Tips, advice, and recommendations to help you maintain your home.
With the beginning of the spring season, every homeowner should be on the lookout for termites or signs of termites. Starting in March and going through May or June is when “Termites swarm in the spring,” say professional pest control experts. “If you notice small brown tubes running from the ground up the side of your home, or if you notice small winged insects flying out of a hole in the woodwork, that’s probably termites. Call a licensed professional pest-control company. You’ll save money and trouble in the long run.”
With spring coming, so comes spring cleaning. But cleaning the interior of your home should not but the only cleaning you do. Consider cleaning your siding with a pressure washer to keep mold from growing. Check all wood surfaces for weathering and\or paint failure. If the wood is showing through the paint, sand the immediate area and apply a primer coat before painting. If the paint is peeling, be sure and scrape the loose paint and then sand smooth before painting.
Water leaking from your toilet tank will not only cost you money when it comes to your water bill, but it can also cause water damage to your bathroom floor and premature wear of your toilet’s internal workings. One way to find out whether your toilet tank is leaking, add some red food coloring to the water in the tank. Come back in about an hour and see if the water in the bowl is pink. If it is, you have a leak. If you find that your toilet is leaking from the tank to the bowl, the flapper needs to be replaced. First, shut off the water supply valve located directly behind the toilet. Remove the tank lid and flush the toilet in order to empty the tank. Use a towel or sponge to mop out any excess water left in the tank. Remove the flush chain from the lever, and then slide the old flapper up off the overflow tube. Slide the new flapper in place over the overflow tube, reconnect the chain, and turn the water supply back on.
Clogged dryer hoses pose huge fire hazards. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. firefighters respond to approximately 14,630 house fires annually that were caused by dryers. Consumer Reports shares that you can prevent these house fires by cleaning your lint filter, emptying or replacing your dryer hose, and regularly checking the vent and exhaust.