Spring has sprung, even if we haven’t yet!

Home Maintenance Tips

With the wet & snowy winter we have had we really need to take time this spring to check out our home for potential issues.  Here are some great DIY Home Maintenance Tips: Exterior Walls & Windows:

  • As winter weather melts away, you may notice a build-up of dirt, mold, and other stains to the exterior of your home; be sure to power wash this sediment away to avoid corrosion and other permanent damage.
  • Spring is the perfect time to reapply any exterior caulking around windows and weather-stripping to doors, as these openings tend to be the biggest air conditioning guzzlers.

Roof & Gutters:

  • Cleaning your gutters after winter is crucial. Clogs caused by built up sediment can prevent proper drainage, forcing heavy rains back on your home and leaving you at risk for flooding.
  • As you clean the gutters, be sure to check for leaks in the roof. Replace or repair any broken or missing shingles; storms and floods will find their way through these cracks and cause major water damage to your home.
  • Chances are that during this cold winter, your fireplace was put to good use. As part of roof maintenance, get a chimney sweep or inspection. The buildup of residue called creosote, which is highly flammable, can cause a house fire when you least expect it.

A/C System:

  • First, give your cooling system a test run to make sure it works. Do not wait until the warm weather arrives to discover your A/C is out of commission.
  • Examine the hose connections for leaks. It is best to check this early on in the case that there is a leak, so you can have a professional come fix the problem before warm weather hits.

Don’t have the time or you are unsure how to complete an update/repair? Call ANDY ONCALL!

ANDY’s Helpful Tips!

With Spring, comes SPRING cleaning.  Below are a few everyday items that can do the trick.

  • Garbage Disposal: Ice or baking soda and vinegar do a great job of scouring away any gunky buildup.
  • Oven: If there is a spill in the oven, pour salt on the spill to soak it up. When the oven is cool, wipe with a damp sponge.
  • Stainless-Steel Surfaces & Sinks: Buff a scuffed stainless-steel sink with club soda, then wipe dry with another clean cloth.
  • Drains: Clean drains—and the pipes they are attached to—by pouring vinegar down them. After 30 minutes, flush with cold water.
  • Shower Doors, Curtains, & Showerheads: Wipe scum-covered glass doors or shower curtains with a few drops of lemon oil twice a month. It will protect them from grime buildup. To combat mineral deposits on showerheads, pour vinegar into a plastic grocery bag and knot the handles over the neck of the showerhead, securing with rubber bands. Let soak overnight. Rinse with water in the morning.
  • Linoleum or Tile Floors: Add 1/4 cup vinegar to a bucket of warm water to clean almost any type of floor except marble or wood.
  • Carpets and Rugs: Clean grease spills on carpets by pouring cornstarch onto spots and let sit for 15 to 30 minutes before vacuuming.

Energy Efficiency

This season offers us a great opportunity to see how and where we can make our lives a little more energy efficient. Try these tips for an energy smart season!

  • Regularly check toilets, pipes and faucets for leaks and repair them immediately. One small leak can waste thousands of liters of water per year and cost a bundle.
  • Replace toilets if over 10 years old. New efficient toilets reduce the amount of water used to flush from 80% to 50%.
  • Turn off the oven a few minutes before food is ready and let its heat finish the job.
  • Clean out your refrigerator, including the seals around the door.
  • Clean the filter at the bottom of the dishwasher to keep it running efficiently.
  • Clean the lint filter after every dryer load and clean the exhaust duct every year to increase efficiency and reduce energy consumption.
  • Turn off unused electrical equipment, including your computer, monitor and printer, at the end of the day.
  • Use indoor appliance timers to turn lamps on and off. This saves electricity while giving your home a “lived-in” look while you are out.
  • An outside motion detector is more cost effective and energy efficient than leaving on two 75-watt incandescent floodlights for overnight security that will cost you about $2.50 a month.

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