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Preventative Maintenance Tips to Help Prevent Mildew

Prevent Bathroom Mildew

Mildew thrives in warm, moist environments, which is exactly what your bathroom probably is after someone has taken a nice, hot shower. You might not be able to fully prevent mildew from being an issue in your home, but there are steps that you can take to help prevent it. These are a few bathroom mildew preventative maintenance tips that you can follow if you'd like to prevent mildew from growing and thriving in this area of your home.

Make Sure There is Proper Ventilation

One of the biggest and most effective steps that you can take to prevent mildew from growing in your bathroom is to install a fan, if there isn't one in your bathroom already. In the meantime, cracking the window when taking a bath or shower to allow some ventilation can help.

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5 Energy Efficiency Tips for Older Homes

Energy Efficiency Tips for Older Homes

Old homes waste energy like a Hummer goes through gas. It's inefficient and costly. You may think you're only options are to put up with high utility bills forever or sell your old home. But there are so many energy efficient tools available to help homeowners upgrade their old homes. Selling does not have to be an option. Here are 5 tips to make your old home more energy efficient.

1. Replace Windows & Doors

The single-paned windows of older homes are a big source of energy loss in your home. Old poorly insulated doors also contribute to energy loss. The ideal solution is to replace all old windows with double-paned windows or Energy Star-qualified windows. This upgrade will drastically help cut costs on energy bills. However, replacing windows can be expensive. A cheaper alternative is to add caulking and plastic insulation to windows and doors. It will help cut costs but not as drastically.

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Vacuum Cleaner Maintenance

vacuum cleaner repair

Your vacuum cleaner is a valuable piece of equipment and essential to keeping your home clean and looking its best. Periodically performing vacuum maintenance can extend the life of your vacuum and avoid costly repairs. Read on to find out what's involved in vacuum cleaner maintenance.

Always unplug your vacuum before attempting any maintenance

Keep yourself safe from electrical accidents. Trust us on this one.

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Six Ways You Might Be Accidentally Damaging Your Home

Ways You Might Be Accidentally Damaging Your Home

Owning a home is a big responsibility. There’s plenty of maintenance to do—especially as the home gets older—and some surprises along the way. You want to keep your home in good condition because, after all, it’s been good to you; it provides you with a roof over your head and keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. But, while you’re pretty good at staying current on upkeep, your life gets busy and some home maintenance can slip through the cracks that could be harming your lovely home. Here are six ways you’re accidentally damaging your home that you might not even be aware of.

Neglecting to Change Your Filters

When it comes to HVAC filters, it’s easy to forget about them— “out of sight, out of mind” as they say. But if you don’t clean or change them regularly, you may discover your electricity bill’s increasing. Likewise, dirty air filters mean poor air quality inside your home. To save your lungs and your money, it’s best to clean and/or change those HVAC filters every 1-6 months.

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Importance of Garbage Disposal Preventative Maintenance

Garbage Disposal Maintenance

Garbage disposals are one of those things we don’t really think much about, until it stops working or isn’t working properly and we realize just how useful they are! Preventative maintenance will not only keep a garbage disposal working strong, but prevent things like bad odors and dangers to family members from occurring.

Here are a few quick preventative tips to keep your garbage disposal working properly:

  • Run the disposal every time you put food into it and continue running the water 20 to 30 seconds after turning the disposal off
  • Make vinegar ice cubes to toss in every once in a while for defense against unwanted odor and to aid in cleaning (add some rock salt in with those vinegar ice cubes and you'll get some serious cleaning action going on!)
  • Pour baking soda into the disposal and let it sit for a little while, as this helps to combat any odors as well as cleaning (when you return to rinse the baking soda out, use a bottle brush for scrubbing the walls and don't forget the rubber drain guard)
  • The peelings from an orange or lemon will combat odors as well
  • Use only cold water so any fat or oil present will form a solid and get chopped into smaller pieces

These items should never be put down your garbage disposal:

  • Rice or pasta swells in any liquid making them hard to break down into smaller pieces that will only build up over time in the drain eventually clogging it up
  • Banana peels
  • Coffee grounds in quantity
  • Peach and avocado pits
  • Any fat pieces cut off of meat
  • Hard bones
  • Grease and oil
  • Corn husk or corn cobs
  • Potato peelings
  • Celery
  • Popcorn kernels
  • Onion skins
  • Artichokes
  • Any form of trash like twist ties, bottle caps, gum, cigarette butts, glass, pull tabs or flower/plant clippings should never come near the disposal

With these tips in mind, it’s still possible for appliances to break down and need repairs. Call All Chores No More and we can help with your maintenance needs!

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