11 Home Maintenance Myths You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner

Owning a home involves work. You know there are home maintenance tasks to keep up on, but are you doing these tasks correctly or as often as you should? We busted 11 home maintenance myths you'll wish you would have known about sooner. You’ll Mow Less if You Cut the Grass Short If mowing isn’t your favorite home maintenance task, you may be tempted to cut the grass short so you don’t have to mow as often. However, The Lawn Institute reports, “Cutting your lawn too short creates an environment for both weed and disease infestation. It also causes the lawn to lose moisture...

You Only Need to Replace Furnace Filters Once a Season

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It Doesn’t Matter What Time of Day You Add Chemicals to your Pool

If one of your home maintenance tasks is taking care of a pool, be sure to add chemicals after the sun goes down. That’s because adding chemicals when the sun is strongest can result in UV rays reducing the effectiveness of certain chemicals, especially chlorine, according to Security First Insurance.

You may think you can save money on furnace filters by replacing them just once a season, but actually your filter should be replaced more often. “If you live in a dry, dusty environment, chances are you’ll need to replace them about once a month. If you live in an area that’s more humid and features lush landscaping, you’ll be able to get away with replacement every three months or so,” according to National Property Inspectors.

Tip: If you can’t see a light shining through your furnace filter, it’s time to replace it.

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If Your Home Contains Asbestos, It Must Be Removed

Many homes contain asbestos because it was widely used in building materials up until it was banned in 1978. However, if you do have asbestos in your home, you may not have to worry about removing it. According to the EPA, asbestos only poses a health risk when the material is friable (crumbled or pulverized) and fibers can be released. “If building materials in your home aren’t damaged and won’t be disturbed, you do not need to have your home tested for asbestos. Material that is in good condition and will not be disturbed (by remodeling, for example) should be left alone,” the EPA says.

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Your Dishwasher Cleans Itself

It may seem like since your dishwasher cleans all your dishes it is self-cleaning, but that isn’t the case. To keep it running well and smelling fresh, you should periodically clean the dishwasher. Remove any debris from the tub and filter to make sure it drains properly. Then, place a couple cups of vinegar in a clean bowl near the center of the bottom rack and run the dishwasher on a normal cycle without detergent. This will help sanitize and deodorize the washer. If your dishwasher still has a funky smell, it might be time to clean out your filter.

Article courtesy of familyhandyman.com

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