Monthly Maintenance Tips: September
With fall just around the corner, and winter looming, there are some home maintenance areas that shouldn’t be overlooked. If you haven’t done so already:
* Inspect caulking, weather stripping and exterior trim. Make repairs as necessary.
* Clean all windows, window sills, tracks and screens. Check to make sure they open and close properly, and that they’re sealed to help prevent cold air from entering.
* Go through storage and organize, label, and move temperature sensitive materials to warmer areas. If the weather hasn’t cooled enough, wait a bit longer. READ MORE >>>
Monthly Maintenance Tips: August
Summer is in full swing, and although it might be tempting to stay indoors to avoid the heat, there are some things you’ll want to check for around the outside of the house.
* Check all exterior lighting fixtures & lenses. If your fixtures are dull you might consider a fresh coat of paint. If they’re broken, now is a great time to replace them. READ MORE >>>
Monthly Maintenance Tips: July
Summer is heating up, and the Fourth of July is just a few days away. If you’re planning on lighting off fireworks this year, it’s a good idea to make sure your roof and gutters are clear of debris. One errant Roman candle or misguided bottle rocket could spark a fire and light up more than the night sky; it could light up your roof, and possibly your neighbor’s roof, too. READ MORE >>>
Maintenance 101: Septic Care
A typical household septic system should be inspected every 3 years and pumped every 3 to 5 years. Septic systems with electrical float switches, pumps, or mechanical components should be inspected once per year. READ MORE >>>
Monthly Maintenance Tips: June
We’re heading into the summer and if you haven’t serviced your air conditioner, now’s a great time to get that done. Along with your AC, here’s a short list of other things to look for that will help to keep your home running smoothly and in tip-top shape. READ MORE >>>
Monthly Maintenance Tips: May
It’s May and you might be planning barbeques or other get-togethers with family and friends this summer, but before you send out the invites, there are a few things to check around the house.
* Check carpets for stains, popping seams, rumples, and general damage. Call a carpet cleaning specialist to clean carpets and remove stains. READ MORE >>>
Enhancing Your Curb Appeal
It’s getting to be that time of year again! Warmer weather is on the horizon and the change in temperatures can cause an upswing in the real estate market. Although houses are selling year around, the spring and summer months are especially desirable times to put your home on the market.
Sometimes a little curb appeal might be all you need to spruce up the appearance of your home. Other times, you’ll need to consider making larger improvements before putting your home on the market. Home inspectors will look at everything from the crawlspace to the roof of your home and they’re very good at spotting areas in need of repair. READ MORE >>>
Monthly Maintenance Tips: April
Spring is here and now is the perfect time to get outside and begin your Spring Clean-Up and maintenance, if you haven’t already.
Below is a list of a few things to help get you off to a good start.
* If you didn’t change your smoke and CO detector batteries at Daylight Savings Time, you have another chance to do it now.
* Get outside and inspect your siding, soffits, fascia and masonry for cracks, leaks, and rot. Repair as necessary.
* Inspect your gutters and empty out if necessary. READ MORE >>>
Monthly Maintenance Tips: March
Running monthly maintenance checks on your home or office can save you both time and money. It’s important to make repairs as soon as possible, as damage that is not repaired quickly can lead to very costly repairs in the future.
* Flush hot water heater and re-fill or call a local plumbing company for help.
* Change intake and return air filters.
* Start up sprinkler system and check operation. READ MORE >>>
Maintaining Your Dishwasher
Dishwashers perform a vital task and maintaining them properly is very important. To maximize efficiency, the temperature of the water coming into the dishwasher should be between 120F and 150F; if your water tempertaure isn’t hot enough, your dishwasher will run longer–wasting valuable energy.
If your dishwasher doesn’t seem to be performing well, it could be time to replace it, or it could just need a good cleaning. Start by wiping the gasket around the door to remove any soap scum or debris. If the gasket is worn or cracked it’s time to replace it. Refer to the owner’s manual for information on replacement parts. READ MORE & WATCH VIDEO >>>
Monthly Maintenance Tips: February
We’ve made it safely through the holidays and into the New Year, but holiday guests and winter storms may have taken a toll on parts of your home and property. As we inch closer to spring we’ll take a look at a few areas that may need some extra attention.
* Check your driveway for potholes and repair if possible. If it’s still too cold out, make a note to repair as the weather warms up.
* Inspect all lighting fixtures and trim kits, replace as necessary or call a licensed electrician for help.
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How to Maintain your Bathtub and Shower
Cleaning your tub and shower on a regular basis is important because mold and mildew like to grow on organic matter. In other words; dirt, dead skin cells, body hair and mineral deposits provide a perfect breeding ground for bacteria build-up. Gross? Yes–but usually avoidable by following a few basic maintenance tips.
Soap scum, mold, and mildew can form on just about any surface of your tub or shower, including your shower curtain (or doors), your fixtures and even your shower curtain rod. Wiping down the shower with a dry towel after each use will help to minimize the amount of organic matter on the surfaces, but weekly cleanings should still be performed. READ MORE >>>
Monthly Maintenance Tips: January
January can be one of the coldest, wettest, and stormiest months of the year in the Northwest. This month, we’ll show you a few things to look for now, that may help to avoid more serious issues later.
* Check your roof for ice damming. Ice dams occur as snow on the upper part of the roof melts. Water runs down the roof deck under the layers of snow and refreezes into a ridge of ice at the roof’s edge creating a “dam”. Additional snow melts and pools against the dam, pushing water back up under your shingles and underlayment. If you notice ice dams forming, call a qualified professional for help. Depending on where you live, this could be a licensed contractor or an ice dam removal company.
* Check for damage or discoloration on the ceiling. If you notice anything, get it checked right away. Roofs that are left to leak can cause extensive damage. READ MORE >>>
Monthly Maintenance Tips: December
In November we talked about preparing your home for Thanksgiving, and many of those same tips can be applied in December as well, but during the month of December there are special things to consider; things you might not be thinking about in the midst of twinkling lights, and automated lawn decorations.
* Check electrical cords and plugs on lights and appliances for damage or overload. If you’re unsure of your electrical load, contact a licensed electrician for help.
* Test all outlets and GFCI for proper installation, grounding, functionality, and safety. Non-functioning outlets should be repaired by a licensed electrician. READ MORE >>>
Monthly Maintenance Tips: November
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and for many people that means holiday guests. Below are a few tips that might help you to enjoy a more ‘stress-free’ holiday.
* If you haven’t done so already, change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
* Inspect the driveway, roof, and gutter downspouts for proper water run-off. Water should be diverted away from your home’s foundation and all walking paths. If water is draining towards your foundation, or you notice standing water in your walkways, call in a qualified professional for help. READ MORE >>>
Monthly Maintenance Tips: October
Fall is upon us and the long, lazy days of summer have since passed. The temperatures have dropped dramatically in the Pacific NW which means it’s time to prepare for the coming winter. Below are some tips to get you started:
* Drain outdoor faucets and winterize sprinkler system if applicable.
* Wrap up hoses and cover faucets to protect from freezing. READ MORE >>>
Oh no! The gutters are full!
Posted by Jayna – August 16, 2016
Gutters play a very important role in the protection of your home; however, cleaning them is an often overlooked task and one that might not be very high up on your list of things to do.
A typical residential gutter system is made up of an open trough that collects the water running down from your roof and directs it into a downspout and out to the ground below. In the winter when leaves, pine needles, and other debris builds up inside, it can cause clogging in your downspouts and overflows in your troughs. READ MORE >>>
Caution – Falling Debris
Posted by Jayna – July 19, 2016
Did you know that an accumulation of debris on your roof can cause serious damage? Damage that might void your shingle manufacturer’s warranty and in some cases, could even lead to the cancellation of your homeowner’s insurance policy.
Large trees with overhanging branches are the leading cause of debris build-up on roofs. Leaves, pine needles and even branches can fall onto the roof deck, trapping water and stopping it from flowing into the gutters. This excess water can cause ice damming, but it also permits the growth of moss, and leads to the premature deterioration of your roof covering. If those branches break off during high winds, they can also puncture your roof deck causing extensive damage. READ MORE >>>