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TruBlue Shares 12 of the Most Commonly Forgotten Home Maintenance Tasks

From cleaning the gutters to changing the HVAC filters, the professionals at TruBlue know how to prevent potential home disasters before they happen.

By Luca Piacentini1851 Franchise Managing Editor
SPONSOREDUpdated 4:16PM 12/08/23

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, as a homeowner, you could easily overlook essential maintenance tasks that ensure the safety and longevity of your home. TruBlue Home Service Ally, the franchise that provides handyman, home maintenance and senior modification services for busy adults and seniors, sheds light on these often-forgotten chores and offers solutions to ensure they're never missed again.

1. Dryer Vent Cleaning

Neglecting dryer vents can lead to a buildup of lint and debris, posing serious fire hazards, reducing appliance efficiency and deteriorating indoor air quality. A clogged vent can force the dryer to work harder, increasing energy consumption and potentially leading to breakdowns. Moreover, the accumulated particles can circulate throughout your home, affecting respiratory health.

How TruBlue Can Help: TruBlue offers professional dryer vent cleaning services. TruBlue technicians ensure that your dryer operates at peak efficiency, minimizing fire risks and enhancing indoor air quality.

2. Clean Your Gutters

Gutters play a pivotal role in directing rainwater away from your home. Over time, they can become clogged with leaves, debris and dirt, leading to water damage, mold growth and foundation issues. Regular cleaning is essential to prevent these problems.

How TruBlue Can Help: TruBlue offers thorough gutter cleaning services, ensuring that rainwater flows freely and your home remains protected from potential water damage.

3. Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors are a critical safety feature in every home. However, their efficiency diminishes over time, and batteries can run out, making regular checks and replacements vital to ensure they function correctly during emergencies.

How TruBlue Can Help: TruBlue technicians can inspect, test and replace smoke detectors, ensuring they are in optimal working condition and providing you peace of mind. .

4. Change HVAC Filters

Regularly changing HVAC filters ensures that your heating and cooling systems operate efficiently. A clogged filter can reduce airflow, forcing the system to work harder, leading to increased energy consumption and potential breakdowns.

How TruBlue Can Help: TruBlue provides HVAC maintenance services, including filter replacements, ensuring that your system operates at its best, providing comfort and energy efficiency.

5. Replacing Washing Machine Water Lines

Over time, washing machine water lines can wear out, leading to potential leaks and water damage. It's recommended to replace these lines every five years to prevent such issues.

How TruBlue Can Help: TruBlue's skilled professionals can assess the condition of your water lines and replace them with high-quality, durable hoses, ensuring a secure and reliable connection.

6. Efficiency Indoors

Tasks such as cleaning refrigerator coils and replacing furnace filters are crucial for the efficient operation of household appliances. Overlooking these can lead to increased energy consumption and reduced appliance lifespan.

How TruBlue Can Help: TruBlue offers indoor efficiency services, ensuring that all appliances and systems run smoothly. Technicians ensure optimal performance, leading to energy savings and extended appliance life.

7. Safety Measures

Ensuring the safety of the home's occupants is paramount. Regular checks, from inspecting stair railings to testing gas appliances for leaks, can prevent accidents and ensure a secure living environment.

How TruBlue Can Help: TruBlue prioritizes your safety. The team conducts thorough safety inspections and implements necessary measures, ensuring a safe and secure home environment.

8. Outdoor Efficiency 

The exterior of your home is constantly exposed to the elements, making regular maintenance crucial for its longevity and appearance. Tasks such as checking and securing hose bibs, ensuring the proper operation of sprinkler systems, and repairing or replacing damaged window screens not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home but also prevent potential damage and costly repairs. 

How TruBlue Can Help: TruBlue's outdoor efficiency services ensure that every aspect of your home's exterior is in top condition. From hose bib checks to window screen replacements, TruBlue technicians handle every task with precision and care.

9. Damage Control Outdoor

The structural integrity of your home's exterior can be compromised over time due to various factors. Checking the deck and patio for damages, visually inspecting the roof for missing or damaged shingles, looking for settlement cracks, and ensuring proper drainage for downspouts are essential tasks. Additionally, regular inspections can identify holes or other needed repairs in exterior siding, ensuring that your home remains protected from potential external threats. 

How TruBlue Can Help: TruBlue specializes in outdoor damage control. Their technicians  conduct thorough inspections and carry out necessary repairs, ensuring that your home remains safe and structurally sound.

10. Seasonal and Other Outdoor Maintenance

With changing seasons come specific maintenance tasks. Removing patio furniture from storage, un-winterizing hose bibs and ensuring the proper maintenance of garage doors are tasks that, while seasonal, play a crucial role in the upkeep of your home. Regular maintenance ensures that your home is prepared for the challenges of each season and remains in optimal condition year-round. 

How TruBlue Can Help: Whether it's preparing for winter or ensuring that your garage door operates smoothly, TruBlue is equipped to handle every task with expertise.

11. Adjusting Door Threshold

A properly adjusted door threshold ensures that doors close firmly, preventing drafts, loss of energy, and entry of pests. Over time, thresholds can become misaligned due to regular use, temperature fluctuations, or house settling. A misaligned threshold can result in gaps between the door and the floor, making the home less energy-efficient and secure.

How TruBlue Can Help: TruBlue's experts can properly align and adjust door thresholds, ensuring a snug fit when doors are closed, enhancing energy efficiency and home security. Properly adjusted thresholds can also prolong the life of the door by reducing wear and tear, saving homeowners on potentially costly door replacements in the future.

12. Draining Hot Water Heater

Hot water heaters should be drained periodically to remove sediment that accumulates at the bottom of the tank. This sediment can cause the appliance to work harder, reducing efficiency and lifespan. It can also lead to issues like discolored water, reduced water temperatures, or a reduction in the volume of available hot water.

How TruBlue Can Help: TruBlue offers hot water heater maintenance, including draining the tank to remove any sediment and inspecting the appliance for any signs of wear, corrosion or damage. This service ensures that your hot water heater operates at peak efficiency, providing a consistent supply of hot water and extending the appliance's life.

How TruBlue Stands Out

With TruBlue, homeowners can rest easy knowing that these often-forgotten tasks are taken care of by professionals. "Homeowners often underestimate the significance of regular maintenance,” said Sean Fitzgerald, TruBlue president. “With our home assessments and  subscription based services, e, our mission is to save you time, attention and energy by monitoring these tasks for you. We aim to prevent potential disasters before they happen, ensuring the safety and longevity of your home."

For entrepreneurs seeking a foothold in the home services industry, TruBlue presents an unparalleled franchise opportunity. Unlike many other franchises that specialize in a single niche, TruBlue offers a comprehensive suite of services, catering to both the interior and exterior needs of homeowners. This holistic approach not only positions TruBlue as a one-stop solution for customers but also provides franchisees with multiple revenue streams, maximizing profitability.

Furthermore, the growing trend of homeowners prioritizing home upkeep and the increasing value placed on comprehensive service providers make TruBlue an even more attractive proposition. Entrepreneurs partnering with TruBlue are not just investing in a business — they're securing a future in a thriving industry, backed by a brand that stands for trust, quality and unparalleled service.

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