February 2019


3 Important Home Maintenance Projects That Get Overlooked

As home dwellers, we all know that there is ongoing home maintenance projects that need to be done, but it is human nature to not address many of them until it becomes a problem. Since my recent move, I noticed a couple of issues that came up in the house that was clearly due to lack of maintenance. Sometimes it just takes a third party, someone who didn’t live in the house every day to notice that certain things just are not working right. Be it avoidance, ignorance or just not paying attention to signs, I want to bring your attention to 3 important home maintenance projects that tend to get overlooked.

1. Gutter Cleaning. This hasn’t been an issue for me per se since I live in a community where gutter cleaning is taken care of by the homeowner’s association, but because they (the homeowner’s association) schedule this project annually, this is something that homeowners, even renters, should have on your calendars on an annual basis. The best time to address this is right after the fall season when all the leaves drop and before the rain or snow season. It’s been an extremely mild winter for us so far so it may not be a major concern yet, but you don’t want to wait until the big rain or snow season to deal with emergencies. Schedule it for mid-November. In fact, if you hang lights on the exterior of your home for the holidays, it would be a great time to kill two birds with one stone, so to speak.

2. Drain Cleaning. Upon moving into this house, I noticed that the water in the master bathroom sink and tub were draining extremely slow. After a couple of days of “dealing” with it, I did more sleuthing than I ultimately cared to and noticed that the drains were clogged with hair and other nastiness that has accumulated over the years. Lucky for me, I happened to have two bottles of Liquid Plumbr gel in my cleaning inventory and proceeded to use them in both areas. I’ll spare you the details of my trying to remove the stopper from the sink (yuck!) etc. Bottom line is hair, lint, dirt and a myriad of other things go down the drain. Over time it gets clogged. It is good practice to use a drain cleaning solution like Liquid Plumbr to clear things out every so often. I have since purchased a large bottle of this solution and will be using it every other month to keep things flowing. I recommend that you do the same.

3. Dryer Vent Cleaning. This was the most interesting of all the home concerns. I noticed that the washing machine did not wring the clothes out very well and it did take an extremely long time for the clothes to actually dry (we’re talking over an hour per load)! I attributed it to the washing machine not doing it’s job well, but when the units were inspected, it turned out that it was the dryer vent that was completely clogged. Long story short, a tool was used to push all the lint out of the vent and I was told that BAGS of lint came flying out. It was “snowing” lint! Can you imagine? I wasn’t here to see it, but I’m just glad I brought this up and we avoided a house fire. Plus, I’m sure I’m saving myself quite a bit on the electric bill as a result. Just cleaning the lint from the lint trap is not enough. There is a lot that gets caught deeper in the hose. I can imagine this is an even bigger concern for homes with hairy pets. If you haven’t addressed this and my guess is you have not, I would highly recommend you take some time as soon as possible to look into this.

It just so happened that I saw this infomercial recently for the Lint Lizard. As a disclaimer, I have not used it, but it seems like a genius invention because it addresses this very issue. You may want to check out the Lint Lizard to help make this project easier.

I hope you find these tips helpful. I would love to hear your thoughts on this article. Is there a home maintenance project you know of that gets overlooked? Please share so that we can all avoid dealing with emergencies that occur as a result.

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10 Simple Ways to Keep Your Kitchen Clean

The kitchen is called the heart of the house. Keeping it dirty for a day can create a mess in the days that follow. It is better to keep it clean once you are done with using it for the day or every time you see it messy. Thus allows you to have a clean kitchen and get rid of pests and bacteria infesting it. Pest and bacteria find themselves feeling cosy where they get access to food and are warm, and the first place that they can come over is through sinkholes and ventilators. It also saves up on the time that you would later spend on cleaning tough food stains if you leave it for the next day.

While you visit the stores, you can get your hands on the best cleaning solutions and accordingly clean the kitchen. The counter tops or the area where you conduct the cooking procedures can be cleaned on a daily basis. Using a simple towel cloth along with the cleaning solutions could make you have a clean and sanitised kitchen.

Tips on basic kitchen cleanliness

• Keep unused utensils and gadgets away from the ones that you need it on a daily basis.

• Try and have the food ingredients, utensils and crockery close to you and not keep them in faraway cabinets to allow you to run around and make the area messy.

• Use large bowls and minimum utensils while cooking.

• Keep your fridge clean and hygienic by removing all the old vegetable and foods weekly. You could also consider cleaning the racks and shelves frequently.

• Clean the gas counter or the microwave oven after you are done with the cooking. You could also consider cleaning the soiled utensils to avoid bacteria infestation if left for a long time

• Clean the inside of your microwave once you cook the food.

• Keep sink and drainer clean and ensure that there is no clogging with food particles.

• Maintain clean floors by making sure that there are no food particles strewn on the floor.

• Using a dustbin with a lid could help you keep the garbage and kitchen waste safe from pests and rodents. Disposing the waste on a daily basis would avoid odour and multiplication of bacteria and fungi.

• Keep pets away from your kitchen to avoid contamination as their hair and dried skin may contaminate your food to create health issues for you and your family.

The author Cathy Smith ensures that her kitchen is kept clean in the best possible way. She has relevant information on service providers for”>house cleaning in Auckland and”>commercial cleaners in Auckland.