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Top 10 Home Maintenance Tips

  1. Know the location of all shut-offs and test them to be sure they work. Water main, sink & toilet, gas appliances, water heater, main electrical panel.
  2. Your toilet is not a trash can. Never flush anything down the toilet except toilet paper! That includes products labeled “flushable.”
  3. Treat and clean your drains once a month to prevent clogs and avoid needing to use harsh chemicals.
  4. Change Your Furnace Filter – Buy cheap change often. The purpose of your furnace filter is to protect the mechanical parts of your furnace. It is not intended to clean your indoor air.
  5. Inspect caulking and grout around tubs, showers and sinks replace as necessary.
  6. Test your GFCI’s every month. These are typically located in bathrooms and kitchens.
  7. Clean and repair your gutters and downspouts gutters and downspouts are intended to gather the water running off of the roof and direct it to the downspouts.
  8. Safety First! Check for damage to steps, railings, concrete paths and repair promptly.
  9. Make sure you have the basic tools in your tool box: Safety glasses, hammer, screwdrivers, adjustable wrench, utility knife, caulk gun, voltage tester, power drill, drill bits, putty knife.
  10. Have reliable contractors chosen before an emergency arises and have their contact information readily available.

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