So we’ve been in our house for about six years now. It’s fantastic, finally being settled—but there are things to do that we never considered as apartment/city dwellers.
I just found out that carbon monoxide detectors need to be replaced every seven years, which brings to mind a plethora of questions. A lot of things are related to inspections we had to do during the purchase.
[li]Do smoke detectors need to be changed every once in a while?[/li][li]Do fire extinguishers need to be replaced—even if the charge gauge reads fine?[/li][li]Do we need to periodically test our well for anything?[/li][li]Speaking of water, I put in drinking water-safe hoses outside (mmm, delicious, no more vinyl taste!). Do I need to find lead-less couplers for the spigot?[/li][li]With 2.04 people living here, how often do we need to pump our septic system? [/li][li]How do we find our septic tank?![/li][li]What about radon—it passed the initial inspection, do I need to re-inspect? Just gas or gas and water?[/li][li]Repeat the termite test?[/li][/ul]
What else is there? I don’t want to go overboard in unnecessary tests and items, but just because I survived childhood playing Jarts and not wearing a bike helmet means I want the Dudeling to do so. And if I can eliminate, say, lead in his summer drinking water for fifteen bucks, why not?
So what else should be done and how often?
Oh, and thank you Google Calendar for making keeping track of these things easy.