January Preventative Home Maintenance Tips

 

HAPPY 2019!

I hope that The New Year has started out on the right foot.  Here are a few home maintenance tips that will help your home meet its New Years resolutions.

1)  Empty a gallon of water out of your water heater to remove sediment from the bottom.  A qualified service technician should evaluate your water heater every 5 years.

2)  Organize your home improvement files.  Review warranties and product manuals to ensure that you are providing the recommended maintenance for those items.  Get your calendar organized to track needed maintenance times.

3)  Full house drain flush.  fill up your sinks and tubs with hot water and let them all drain at the same time.  This helps keep the main line a bit cleaner.

4)  Make room by room inventory of everything in your home that you use.  In the event of fire, flood, or other disaster, this is important for filing an insurance claim.

5)  Don’t close vents to crawl space.  since we live in an area where pipes can freeze, insulate pipes and under the floor.  vents play an important role in controlling condensation beneath a house.

6)  Double-check insulation around exterior pipes that are exposed to freezing weather to be certain that water cannot seep under the insulation.

7)  Prevent frozen pipes by opening your cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate near your pipes.  This is a must if your pipes are running along and exterior wall and you are unsure of the amount of insulation you have.

8)  Inspect all cabinet, and furniture for loose hardware, noisy, or sticky hinges.

9)  Check all interior and exterior doors for loose, sticky, or noisy hardware, lubricate as needed, tighten all knobs and locks.

10)  Check your Garbage disposal for leaks and function.  The holidays can be very abusive on this appliance.

Did You know?:  January is the deadliest month for CO poisoning.  Defend against this by 1)not using portable generators within the home, 2) have gas water heaters and other fuel burning appliances checked professionally 1X/year, and 3) install CO detector outside each sleeping area, within 15 feet of the entry.

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December Preventative Home Maintenance Tips

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December is here!

The holidays are in full swing and people are beginning preparations to their homes for the next round of visitors.  Below are some hints and tips to get you and your home through another month of the holiday season.

1)  Check/Replace disposable furnace filters monthly during the heating season, or clean reusable filters bimonthly.  have a professional tune up your furnace annually and get your ducts cleaned every 5-6 years.  This will reduce heating costs and have you breathing cleaner air.

2)  Check the operation of all “ground- fault circuit interrupter” outlets throughout house.  Do this by pushing “test” button.  The “reset” button should pop out, indicating proper function.  Push “reset” button back in.  You will find these outlets near any source of water, including outdoors.

3)  Review the family fire escape plan with every household member

4)  Unpack and test all electrical holiday decorations.  Repair or discard those that are not functioning properly.

5)  Watch for sales on tools before and after the holidays.

 

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November Preventative Home Maintenance Tips

Welcome November!

I hope everyone has gotten over the sugar high from Halloween and are going to see the dentist.  Now is the month when we start to prepare our home for family, who are coming to join us to celebrate Thanksgiving.  It is also a month when we can start being proactive on the inside of our homes as the yard work is wrapping up for the next few months.  Use the extra hour you gained this month to ensure your house is running efficiently through the following steps.

1)  Clean lint from entire clothes dryer vent system, from exterior vent cap.  Have your dryer exhaust ducts inspected annually, especially for longer exhaust runs.

2)  Set your clocks back November 4th at 2 AM.

3)  Inspect automatic garage door opener and lubricate according to manufacturers directions. Make sure all screws are tightened and secured.

4)  Check for leaks around washing machine.  Inspect supply hoses as they will have the highest incidence of leaking.

5)  Clean dishwasher, trash compactor and counter top appliances.

6)  Change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, or change over to the 10 year battery free detectors.

 

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October Proactive Home Maintenance Tips

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Hello October!

This is the month of monsters, ghosts and probably a bunch of kids running around with sugar frenzy.  Don’t let your home become spooked in October, using the following tips to prevent bigger issues from arising around your home this month and months to follow.

 

1) Clean out roof gutters and down spouts.  This might be done toward the end of the month after all the leaves have fallen. Ensure downspouts and extensions are taking water away from the foundation.

2) Detach all hoses in case of freezing temperatures

3) Remove all paints, caulks and liquid materials from garages and garden sheds, unless they are heated.

4)  Inspect weather stripping around windows and doors, repair and replace as necessary

5)  Check thermostats and set to winter schedule, good time to change the batteries, if applicable

6)  Check gauges on home fire extinguishers, ensuring full charge, replace if necessary.

7)  Blow out sprinkler systems ( this can wait till late in the month , unless the cold is settling in).  better to be safe than sorry………..

 

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September Preventative Home Maintenance Tips

Hello September!

 

If you live in Colorado, you know winter could be rapidly approaching, or not….Fall could last a month, or summer could push fall right into winter.  Your home should not pay for these inconsistent patterns.   The following are this months priorities.

Change your furnace filter,   This should be done at least every 3 months.

 

Below are some other proactive home maintenance tips that should be done during the month of September.

 

1)  Prune shrubs and trees, especially if they are intruding on your homes roof and exterior walls.  This is especially crucial if those early snow storms roll in before the leaves have fallen from the trees.

2)  Paint those interior rooms you have been putting off because of the heat.  do it now before it is too cold to leave the windows open.

3) Check heating systems including filters, pilot lights and burners, having system serviced and reviewed by a qualified professional.

4)  Remove window air conditioners and if they are not removable, cover them with plastic or cover for winter protection.

5)  Check for proper soil grading away from your house.  This will ensure no water seeps through foundation cracks.

6)  Look for end of season sales on yard and lawn equipment.  There is a lot more yard work to do before the heart of winter.

7)  If you have them, start assessing your storm windows and repair as needed.

 

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August Preventive Home Maintenance Tips

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August already!?

Here are a few things to do this month to keep your house running smoothly as the summer months wind down.  Beat the heat by doing some interior projects and maintenance to your home.

1)  Inspect your deck, both surface and underneath.  Clean all debris from surface with a hose, or blower as they can cause decay and mildew.

2)  Clean the condenser coils on the back or under your refrigerator.

3)  Check faucets for leaks and replace washers or repair the faucet as necessary.

4)  Clean under range hood.  remove and replace range hood filters

5)  Fix “water hammer”  noises in plumbing system by draining the system.  Open uppermost faucet(farthest from meter) and lowest faucet(closest to meter), allowing water to flow to the lower sink, restoring air to air chambers.  close lowest faucet and refill system.

6)  Plan interior remodeling projects and get estimates.

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July Preventative Home Maintenance Tips

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Hello July!

Happy 4th of July!

 

As we head into the “dog days” of summer, sometimes the heat, intense sun and severe weather can damage our properties as much as the winter months.  Here are some tips to help your house make it through the heat of the summer.

1)  Check all exterior walls for peeling or cracked paint.  Typically, paint on South and west facing wall deteriorate faster and requires more frequent maintenance.

2)  Inspect brick or masonry for cracks or missing mortar, repair with fresh mortar, or concrete caulk.

3)  Inspect roofing material for cracks and loose or missing shingles, repairing as necessary.  check for leak evidence if you are able to access attic and view roof from underneath.

4)  Inspect the operation of automatic light timers and motion detector systems, especially if you are going to be on a vacation.

5)  Prune trees and shrubs away from house so they do not make contact with roof or siding.

6)  Clean and repair cracks in driveways using an epoxy patching material.  use asphalt patch in driveways and repeat this every other year.

 

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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

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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.

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April Preventative Home Maintenance Tips

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Welcome April!!!!!!

Time to come out of the house and imagine what you can build or grow in your yard.  Time to enjoy the increasing temperatures, and take the covers off of outdoor furniture and those grills.  This is also a great time to examine the exterior of your home and your property to see what damage winter and time may have done.  Use the tips below to get your home on the right foot this month so it can have a prosperous spring and summer season.

1)Inspect your homes exterior, checking for cracking paint/stucco, caulk gaps around windows and doors, foundation cracking and that vent covers are secure and not damaged or off.

2)Inspect all screens on windows and doors for tearing or bending.  Also inspect attic venting for any damage.

3)  Clean window screens. Ensure you pull screens off and place them on a flat surface before doing this.

4)  Inspect all outdoor structures such as decks, porches, patios and gazebos.  use a small Awl to probe wood for soft spots.  Also check window sills.  Make note of your findings to replace when weather is improved.

5)  Prepare for grilling season by inspecting gas grills.  Clean grill plates with brass bristled brush and soapy water.  Remove accumulated grease from lava rocks or burners.

6)  Inspect garden hoses for leaks, replace washers and temporarily repair any found leaks.  Don’t keep hose connected to spigots until the fear of frost is over.

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