Many experts will say to change the filters monthly, but that’s not always necessary. For smaller families without pets or allergies, you’ll likely be okay changing the filters every 2-3 months. If the filter is dirty, change it out, otherwise inspect it again next month. (*Filters not included) Additionally, the air returns need to be wiped down to avoid dust in ducting and extend the lifetime of your filters.
If you’ve never thought of doing this, you’re in for a real “treat” when you get that filter off the hood to clean it for the first time. Simply use a degreaser from an auto parts store mixed with hot water. Let the filter sit for a few minutes, rinse it off, and you’re good to go. As for the garage disposal, there are a bunch of ways to do this, but the handiest and best all-around solution seems to be vinegar ice cubes. Put some vinegar in an ice tray and let it freeze, then run the ice cubes through the disposal. It freshens it, but as a bonus, ice sharpens the blades. (*x1 hood filters and disposal per household included.)
Your detectors should have a “test” button. If the alarm sounds, you’re good to go. If not, replace batteries immediately and test again. If it still doesn’t sound, it’s possible there’s simply corrosion on the battery terminal, and it won’t detect new batteries. Clean it and try again. If it still doesn’t work, you’ll likely need a new detector. (*Limited to 10 foot ceilings) With something as important as this, you can’t be too careful. Between 2007 and 2011, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths were in homes without working smoke detectors, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Replace batteries in smoke/CM detectors as needed. (*Limited to 10 foot ceilings)
We've all seen this. Drains clog. Armed with the right tools and techniques, you can easily unplug stopped-up drains without having to call in a pro. Better yet, regularly clearing your drains will prevent this from happening. (*Limited to 15" snake / will not service galvanized pipes,)
We replace and recycle your interior light bulbs by request. So long as you tell us where they are, we're happy to help. (*bulbs not included.)
Go through the house and inspect anything that could have a loose screw.
This is a big ticket item and we can't stress this one enough. The fridge can use up to 15 percent of your home’s total power, so you want it running as efficiently as possible. Over time, the coils get dirty and your fridge requires more juice. You can save up to $100 a year by doing this, and it’s not at all a difficult task.
If repair is needed, plumbers and handypeople can do this - but it's very easy to pick up a kit at Home Depot or Amazon and give it a try. If you fail to caulk correctly, it will lead to mold, leaks, and worse. (* limited to interior kitchen & bathroom)
Vacuum the lint from the hose at the dryer. Clothes dryers cause 2,900 fires a year, with many fires happening in the fall and winter, according to the United States Fire Administration. Lint is a major culprit, so have your dryer vent inspected and cleaned annually. (limited to 12' feet and no in-wall flex duct)
Clean bathroom exhaust fans, floor vents, and air intakes - all major collectors of dust. If your wall vents or floor registers are clogged with dirt and dust, that airflow is getting a bit stuck, making your system less efficient = bigger heating bills this season. Before winter, take the time to thoroughly clean your vents and ductwork.
Most dishwashers have a built in filter that, if not checked regularly, will reduce the efficacy of your dishwasher. Plus - who knows what you'll find. There's a good chance you're missing spoon is down there.
"Your appliances and many other items have an expiration date. So plan for the demise of your water heater long before it goes kaput. Make a list of the objects in your home, noting the year they were installed, and set aside money for their eventual replacements!"
Don’t have the time, interest, expertise or tools to tackle all of the needed preventative maintenance around your home? We understand and we're here to help. You can count on Reliable Red to get the job done!
♻️ Go Green with Red:
Designed to keep items out of the landfill, Batteries/Light Bulbs will be sustainably recycled. Filters, Detectors, and Fire Extinguishers will be disposed of properly.
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