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January Preventative Home Maintenance Tips

HAPPY 2018!

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.

If you need assistance with the above preventative home maintenance projects, or have any other new Year home projects, push the contact button to the right and let Screw Loose? LLC take care of the rest.

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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.

 

If you need holiday preparations, or have a current project to get done before visitors arrive, click the “contact” button to the right and let Screw Loose? LLC take care of the rest.

Happy Holidays!  I hope this helps………………..

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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

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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.

 

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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

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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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