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Summer is over, time for home maintenance 

September  2014

 
 
  September rolls around which means the kids are back to school along with their myriad of new school supplies. This is an excellent time to use this organizational push for your home. I'm strong advocate for creating a house notebook which contains all the important info on your house, i.e. emergency info, family members' phone numbers, shut-off valve locations, vendors' (plumbers, electrician etc.) numbers, wifi passwords, cable info & neighbor's phone numbers. The notebook should also have all your maintenance records for the house. I know much of this can be on your computers but in case there are power issues, it's nice to have a back-up. If you have wee ones and there is a babysitter in your house, they need the info  - just show them the book. BTW it's great to justify those smart phones and put the dates in and have reminders pop up. 

MONTHLY
• Sink/Tub Stoppers and Drain Holes: Clean out debris.
• Garbage Disposal: Flush with hot water and baking soda.
• Water Softener: Check water softener salt drum and replenish salt if necessary.

EVERY 3 MONTHS
• Clean dishwasher trap and filter from food debris.  Run an empty load with vinegar.
• Faucet: Clean aerator.
• Tub Drain Assembly: Clean out debris; inspect rubber seal and replace if needed.
• Floor and Outdoor Drain Grates: Clean out debris.
• Fire Extinguisher: Check that it's fully charged; recharge or replace if needed.
• Wall Furnace: Clean grills.
• Range Hood: Clean grease filter. 

EVERY YEAR - BEFORE THE RAIN BEGINS!
• Roof: Inspect roof surface, flashing, eaves, and soffits; repair if needed.
• Gutters and Downspouts: Clean them out or install no-clean version. Inspect and repair weak areas; check for proper drainage and make repairs if needed.  Your gardener can do.
• Siding: Inspect and clean siding and repair if needed.
• Exterior Caulking: Inspect caulking and replace any loose caulking.

EVERY YEAR - PREPARE FOR THE COLD!
• Forced-Air Heating System: Change semi-annually if user's mannual recommends high efficiency pleated or HEPA-style filters.
• Chimney: Chimney sweep & clean the flues.

EVERY YEAR - SPRING CLEANING!
• Air conditioner: Inspect by AC professional.
• Sewer line: Clean out sewer line by a professional rooter.
• Smoke Detector: Test batteries and replace if needed.
• Carbon Monoxide Detector: Test batteries and replace if needed.
• Range Hood: Clean grease filter.
• Toilet: Check for leaks and water run-on.
• Interior Caulking: Inspect caulking around tubs, showers, and sinks; replace any if it is deteriorating.
• Refrigerator: Change filter. If you use a lot of ice and water, change every 6 months.
• Garbage Disposal: Tighten drain connections and fasteners.
• Clothes Washer: Clean water inlet filters; check hoses and replace them if they are leaking.
• Clothes Dryer: Vacuum lint from ducts and surrounding areas.
• Range Hood: Wash fan blades and housing.

Happy organizing!  Until next month,

Barbara

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