Winter Maintenance Reminders

Home maintenance can be a real chore for anyone, but there is no avoiding the fact; what you don’t maintain now, can drain your wallet later. During the winter months especially, there are numerous items in your home that need to be maintained. Below is a list of the most common winter maintenance items which should be checked each season. Clean out gutters and downspouts Change furnace filters Insulate pipes in your home’s crawl space and attic Caulk and weather-strip around windows and doors Reverse your ceiling fans so that they are rotating in a clockwise direction once you have turned on your heat Check the water hoses on the clothes washer, refrigerator icemaker, and dishwasher for cracks and bubbles Clean kitchen exhaust hoods and filters Check the attic for adequate ventilation Check your roof for damaged, loose, or missing shingles; as well as, breaks in the flashing seals around vent stacks and chimneys Have your fireplace professionally cleaned, check your chimney for loose or missing mortar, and make sure your damper closes tightly Winterize outside sprinklers, hoses and faucets Have your lawn-irrigation system professionally drained Store firewood at least 30 feet away from your home Check outdoor lighting fixtures, replace bulbs Install storm doors and windows Maintain your heating unit/furnace and seal your ducts Make sure all electrical holiday decorations have tight connections These are just a few of the items that most homeowners should maintain during the winter months. If you need assistance or just don’t have the time to get the job done, contact ANDY ONCALL®! Andy’s Helpful Tips! Uses for everyday home items: Coffee Filter Clean windows and mirrors using a filter including your car windows. Coffee Grounds “Fridge freshener”: Put dry grounds into an old margarine tub with holes poked in the lid. Place the tub in the refrigerator to absorb odors. Odor-eliminator: Keep grounds in a can near the sink. Rub a small amount over your hands after peeling onions, chopping garlic or handling fish to get rid of the odor. Powdered Lemon or Orange Drink Try using it as a dishwasher stain remover: To remove rust from the inside walls, pour 1/4 cup powdered lemon or orange drink (which contains citric acid or citric acid crystals) into the detergent cup and then run a regular cycle. Repeat as necessary. Toothpaste (regular white paste) Clean chrome: Shine sink fixtures (rub over faucets with...

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