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Home Maintenance Monthly Checklist: June

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June Home Maintenance Checklist

Lubricate Garage Door Opening System

WHAT: Maintaining your garage door opener will keep it functioning smoothly and more quietly longer.

WHEN: 2-4 times yearly

HOW:  First, gather lubricant, safety goggles, safety gloves.  Disconnect garage door from opener by pulling cord from top of unit.  Spray lubricant on all metal moving parts. Do not spray track, as it will make it more prone to collecting debris.  Open and close door 2-3 times to distribute lubricant, being careful not to open/close too quickly or often for risk of burning out opener motor.

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Pump and Inspect Septic Tank

WHAT: Hire a pro to pump and inspect your septic tank to remove built-up solid materials, and ensure the tank and field lines are in good working order.  This will help mitigate risk of tank failure, which could be highly inconvenient.

WHEN: Every 3-5 years

HOW:  Call a pro!

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Clean Garage 

WHAT: A garage can be a very useful space, whether it's used for storing autos, bikes, your jet ski collection, or just extra belongings that have no other place to live.  However, if it's not clean and organized, its usefulness will suffer.  Maximize this valuable square footage of your home by tending to its maintenance, and you can ultimately save money on storage, car maintenance or even spending money on things you already own, but just can't find.

WHEN: Annually

HOW:  Ask yourself how to make the most of this valuable square footage of your home.  This will inform your next steps.  Will you park autos there, use it as play space for kids, or just use it for storage?  Start cleaning the space by emptying a section at a time, pulling everything out to the driveway.  Sort items into "keep", "sell", "toss" and "donate" piles, based on your goal you set for how you decided to use the space.  Clean floors and walls as needed.  Once you've identified the "keep" items, plan for, and install storage systems to help you use the items, and keep them organized for years to come.  

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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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