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Home Maintenance Monthly Checklist: November

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November Home Maintenance Checklist

Clean/Shampoo Carpets

WHAT: Preparing for the holidays, and all the gatherings you expect to have in your home can feel like a daunting task. So, starting early can help you relax and enjoy family and friends when they arrive.   Since ground in dirt will reduce the life and beauty of carpeting quickly, clean your carpeting at least once a year. November's party prep is a good time for that annual carpet cleaning.

WHEN: Annually 

HOW:  Call a pro, or follow the steps in this video:    How to Remove Tough Carpet Spills and Deep Clean.  

Clean Kitchen Exhaust Hood

WHAT: Your kitchen exhaust hood's function is to remove odors and grease from your cooking space, and prevent them from entering your home.  If it's no longer performing these functions, the filters may be clogged with grease.  Most vent hoods are equipped with metal filters, which can be cleaned.  If yours has cloth or charcoal filters, they are generally not cleanable, and must just be replaced.  To clean the metal filters, remove and soak them in a degreaser, then rinse.  Some recommendations suggest washing them in the dishwasher. However unless they can be secured, they may get thrown around the interior, and scratch your dishes.

WHEN: Monthly

HOW:  Hoods  can be made from various materials, the most common of which is stainless steel.  When wiping the stainless, be sure to always wipe WITH the stainless' grain, and never use any abrasives.  Use a degreaser sprayed on a rag, and not into the hood's interior where motor parts could be damaged by the spray.  Follow with a simple glass cleaner to polish after cleaning.  The Home Repair Tutor suggests a quick and easy way to tackle this messy job:   Click Here.

Check Fire Extinguishers

WHAT:  With the holidays approaching, more frequent cooking and entertaining, festive candlelight, toasty fireplaces, and New Year's Eve fireworks all contribute to a rise in domestic fires.  You don't want to wait until an emergency to find out your home's fire extinguisher(s) are not working.

WHEN: Annually

HOW:   The friendly folks at Allstate share their tips here:  Click Here.

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. 

Need more Help? We found this article to be most helpful: Click Here.

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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