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Monday, October 4, 2021   /   by Ryan Huemmer

October Home Maintenance Checklist

October Home Maintenance Checklist

Leaf Removal And Lawn Prep
Winter is coming, mid-to-late October will be the last mow of the season. You’ll want to help ready your lawn for the long winter ahead with a shorter than normal cut length and removal all leaves.
Change Direction Of Ceiling Fans
Changing your ceiling fan to go clockwise, you can save money on your utility bills. On most fans, allow you to switch the setting between clockwise and counterclockwise.

Clean Out The Fireplace.
Wood-burning fireplaces require a professional chimney sweep annually to inspect and remove creosote inside the chimney. A hires professional can also inspect the outside of the chimney to make sure everything is in good working order.
Store Outdoor Furniture
Your outdoor summer furniture will look much nicer next spring if you take the time to clean them and store them properly over the winter.
Drain Garden Hoses
Before the temps dip into the below freezing levels, you’ll wan ...

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Wednesday, September 1, 2021   /   by Ryan Huemmer

September Home Maintenance Checklist

Dust All Fans & Blinds
Give your fans and blinds a good wipe down. Dust can pile up very quickly on fans and blinds so doing regular maintenance prevents having to spend more time.
Caulk Bathtubs and Showers
Hard-water buildup, mildew and age can deteriorate the caulking around your tub, so be ready to replace it to keep things safely sealed and prevent potential water damage.

Set Up Work Places For School Aged ChildrenA comfortable, attractive and well-organized work space will help encourage good homework habits. Having a dedicated project table or large desk surface to keep the necessary supplies at hand will reduce distractions.

Maintain Washer & Dryer
Dryer vents need to be regularly and more deeply than just a quick swipe of the lint. Washing-machine hoses can deteriorate and leak over time and cause costly damages to your home. Cleaning the dryer vents and washer hoses will help prolong your equipment's use time.

Fire Extinguishers

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Monday, August 2, 2021   /   by Ryan Huemmer

August Home Maintenance Checklist

Clear The Gutters
Summers in Wisconsin bring some heavy rain and thunderstorms. Muck and debris can cause water to collect and overflow when clogged. Eliminate the possibility of water damage and get those gutters cleaned out.
Deep Clean Carpets
Warmer weather allows for windows to be open and a breeze through the home to help dry the wet carpet. Fresh clean carpets are always good for a clean smelling home.
Clean Bathroom Exhaust Fans
The bathroom fan helps remove moisture, humidity and odors. Shower steam encourages dust to accumulate on the vent and inside the fan. Removal of dust will ensure the fan works at its greatest capacity. 
Inspect Siding
Siding can buckle, bubble and slide. Plus be susceptible to mold and mildew, which can lead to problems. Make sure to inspect all your siding annually and complete the necessary repairs as needed. 
Reverse Ceiling Fans
If your fans spin counterclockwise, it pushes the air straight down to keep your home nice ...

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Friday, July 2, 2021   /   by Ryan Huemmer

July Home Maintenance Checklist

Scrub Deck & Railing
Prepare your outdoor space for a barbecue with friends. Mix some warm water and dish detergent to scrub the deck boards and railings plus the outdoor furniture. Make sure to look for popped nails or screws too.
Clean Your Sink Drain
What's that smell coming from the sink!?!? Wash the sink stopper and pour a half cup of baking soda down the drain with a cup of boiling water. Wait 10 mins and rinse clean.
Test Drinking Water
Drinking water should be test regularly for bacteria and nitrates. Self monitoring testing kits can be used or often the county health department will help. Call the Safe Drinking Hotline at 800-426-4791 for assistance. 
Inspect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Get in a habit of testing these monthly. Make sure the batteries work and that the mechanism is working properly by pushing the test button.
Check Ductwork for Leaks
It's air conditioning season! Do a visual inspection of the ductwork and make sure the cold air from ...

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021   /   by Ryan Huemmer

June Home Maintenance Checklist

Check Your Refrigerator
Clean the inside, outside and behind. Replace the water filter and inspect the ice maker. Also make sure you wash and repair the door gaskets to ensure highest efficiency. Apply a light coat of petroleum jelly to the top and front of the gasket to keep a tight seal.
Check And Repair Window Screens
Expect insects in the summer season.  Even a small hole or rip could be a welcome sign for bugs to enter your home. For small holes, repair tape works. If the damage is bad enough, you may have to replace the entire screen. Typically your local hardware store can handle that.
Give Your Home A Good Dusting
That dust and microscopic mites gathered during the winter months, can now be pushed through your home when the windows and doors are open. Give your home a good dusting. Wipe down furniture, baseboards, doors, window sills, cabinets, appliances, walls and ceiling fans.
Clean Dryer Vent
Disconnect the dryer vent to vacuum or brush it out depending on the ...

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