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Fall Home Maintenance – Part One

As you say goodbye to August and hello to September, now is a good time to begin preparing your fall home maintenance list. With school activities, football games, holidays and family gatherings, there’s little time to complete these important tasks. To lend you a hand, the next few posts are dedicated to important tasks to schedule and complete this fall. So mark this page and read on!

Your Indoor Checklist:

Clean your refrigerator. Fall means family and friends’ gatherings. You’ll want to make sure you refrigerator is doing its job. So break out your favorite cleaners and some old-fashioned elbow grease. You can do it!

Clean your stove and oven. From baking pumpkin pies and chocolate chip cookies to roasting that turkey and Grandma’s favorite casserole, your oven will be seeing its share of activity this fall as well. Get it ready to shine!

Inspect the furnace. Have a heating professional inspect your furnace to ensure there’s no damage and that all is ready for the chilly weather ahead.

Clean your clothes washer. If you haven’t already done this, now’s a good time. Just check your owner’s manual for any specifics related to your model and get cleaning.

Check your dryer exhaust tube and vent for lint and debris. Clothes dryers can be a hazard if they aren’t well maintained. If you aren’t sure how to complete this task, contact a professional who can make sure your dryer will work safely into the next year.

Clean out your laundry room. Because dryers can be a hazard, keeping your laundry
room clean and free of extra clutter is another positive step in making sure your home is safe.

Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This is a no-brainer. You can test them if you’ve recently replaced batteries. However, if you’re not sure you last changed batteries, toss the batteries and install new ones. A few extra dollars could save your family and your home.

Clean out your mudroom. This one’s simple. Remove all the summer items like pool towels, sunscreen and flips flops and make room for gloves, coats and hats.

Clean your chimney. Contact a professional who can ensure your chimney is ready for the first fire of fall.

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Beware Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that can be deadly.  Most people know that cars emit carbon monoxide, but forget that any fuel burning items can produce this gas. Gas burning furnaces, water heaters, stoves, ovens, dryers, fireplaces, propane stoves, portable generators, charcoal and gas grills can all turn from useful to dangerous if you’re not aware of how to manage them.

Statistically, more carbon monoxide poisoning cases are reported during the winter than any other time of the year. The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are common (i.e., headache, dizziness or light-headedness, and nausea), so many people don’t realize the cause of their sickness. Below are ways to ensure your family is protected.

  • Have your heating systems, water heaters, and other gas, oil, or coal-burning appliances inspected by a professional
  • Install battery-operated carbon monoxide detectors. These should be placed near the fuel burning appliances. Remember to change the batteries once a year.
  • Never use generators, camp stoves, charcoal grills, or any other gas or oil burning items inside your home. If using any of these outside make sure not to have them near a window.
  • Never run a motor vehicle inside the garage, even with the door up.
  • Make certain that all your fuel burning appliances are properly ventilated.
  • Never heat your home with a gas oven.

 

 

By following the above guidelines, you can help make certain your family is protected not just during these wintry months, but year round.

Have more questions? Call us – we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day.  If water runs through it – We Do It!