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Home Maintenance Monthly Checklist: March

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March Home Maintenance Checklist

Service and Clean Your Home's A/C 

WHAT: Maintaining your air conditioning system keeps it running smoothly and reliably when you need it most, and helps you save on energy costs.

WHEN: Annually

HOW: Hire a licensed air conditioning technician who will check and calibrate your thermostat, check and tighten electrical connections to help prevent fires, lubricate moving parts, check and clear condensation drain line, verify system controls are operating normally, and clean or replace your air filter(s).

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Flush Hot Water Heater and Remove Sediment

WHAT: Over time, minerals in your water accumulate and settle as sludge at the bottom of your water heater.  Flushing this out prolongs your water heater's life.

WHEN: Every 6 months (more if water contains high mineral content)

HOW: This can be a DIY job, and can also be completed by a plumber.  The DIYer should be careful to ensure the power to the water heater is off before draining the tank so as not to burn out the heating element.  

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Inspect Crawl Space for Signs of Moisture 

WHAT: Crawl space moisture cultivates mold, invites pests, rots your home's foundation, and is a sign of poor insulation that will cost you more in energy costs. Taking steps to minimize moisture in this area that rarely gets attention can save you a lot of money and trouble down the road.

WHEN: Annually

HOW: Open your crawl space door, and with the help of a flash light, inspect the area. If you don't see a full vapor barrier (usually a plastic sheet covering the ground throughout the crawl space), then install one immediately. If you see color changes or spots on any wood, then consult a mold remediation company for an inspection and recommended action.  If you see a white, powdery looking substance on the surface of unsealed concrete (such as concrete block walls or poured concrete walls), this is a sign that moisture has been forming on the concrete surface. These are all conditions that warrant taking steps to reduce your crawl space's moisture levels.

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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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