Don’t Skip These Home Upkeep Items

 

Your home maintenance checklist could include dozens and dozens of items, and you can easily get overwhelmed thinking about all of these things. You can, however, skip some of the smaller items or delay them. Others you don’t want to skip. So prioritize: What are some of the most important things to get to this spring and summer, if you only have a limited time?

Fix the caulking around your tub or shower. If it is damaged (cracks, peeling edges and discoloration) it can let water seep into hidden places such as behind your tub. Not only can this damage walls or floors, but it can also lead to mold growth.

Dripping faucets mean money right down the drain. Leaks will only get worse with time. It is often a pretty quick fix, like simply replacing a seal. Even if you have to replace the entire faucet, it will last a long time.

Warmer weather means insects! Seal holes where they can get in to your home. Look around the foundation and around wires and pipes. While you’re at it, check for sources of standing water. Keeping water and moisture away from the home keeps bugs away too, since they need it to survive. (Another reason to fix those plumbing issues mentioned above.) Termites in particular cause billions of dollars in property damage each year.

Get your HVAC system inspected and cleaned regularly. Once every 6 months is a good rule of thumb. This is one of the biggest and most expensive parts of your home to repair or replace if it is neglected.

Replace your furnace filters. It’s easy to do once every few months. This is especially important if you have pets and/or allergies and asthma, in which case you should replace it every month.

Seal your windows properly. Exterior caulk often dries out in the summer, which causes gaps and cracks. All of that cool air will leave your home and empty your wallet! All it takes is some caulking and weather stripping.

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Ways to Allergy-Proof Your Home

 

Sneezing, itchy eyes, coughing… it’s that time of year again. Spring allergy season hits allergy-sufferers hard, particularly those who are sensitive to tree pollen. So how can you make your home more allergy-proof?

Blinds and curtains— Dust your blinds, and while you’re at it, consider replacing horizontal blinds, which gather a lot of dust, with washable roller shades. Wash your curtains, and again, consider buying those with easily washable materials if you haven’t already.

Windows— When the weather is nice, you may be tempted to open your windows. This, however, is not such a good idea during pollen season. Keep them closed and rely on your AC. (This should also keep your electric bill lower.) Clean mold and condensation off of windows.

Carpeting— It is best to avoid carpet if you have allergies, but if you have some carpeting, make sure to vacuum once a week with a HEPA filter and shampoo the carpet often as well.

Air filters— Choose a home air filter for your HVAC system that has a HEPA filter. Change it out regularly. Furthermore, get your HVAC unit inspected twice a year. Also, put small air purifiers in your bedrooms and change those filters regularly as well.

Bedding— Wash bedding once a week in hot water. It is also a good idea to put an allergy cover on your mattress.

Pets— You love Fido, of course. If you suffer from allergies, though, it’s best to keep him out of the bedroom. Even if you aren’t allergic to him, he carries in allergens from outdoors. Also, bathe him once every few weeks.

Entryway— Put a doormat out for everyone to wipe their shoes on. Make sure shoes are taken off right away after coming in.

“Green” cleaning supplies— Harsh chemicals are not only potentially harmful to your plumbing, but they can also make allergies worse, so opt for natural cleaners like vinegar and baking soda instead.

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Keeping Your Oven & Stove Clean and Safe 

 

You can almost smell the turkey and stuffing now. Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Before you have everyone cooking up a feast in your kitchen though, think about when you last cleaned your stove and oven and checked things out. This can increase the longevity of your appliances in the long run. If things are looking pretty dirty, you may even want to do these things before the big day.

First, avoid using abrasive materials that could scratch surfaces and oven cleaners with harsh chemicals—especially if you have kids and pets. Instead, loosen the stove gunk with baking soda and water. As for the knobs, you can wash them with water and soap, but don’t use water around the area where they’re attached to the stove. (Water + electrical stuff = bad)

With regard to the oven, unplug before cleaning. You may want to avoid the auto-clean setting if your oven is pretty gross, as this can end up setting off the smoke alarms and making things worse. Remove the racks and coat your oven (not the heating elements) in a paste made of ½ cup of baking soda with a few tablespoons of water. Let it sit for 10+ hours then wipe it out. You can also spray some vinegar on top of the baking soda at this point, to aid in the de-greasing.

What about the oven racks? Put them in a bathtub and cover them with hot water. Add dishwasher detergent and leave them soaking for 4+ hours. Then use a scrub brush on them.

Take a moment to look at the coil burners and replace any that are damaged in any way or have a spot that is redder, which means it will soon burn out.

If you recently bought a new gas oven, it’s a good idea to get someone to replace the gas line. Changing out the oven can cause leaks in the gas line after all of the movement.

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