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February Home Maintenance Guide

February Home Maintenance Guide

Believe it or not, spring is just around the corner, and with it will come many outdoor activities and chores. In the meantime, while you are waiting for the warmer weather, take the next few weeks to take care of some important home maintenance and cleaning tasks indoors.

Clean and vacuum curtains

Curtains can add a lot to the décor of your home, but they can also hold a lot of dirt and dust. It is important to regularly dust or vacuum your curtains using a feather duster, dusting cloth or damp cloth, or a smaller fabric attachment on your vacuum cleaner. If it has been a long time since you cleaned your curtains, you may want to wash them or have them dry-cleaned.

Check caulking around showers and bathtubs; repair as needed

Bathroom caulking does not last forever, and over time, it can crack and become discolored. If not repaired, it can lead to water damage. If you have old caulking in your shower or tub, you will need to remove the old caulk, clean the surface, and then apply new caulk. There are many tips and videos online to help you through the process.

Regularly check for ice dams and icicles

Especially with the recent weather, check for ice dams and icicles on the edge of your home’s roofline. Without action, dams may grow large enough to prevent water from draining off the roof. This can cause the water to potentially back up underneath roof shingles and leak into your home. To prevent ice dams, make sure to clean your gutters and keep your attic well insulated.

Clean garbage disposal

You may think your disposal is relatively clean considering how often water runs through it, but food particles can often get trapped inside, creating the perfect environment for mold and bacteria to grow. Take the extra step to clean and sanitize your garbage disposal this month using items you already have at home, such as baking soda, citrus peels, and ice.

Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71 percent of smoke alarms that failed to operate had missing, disconnected, or dead batteries. The batteries in carbon monoxide and smoke detectors should be changed twice per year, so be sure to mark your calendar with the dates when you changed the batteries and when the next change is due. You can also mark the actual battery with the date you changed them out.

Repair any interior wall damage; touch up or repaint as needed

Damage to your interior walls can be hard to avoid, but fortunately, most issues can be fixed easily and inexpensively. Small holes from a screw or a nail can be filled with some spackle and then sanded with fine grain sandpaper. Larger holes can be a bit trickier, but can be taken care of with drywall repair kits sold at most home improvement stores.

source: http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/marketplace/real-estate/2017/02/05/february-home-maintenance-guide/97422724/

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Toronto Real Estate Board - IDX Last Updated: 7/22/2018 7:16:35 AM