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Home Maintenance Monthly Checklist: August

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August Home Maintenance Checklist

Clean the Refrigerator Coils

WHAT: Your refrigerator coils are what transfer the warm air from inside the fridge, to outside the fridge. If they're clogged with dust and pet hair, your fridge works twice as hard to keep the interior cool, and uses more energy to function properly. Keeping the coils clean keeps the fridge running efficiently, and for as long as possible, saving you money.

WHEN: Once or twice yearly - more often if pets are in the house. 

HOW:  Unplug the fridge.  Locate the coils (most modern units' coils are on the bottom against the floor, so remove the bottom front plate under the doors to see the coils).  Using a long narrow bristle brush (available at hardware stores), and a vacuum cleaner, brush off the coils, and sweep up the debris.

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Clean Bathroom Exhaust Fans

WHAT: Your bathroom exhaust fan works to control humidity in your bathrooms. When the cover and motor are dirty, it becomes less effective, uses more energy to operate (costing you money), and reduces the life of the fan.

WHEN: Every 6 months

HOW:  Turn the power off to the fan.  If the cover is not attached to the ceiling with screws, you can pull it away from the ceiling with your fingers.  These types are usually held close to the ceiling with two tension wires attached to the cover.  As you pull the cover from the ceiling, you will feel the tension.  Once there's enough space between the cover and the ceiling to reach in with two fingers, find the two pairs of wires on each side of the cover, and squeeze them together to allow the cover to pull completely away from the unit.  Then, just rinse off the cover, and vacuum the unit in the ceiling to remove all visible dust and debris.  Replace the cover.

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Clean and Inspect Dryer Vent

WHAT: Even if you clean your lint screen regularly, lint still accumulates in your dryer vent over time.  This causes your dryer to take longer to dry, and can be a fire hazard. Cleaning the vent can help reduce the risk of fire, and keep your dryer operating efficiently.

WHEN: Annually

HOW:  Unplug dryer (turn off gas if it's a gas unit). Pull dryer away from wall. Disconnect vent hose from back of dryer. Clean the dryer vent opening as far in to the unit as you can reach with a vacuum or bristle brush, and also as far in to the vent hose as you can reach. Replace the hose on to the back of the dryer, return the dryer to its resting position, and plug it back in.

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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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