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Home Maintenance Monthly Checklist: April

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April Home Maintenance Checklist



Clean Gutters

WHAT: Experts recommend cleaning gutters regularly to remove leaves, pine needles and other debris.  Full gutters help water easily find its way inside your home and cause damage that you may or may not be able to see, including rotting out the foundation. 

WHEN: Twice yearly in late spring and early fall. Have pine trees growing above your house? Consider cleaning gutters every 3 months.

HOW:  A leaf blower, shop vac, power washer or your hands can all be used.

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Clear Dead Plants & Shrubs

WHAT: Dead plants and shrubs that are left to decay in your garden can harbor disease and feed damaging fungus. They can also reduce your property's curb appeal and perceived value. Removing them will freshen your landscape, and allow new growth to spring forth.

WHEN: Every spring

HOW: Prune shrubs of dead wood, replace mulch, move leaves and debris from tops and bases of plants and shrubs to help them 'breathe', pull out dead annuals from last season, remove dead stems from perennials.

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Clean Window Wells of Debris 

WHAT: Your basement window wells are designed to provide light,  ventilation and additional ingress/egress options below grade. Maintain their ability to do their job by ensuring the wells are emptied, to clear the path and protect the surfaces from moisture damage. 

WHEN: Annually

HOW: A shovel, rake or your hands can help remove much of the debris, depending on the well design.  But, a shop-vac may make the job the easiest. 

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Recurring Monthly Maintenance 


Test Carbon Monoxide Detectors

WHAT: A carbon monoxide detector or CO detector is a device that detects the presence of the carbon monoxide gas to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. 

WHEN: Monthly

HOW: To test a carbon monoxide detector, hold down the “test” button until you hear two beeps sound off. Once you hear these beeps, release your finger off of the test button. Recreate this event, but this time hold down the test button until you hear four beeps. If the four beeps are heard, you know that a signal was sent to your monitoring station. After 10-15 minutes the CO alarm will return from test mode back to its original setting. If for some reason the device doesn’t return to its original setting, you’ll need to perform a power cycle. 

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Test Smoke Detectors

WHAT: A smoke detector is a device that senses smoke, typically as an indicator of fire. 

WHEN: Monthly

HOW: This style of testing occurs when an operator simply clicks on the test button that is present on a smoke detecting device. Pressing this button alone will conduct a test. Once the button is pressed, a few seconds will pass before the test starts, but you’ll know the test in process whenever you begin to hear a loud, piercing siren that comes via the smoke detector. 

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Clean Garbage Disposal

WHAT: A garbage disposal unit is a device, usually electrically powered, installed under a kitchen sink between the sink's drain and the trap. The disposal unit shreds food waste into pieces small enough—generally less than 2 mm —to pass through plumbing. 

WHEN: Monthly

HOW: Kosher salt is an effective abrasive cleaner that can adequately dislodge slimy residue. First, pour a large cup of ice cubes into the garbage disposal, switch it on while adding a half-cup of the salt. The ice and salt combination should grind away what remains of the odor-causing residue. This is yet another quick fix to a dirty drain using simple items that you already have in your freezer and pantry. For FULL instructions please check out this article HERE.

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Run Water & Flush Toilets in Unused Spaces

WHAT: Run water and flush toilets. This helps prevent the buildup of grime. You will also refill the trap which blocks sewer gas from entering the home.  

WHEN: Monthly

HOW: Run the water through unused faucets and shower/baths for 2 minutes. Also flush all unused toilets.

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