salt because it damages the pavement.
  9. On the andirons or grate, never on the fireplace floor.
  10. Throw in a handful of salt.
  11. Outside, away from your house and not directly on the ground.
  12. Concrete sealer.
  13. 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.
  14. When the floors have a polyurethane finish.
  15. Hardwood floors that do not have a polyurethane finish probably will need to be waxed periodically. Use liquid or paste “spirit” wax.
  16. Water emulsion wax.
  17. In new homes because gallons of water went into the concrete of basement walls.
  18. The condition that causes noisy pipes may be accompanied by vibration that can cause fittings to loosen and leak.
  19. Frozen pipes should be thawed slowly to prevent the formation of steam, which could cause the pipe to burst.
  20. A qualified roofer should inspect your roof every three years.
  21. The alarms and circuit breakers should be checked to make sure they are in working order and the sensors should be inspected one by one.
  22. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  23. Spackling.
  24. Efflorescence sometimes appears on masonry walls. It is crystallized soluble salts that can be removed by scrubbing with water and a stiff brush.
  25. 120 degrees Fahrenheit
  26. Skylights should be inspected each time your roof is inspected so leaks don’t develop from cracks and interruptions around its seals, caulking and flashings.
  27. 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 towls.
  28. Rub the channel with a piece of paraffin.
  29. Determine if wood-sided homes need to be repainted; check to see if the caulking around the windows and doors has split and cracked, and replace the caulk; clean the mildew; trim shrubbery away so it does not touch the siding.