Great Home Maintenance Strategies to Keep Your Life Running Smooth
Great home maintenance strategies start with your bathtub and shower. For sure, due to daily use, water and steam exposure, can make bathtubs and showers vulnerable to mold. Therefore, be sure to keep your bathrooms well ventilated. Particularly, after a shower. Likewise, inspect tub and shower caulking for mold stains. As a matter of fact, caulking around tubs, showers and plumbing fixtures has a 2-3 year lifetime, if well maintained. For instance, if you need to do a repair, remove sealant and residue completely and wipe with alcohol. Also, be sure there is no water or oil film on the surface prior to sealing. Next, spread the caulk in an even and continuous bead and let dry per manufacturer instructions.
By the way, did you know, ceiling fans cool people, not rooms? If the room is empty, turn off the fan to save energy. Similarly, it is a good idea to gently vacuum or dust ceiling fan blades every few months. In addition, this is a good time to rebalance if necessary. Typically, balancing kits can be sent by the manufacturer at no charge. Of course, changing the direction of the fan blades during winter and summer months will help energy efficiency to heating and cooling.
Pro tip: In the winter reverse the motor and operate the fan at a low speed in the clockwise direction to push warm air down from the ceiling. Likewise, in summer, change to the blades to move counter clockwise to create a cool breeze.
Always make sure all interior and exterior doors are operating correctly. For instance, look for damaged weather stripping and squeaky hinges. In light of this, to fix a squeaky door, spray the hinges with a silicone spray lubricant. In fact, another thing you can do is remove hinge pins one at a time and lubricate with petroleum jelly. Just be sure to wipe away the excess.
Pro tip: Weather- stripping around exterior door frames and at the bottom of the door is necessary when controlling the interior temperature. So, if it becomes worn out, replace it quickly to avoid an increase in energy costs as well as dust and pests.
Drains and Garbage Disposal
Do not put grease, oil, fat, sand, paint, bones, fruit pits, coffee grounds in your garbage disposal. As well as, potato peels, celery, pasta and rice down the kitchen disposal. Did you know, an easy way to unclog a drain is with half a cup of baking soda into the sink and a cup of vinegar? Then, you cover the drain for 15 minutes while the clog clears. Thus, uncover the drain and follow up with 4 cups of boiling water.
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