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.

DIY Tip of the day – Moldy bathtub/shower caulk

Using a 5-in-1 tool and a plastic razor to cut, scrape, and remove all of the existing caulking. You want to remove every last piece so you can get a good seal with the new material and prevent moisture from getting back there. If you do not make a good seal mold can and most likely will form again. Once the joint is cleaned of prior caulking apply new acrylic latex caulk containing mildewcides.

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.