Category Archives: Home owner tips

Must Do Maintenance Checklist

1. Monthly test and inspect garage door and opener for proper functionality. This includes any safety features.

2. Yearly vacuum dryer vent hose, if your hose is plastic replace it immediately (fire hazard). Rigid sheet metal duct is optimal.

3. Replace furnace filters quarterly or as recommended by manufacturer.

4. Monthly test all GFCI outlet. Press the test button and use a voltage tester to make sure the device has become de-energized.

5. Seasonally clean leaves and debris from your central air condensing unit.

6. Yearly vacuum the coils under the refrigerator.

7. Have the fireplace chimney inspected and cleaned annually.

8. Annually inspect window and door caulking and weather stripping.

9. Annually replace batteries in smoke detectors. Don’t forget that even hardwired smoke detectors may have a battery back up.

Simple deck fixes

1. Before doing any work to your deck wash away all dirt and wood fibers first. This can be done with a power washer and a mild detergent if necessary, remember when working with the pressure washer to keep the pressure low enough to not gauge the wood.

2. Fix a popped nail by removing it with a cats paw and then reattaching the board with a screw longer than the nail you removed. Care should be taken when using the cats paw to not damage the wood, using a shim between the cats paw and the decking baord can help prevent any damage to the board.

3. Stain and seal your deck to protect it from moisture and the suns UV rays. Using a clear stain will allow you to not change the color of your deck, select a stain that has UV protectant in it. If you wish to add color to your deck then select a semi-transparent exterior stain in either latex or oil base. After you have stained your deck allow it to dry for 48 hours and then apply a sealant.

Watermarks/Stains on your stainless steel sink?

Avoid spending money on fancy cleaning products instead use WD-40. You most likely already have this product sitting around your house so just grab your can spray your sink and wipe away the excess. It will remove watermarks, fingerprints, and other stains from your sink.

Is the grout around your sink stained? If so you can clean it using a bleaching pen or you can avoid this issue all together by darkening the grout with a grout colorant in a gray or dark beige color. Remember though after you color treat your grout you have to seal it to.

Home owner tip – Washing machine hoses

According to State Farm Insurance 170 million dollars a year in damage is attributed to washing machine hose failure. Make sure to check your washing machine connections and replace if they are corroded or the hoses are cracked. The typical washing machine hose only lasts about 5 years so if yours are older than that now would be a good time to replace them. You can get a set for around 20 dollars, try to get the braided stainless steel ones for they will last the longest.

Also remember you should keep a clear distance of about 4″ between your hose connections and back of washing machine, this will prevent any kinks and premature damage to the hoses. And yes this all applies to the “burst-resistant” hoses as well.