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June Preventative Home Maintenance Tips

Hello-June

 

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Flag Day!

Welcome June!  This month kids are out of school and summer begins. Your home will have a lot more traffic in the upcoming months.   Below are some home maintenance tips to use this month to help your house survive through the summer months ahead.

1)  Remove weeds growing in cracks of patios, sidewalks and driveways.  seal cracks in driveways with appropriate elastic concrete sealer.

2)  Clean, stain/paint and seal decks

3)  Inspect and clean chimneys.  Doing this before fall gives you plenty of time to do repairs if needed after the sweep.

4)  Wash the exterior of your house with garden hose or pressure washer.  Beware of the pressure when you have siding as water can get forced under the siding causing potential for mold and mildew

5)  Caulk exterior joints of windows and doors.

6)  Clean lint from entire clothes dryer system, from dryer to exterior vent cap.

7)  Inspect and repair, or repaint/stain all patio and deck furniture

8)  Clean or replace carpets

9)  Change your furnace filter, especially if you use central A/C

If you need any assistance with the above tips or would like a home consult for any other home project needs, click the “contact” tab on the right and let Screw Loose? LLC take care of the rest.

Thanks for your time, I hope this helps……….

 

 

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May Preventative Home Maintenance Tips

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May is upon us!

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Memorial Day!

 

This Month is full of celebration, so let’s get our homes in shape for every event.  use the following tips to keep your home in the best condition through the rest of spring and into the summer.

1)  If you have not done so all ready, you can turn on your sprinklers (in Colorado).  Check for leaks or broken components due to winter or age.  Fix ASAP to save your water bill for the upcoming months.

2)  Clean gutters.  Inspect gutters to ensure all spikes, straps and clips are tight.  Use a garden hose to flush debris through downspouts.  Make sure water is directed at least 3 feet from the foundation of your home.

3)  Wash windows inside and out.  use a solution made of 3 tablespoons of non-sudsy ammonia to one gallon of water.  don’t clean in direct sun to prevent streaks.

4)  Have central A/C  unit checked and serviced per manufacturers recommendation. Clean all debris away from condenser.

5)  Remove mineral deposits from faucet aerators and shower head by soaking parts in white vinegar and scrubbing with an old toothbrush.

6)  Dust all ceiling fan blades for best performance.

7)  Full house drain flush.  Fill up your tubs and your sinks with hot water and let them drain at the same time.  This will help keep the main line a bit cleaner.

If you need any assistance with repairing any issues you find during your spring home inspection, or would like a home consult, or have any other home project needs, click the “contact” tab on the right and let Screw Loose? LLC take care of the rest.

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Homeowners New Years Resolutions to thier Homes

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Be safe this year, I hope this helps……………….

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Helpful Holiday Video

Disposals are the most repaired items this time of year.  Please see the video below to help avoid issues this holiday season.

 

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If you need assistance with your disposal or any other projects around the house, click the contact button on the right and let Screw Loose? LLC take care of the rest.

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Shower and Tub Maintenance

Shower and tub maintenance consists of cleaning and preventing clogs.  These surfaces are notoriously difficult to clean when neglected for long periods of time.  The buildup is a result of minerals within hard water.  Calcium is the worst culprit.  dirty-stained-bathtub

A water softener can reduce the burden by chemically treating incoming water, but can be an expensive fix.  The best short term solution is to regularly clean the surfaces to avoid heavy build up.

Although this build up is not harmful to your health, it can create problems with flow in shower heads and faucet aerators. Faucet Aerator Calcified Irregular flow from the shower head often indicates partial blockage.  Luckily there is an easy fix through regular maintenance that is discussed below.

Drains are also susceptible to buildup from calcium, soap scum, hair and other debris.  Every homeowner has had to deal with a slow or fully stopped drain.  A strainer that catches debris before it can make it into the drain is a great cheap solution.  Make sure you empty and clean the strainer after every use of the shower so the strainer itself does not become the problem.

How to Check for Hard Water:

Professional water testers use titration to check levels of calcium and magnesium.  Homeowners can check for themselves using the following steps.

1)  Fill a 12 oz plastic bottle half full with water from the faucet.

2)  Add 10 drops of dish soap and shake vigorously

If foam and bubbles form easily, the water is soft and in good shape.  The water is most likely hard if no bubbles appear and the foam is a thin layer at the top of the water

Maintenance and Fixes for the Shower, Tub and Drain:

1)  Consider installing a water softener if your water is “very hard”.

2)  Don’t let water sit in the shower or tub.  As water evaporates it leaves behind mineral deposits.  Purchase a small squeegee to clean water off surfaces after every time you use the shower.

3)  Periodically clean shower heads and faucet aerators with vinegar.  Tie a plastic bag of vinegar over the shower head or faucet and let it soak overnight.  Remove and clean with water.

4)  To clean buildup off surfaces, use a mixture of 1/2 cup vinegar(heated for 1-2 minutes), and 1/2 cup of dish soap.  Mix the 2 together in a spray bottle, gently.  Spray on surfaces and wait 1-2 hours.  Rinse the surfaces off with water and scrub off remaining buildup.

Drain Clog Prevention:

1)  Use a strainer to prevent hair, soap scum and other debris from entering the drain

2)  Dump 2 cups of vinegar down the drain every month to help clean the pipes

3)  Remove the drain cover or strainer and use needle nose pliers to pull out any hair that has accumulated.

If a drain in your home does become clogged, follow these steps (in order);

1)  Check the P-trap and push clog through with coat hanger

2)  Use a plumbing snake to clear the clog.  Dump 2 cups of vinegar down after clearing to clear up remaining debris.

3)  Try homemade drain cleaner.  Dump 1/2 cup of baking soda into drain and follow up with 2 cups uof vinegar.  It works best if you cover opening while mixture fizzles.  Flush mixture through with a half gallon of boiling water.

4)  Buy a commercial drain cleaner

5)  Call a plumber.

If you need any assist with the above tips, or have any other home project needs, click the contact button to the right and let Screw Loose? LLC take care of the rest.

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5 Things To Know Before Renting Out Your Home

If you’ve entertained thoughts about renting out your home, there may be a few questions you’ve already asked yourself, such as, “Is it worth hanging on to this property? How will I feel about strangers moving into my home? Will my tenants be responsible?”

Owning a rental property can require hard work, patience, and planning.  On one hand, there’s the good to consider, like the potential to increase your income and build a steady cash flow. On the other hand, being a landlord may test your ability to deal with the unexpected, like emergency home repairs or unreliable renters.

Before you hand over the keys to your home, here’s what you can do to make the rental process go smoother.

  1. Research your market. Research the market in the neighborhood of your rental home to choose a rent amount that matches the local rental rates while still helping you earn a profit. Consider the number of bedrooms, bathrooms and square footage. You might also take into consideration any new additions to the property and the age of the home. Don’t forget to factor in costs like pest control, lawn maintenance, and occasional home repairs.
  1. Grace your home with curb appeal. Depending on where you live and the time of year, your home may have taken a beating from the sun, wind, rain, or snow.Without costing an arm and a leg, a power washer can work wonders on your home to give it a fresh look. Clean out the flower beds and trim shrubs and low-hanging tree branches. Giving your lawn a fresh trim, your panels a new coat of paint, or your shutters a good cleaning are all good components of curb appeal. The first impression of your home’s curb appeal can mean everything.
  1. Check to see if your prospective tenant is financially responsible.  A credit check can offer insights into your applicant’s payment history and gives you a good idea if they’ll likely be a good or bad credit risk. You may also want to consider hiring a reputable company that can perform a tenant screening check on your potential occupants to find out if they’ve damaged previous rental properties or have a criminal record. You can also ask for referrals of past residences since this information won’t be included in a credit report.
  1. Plan for financial emergencies. Renting comes with its own set of unexpected emergencies. These emergencies can range from tenants suddenly vacating a property to calling you on a Sunday about a potential water heater replacement. These can be tough expenses to bear, and as a landlord, it will behoove you to keep aside funds for such situations.
  1. Get appropriate insurance coverage. When renting your home to someone, there’s always the possibility that they, or one of their guests, might have an accident or damage your property. You could also experience a loss of rental income due to an unforeseen disaster. The proper insurance may cover these things along with legal fees if you end up taking your tenant to court.

Screw Loose? LLC offers full property management services.  If you want to rent your home worry free, click the contact button to your right to find out more about this service.

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Broken Light Bulb Removal

Problem:

1)  Light bulb has broken and can not be removed

2)  Light bulb will not turn and the fear of breaking it is there

Stuck Light Bulb

 

Solution:

1)  Use needle nose pliers and a small paper bag to remove light bulb safely

 

 

Hints and Tips:

1)  Always cut the power at the switch, or unplug lamp before attempting this project.  If the project makes you uncomfortable, call a professional.

2)  If gentle wiggling and twisting does not do the trick, get ready to break it.  do not force the bulb out or it will break before you are prepared.

3)  Cover bulb with your small paper and begin twisting (lefty Loosey) and the bulb will break within the bag.

4) Only twist bulb, don’t grip hard as you risk ripping the bag.

5)  Once broken, take needle nose pliers, stick in socket, spread until they grip the socket wall and twist to the left.  If that does not work, grip the sides of the socket, pry away from fixture socket and twist to the left.

 

If you have an issue like the one described above or need other light related projects, click the “contact ” button to the right and let Screw Loose? LLC do the rest

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Trending This Week At Screw Loose? LLC

1)  Kitchen drain pipe repair

2)  Door frame modifications and door modifications for proper close

3)  Pex piping to new hose spicket installation

4)  Garbage disposal installation

5)  Dog door installation

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6)  light fixture installations

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7)  Sprinkler system activation and assessment

8)  window shade installation

9)  Gate construction

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10)  Fence painting

11)  drop ceiling installation

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1)  Shower door replacement

2)  Outdoor spicket leak repair

3)  Sprinkler line repair and modifications

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4)  Harwood floor patch

5)  Kitchen faucet replacement

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1)  Rental property pre-rental punch lists and lease signing

2)  Drywall repair, with matching texture and paint touch up

3) Radiator valve access panel creation and installation

4) Bathroom sink stopper repair

5)  Water heater installation

6)  Kitchen faucet replacement

If you have any need for the above projects, click the contact button to the right and let screw Loose? LLC take care of the rest.

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