Homestead Routine Maintenance Plan


Favorite machinery - the air conditioner 

Do you have a routine maintenance plan for your homestead? After we moved onto our homestead, and usually after we encountered a problem, we developed a homestead routine maintenance plan that will hopefully prevent some big headaches! Remember the old adage an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?! It's an important aspect of self-sufficiency.

One of the first things we added to that list was checking the drainage from our air conditioner condensation. Hubby just happened to notice one day that it didn’t seem to be dripping into the bucket outside. We opened our system up inside only to find water flooding out of the drainage pan because the pipes were clogged. UGH. Once we got that resolved, we also resolved to routinely check that a couple of times a year. We also pour a little vinegar down that drainpipe occasionally, if the drainage seems slow. With those simple tasks, we’ve never had it back up again.

broken tree

I have a monthly reminder on my calendar to check our propane tank so that we never get close to running out. While I do check it monthly, we usually only have to fill it up once every 10–12 months.

We’ve gotten in the habit of walking the perimeter fences after any storms. I guess it’s Murphy’s Law of fences and trees, but if a tree or even part of a tree falls, it always falls on the fence. And for us it’s always trees from the neighboring property that fall towards us onto the fence, never from our property the other direction. Regardless, they still have to be cleaned up because now the cows can get through (and coyotes, and feral hogs, etc.). We seem to be the only property owners concerned about is, but that’s a whole other story. Good fences make good neighbors, even when you're the only one that cares about doing the right thing!

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