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Home Maintenance Monthly Checklist: October

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October Home Maintenance Checklist

Turn Off, Drain and Blow Out Sprinkler System

WHAT: Before overnight temps dip below freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit), draining your sprinkler system will help prevent the water that remains in them from freezing, expanding, and bursting the system pipes.  This process is also known as 'winterizing' your system.  Start by turning off the system, draining it, and blowing out the lines.  You can do it yourself, or hire a pro.

WHEN: Annually 

HOW:  Call a pro, or follow the steps in this video:    Draining Sprinkler System.  

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Check Pipes for Needed Insulation

WHAT: Just as your sprinkler system pipes can freeze and break, so can your household water pipes. However, you cannot reasonably drain your household pipes, and still retain full use of them throughout the winter.  But, the last thing you want to happen on a frigid winter day is to turn on  your shower, and get no water because a pipe has burst! So, properly insulating them will help reduce risk of a frozen pipe breaking in your basement, crawl space or garage, and causing damage,  great expense and huge inconvenience.

WHEN: Annually

HOW:  Home Depot did a great job explaining how here:  Click Here.

Schedule Fall Furnace Servicing

WHAT:  Maintain your furnace as you do a car - to keep it functioning smoothly, and save on operating costs and repairs.  "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"!  Annual service will also reduce the risk the furnace stops working on the coldest day of the year, or on a holiday when everyone is visiting, and all the service providers are closed!

WHEN: Annually, in Fall

HOW:  Hire a pro!  The folks at This Old House explain:  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. 

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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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