Monthly Maintenance Tips

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Although homes are stationary, they have a lot of “moving parts”.  Taking a few minutes to consider maintenance items each month & quarter can save you a lot of money in repairs.  As many find all too often, deferred maintenance is one of the most costly discoveries learned from a home inspection when selling.

An ounce of attention for prevention is worth a ton of cure! 

• Clean your dryer vent – inside and out. Note: If you have a gas dryer make sure the the vent that leads outside is not covered by snow to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
• Wash or replace your shower curtain liner.
• Test all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace batteries if needed.
• Check all downspouts and gutters to make sure they are not blocked or being weighed down by ice or icicles.
• Check to make sure ice is not preventing your garage doors from closing properly.
• Check filter in HVAC system. Change it if needed.
• Check unfinished areas of basement and attic for leaks near foundation and roof.
• Check water softener. Refill salt if necessary.
• Clean shower and sink drains. Take your sinks apart by shutting off the water to the sink, removing the trap (put a bucket underneath!) and pulling out the gunk! Put the sink back together and then disinfect it. Boil two quarts of water. Put a cup of salt, a cup of baking soda, and a cup of vinegar into the drain. After about 30 seconds, pour in the boiling water. Do not use the sink for a few hours after disinfecting. You won’t be able to take the shower apart, but you can disinfect it the same way.
• Disinfect garbage disposal. Also, follow the steps  for disinfecting drains.
• Dust the air/heat vents and returns in each room.
• Clean the oven with a quality overnight spray.
• Disinfect all trashcans. Now, there is also disinfectant-type trash liners available.
• Put WD-40 on cabinets or drawers, and annually do the same for doors and windows.
• Check and clean dehumidifier or humidifier filters.
• Run all water in sinks and showers and flush toilets that are not used frequently.

While you are at it, make sure all flashlights and lanterns have working batteries. And you have a case of water in the cupboard for power outages…

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