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Home Maintenance Monthly Checklist: February

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February Home Maintenance Checklist

Check & Repair Caulking Around Showers & Bathtubs

WHAT: Bathroom caulking, while it makes a tub, sink and shower impervious to water for many, many years, it does not last forever. Over time, caulking can wear, crack, discolor and shrink, which may eventually lead to water damage. Prevent mildew, mold and water damage by maintaining bathroom fixtures. Plus, a fresh bead of caulk can make your space look brand new again. 

WHEN: Once a year

HOW: Linked below you will find a step by step guide on how to repair and replace the caulking in your bathroom. The quick overview is to first remove the old caulking and then clean the space prior to putting on fresh caulk. Next, you will apply the new caulk and remove any excess caulking by smoothing the lines. 

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Clean & Vacuum Curtains & Blinds

WHAT: Cleaning curtains is one of those household chores that people put off for years. The process of taking them down, washing, pressing and re-hanging them is a laborious one — which is why many people simply replace them. However, you can keep your curtains and drapes in tip-top condition without taking them down first. As long as you have the correct tools at your disposal, curtain cleaning could be a lot easier than you think.

WHEN: Twice a year 

HOW: Cleaning blinds: Close the blinds so they lie flat along the window. Starting at the top, vacuum the blinds using a brush attachment, or dust them with a feather duster or soft cloth. Close the blinds in the opposite direction and repeat, removing dust from the other side of the blinds. 

Cleaning curtains: Gently vacuum fabric panels using a brush attachment and the lowest suction setting. If the fabric is loosely woven or delicate, hold the brush approximately 1 inch away from the curtain to minimize damage. A hairdryer on the cold setting can also be effective for blowing dust from delicate fabrics, and a simple feather duster or lint roller will work on sheers. 

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Check Under All Sinks for Leaks

WHAT: It's a good idea to routinely peek into the cabinets under your sinks to check for moisture. That way, if there's a leak, you'll catch it early. Now you need to figure out where it's coming from. 

WHEN: Quarterly

HOW: Remove items from underneath your sink to see if any moisture has been collecting from the pipes or drains. If you find that there is moisture, you are off to a good start to finding your leak!  Plenty of sink leaks occur at shutoff valves and supply connections The tubing that connects the sink (the toilet and tub too) to the water supply is called the "supply." For most sinks and tubs, the supply tubes are built into their valves and then fastened directly onto the water supply pipes. Wipe the supply tubing, the connections, and the shutoff valves with tissue or paper towel. If the paper is wet, you've found your leak. Most of the time, repairing the leak is simply a matter of tightening the packing nut or the compression nut on the valve. If you've tightened the nuts on the valve but it's still leaking, you may need to replace the valve. But first, remove the fittings completely and apply some pipe putty to the threads or wrap the threads with sealing tape. If the leak isn't in the valves or supply, the drain might be leaking. Fill the sink with water. Then, as the water drains, inspect every inch of piping connecting the sink to the wall, especially the slip joints (pictured). As previously, use some dry tissue or paper towel to wipe the outside of the pipes. If the paper gets wet, you've found your leak. For a slip joint, it may just be a matter of making sure it's aligned properly and that it's tight enough. If the joint still leaks, take it apart and apply pipe putty to the washer. If the leak is at the basket strainer, tighten the basket strainer to see if that stops the leak. If the basket strainer still leaks, take it apart and apply pipe putty. 

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Reoccurring 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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