September’s Monthly Home Maintenance Checklist


 

Happy September everyone! Here is a checklist for you to keep that home in tip-top shape.

1. Flush Water Heater

  • Flush your water heater. This removes sediment from the bottom of your tank, and makes sure the tank lasts longer and heats up your water easier.

2. Change Anode Rod

3. Test T&P Valve

4. Inspect Heat Exchangers

  • Get your furnace inspected to make sure your heat exchangers don’t have cracks.  You can call a professional to inspect it for you, or do it yourself if you have the right tools.

5. COMPLETE FALL MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

 

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Tips to Prevent Mold on Your Home’s Siding

Tips to Prevent Mold on Your Home’s Siding

You might typically associate mold growth with damp, dark interior spaces, but your home’s exterior siding can be susceptible to mold growth, as well. Excessive moisture and humidity can create an attractive environment for mold growth on several kinds of siding, including low-maintenance vinyl. Learn more about what causes mold on vinyl siding and other materials, and discover how you can reduce the risk of a dangerous or costly mold outbreak on your home’s exterior.

Causes of Mold on Siding

Siding is designed to allow rainwater and other types of moisture to run off the exterior walls of your home, but even otherwise durable siding can be susceptible to unsightly and mold growth under certain conditions. Excessive rains or continual contact with water (such as from a lawn sprinkler) can increase the moisture content on and under your siding, thereby elevating your risk of mold. Since some mold types may need humidity to grow, warm and humid weather conditions can also help make circumstances ripe for a mold outbreak on your siding.

How to Choose and Use Smoke Detectors

How to Choose and Use Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors strategically placed around the home can save lives. In fact, according to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), the risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half when working smoke alarms are present. Use these helpful tips from the experts at ServiceMaster Restore® to determine the best type of smoke alarm for your home and the appropriate places to install them to keep your loved ones and your home safe.

Types of smoke detectors

While there are several brands of smoke alarms available, most fall under two categories: ionization and photoelectric. Each one detects different types of fires.

Ionization smoke alarms

These alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Ionization smoke alarms have a small amount of radioactive material between two electrically charged plates, ionizing the air and creating an air current between the plates. If smoke enters, it will disrupt the flow of ions, causing the current to stop and the alarm to activate.

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August’s Monthly Home Maintenance Checklist

Another month is here and that means another monthly home maintenance checklist. Read below to see how to keep your home in tip-top shape this summer.

1. Clean Ceiling Fans

  • If the temperatures are warm, you’ll no doubt be using your ceiling fans. Make sure to clean them using a duster or wet cloth. You can use your manufacturer’s owners’ manual to ensure that you’re maintaining your ceiling fans properly

2. Repair Toilets

  • It’s a good time to take a look at your eater levels in your toilet and check to see if your float is in the right position for a strong flush, as well as the state of the flapper in your toilet. Replace any parts that are falling into disrepair.

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How to Spot a Leak in Your Home

A water leak in your business should never be ignored. Whether from a plumbing leak, an appliance malfunction, or a leaky roof or windows, even a small amount of excess water can lead to significant water damage repair costs. That’s why it’s important to identify leaks and take quick action to correct them. Use the following tips from ServiceMaster Restore® to stop small leaks from becoming a big problem.

How to Spot Signs of a Plumbing or Roof Leak

Water can get into your building in a variety of ways, and two of the main culprits are roof leaks and plumbing leaks. One of the tell-tale signs of a leak in your plumbing system is an unexpected increase in your water bill. If your water bill seems high, inspect your building for the following:

  • Leaking pipe joints or P-traps underneath sinks.
  • Leaks around appliances that use water.
  • Corrosion on supply lines to appliances and fixtures.
  • Stains below supply line connections.
  • Broken toilet tank flappers.
  • Odd smells coming from drains, which may indicate a sewer leak.
  • Warped or discolored flooring.
  • Water stains on the walls and ceilings directly below bathrooms.

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