Posted by genieSABRE on Aug 25, 2011
Week # 34 – Home Maintenance Tips

Week # 34 – Home Maintenance Tips

Just do it!

Source: Hannif Highclass
Publish:My Blog: 09/01/2011
 

Home Interior

Clean your garbage disposal.

Garbage disposals can produce a foul aroma as well, and they need to be cleaned regularly to keep the odors under control. The smells coming from the garbage disposal are created by food that is caught or left behind in the disposal.

Cleaning your garbage disposal is a quick and easy way to help keep your kitchen smelling fresh and your sink drain working properly. Although well-maintained garbage disposals that are used correctly should generally clean themselves, the following tips will help keep your garbage disposal in tip-top shape.

Clearing Items Out of the Garbage Disposal

Safety is important when clearing your garbage disposal. Before you start, be sure to turn off the fuse that regulates power to your garbage disposal to ensure there is no chance for the unit to turn on while you’re clearing it. Using tongs or pliers, you may be able to remove any non-disposable items stuck inside your garbage disposal. You should try to avoid sticking your hands inside of the disposer, but if it becomes necessary to use your hands, be sure that the power to the unit is disabled.

Cleaning the Grinding Elements Using Ice and Rock Salt

You can combine two cups of ice cubes and a cup of rock salt to make a great cure for malodorous garbage disposals. Fill the garbage disposal with the ice cubes and then pour the salt over the ice cubes. Run cold water and turn on the garbage disposal for approximately 5-10 seconds. The combination of ice and rock salt will help knock sludge and debris off of the grinding elements so that they can make their way down the drain. If you don’t happen to have rock salt, substituting a cup of vinegar will also work.

Cleaning the Drain Line

Good general garbage disposer maintenance includes a periodic purging of the drain line leading from the garbage disposal. You should also purge the line after removing sludge and debris because it ensures that all dislodged items make their way down the drain. This can be accomplished by plugging your drain, filling your sink with 2-4 inches of water and then removing the drain plug and turning on the garbage disposal. Then all of the collected water gets pulled through the line. In addition to being a part of good maintenance, you should also clear your drain line each time after you dispose of particularly fibrous foods. It will help ensure that all of the food particles make their way down the drain.

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Home Exterior

Tighten Handrails.

A tumble down your stairs can be a one-way ticket to the emergency room. To help keep you and anyone else using your stairs safe, check your handrails. These railings are more than a decorative element and serve an important purpose. When tightly bolted to your wall or floor and in good condition, handrails can reduce the severity of falls and help prevent them altogether.

Railings increase people’s safety when using cement steps.Railings that have metal “feet” installed on the vertical supports are installed using concrete anchors.

Tighten the bolts located in all the railings’ “feet.”
Stand on the ground, and use your hands to put pressure on the railing to ensure that it is stable. Re-tighten the bolts occasionally to keep the railing secure.

 

Lawn

Inspect & Clean Fences .

Fence maintenance can be frustrating if you are not sure how to clean a fence. Regardless if you’re looking for tips on how to clean a vinyl fence, wood fence, chain link fence or steel & aluminum fences, this article should teach you everything you need to know for proper maintenance for all fence types.

VINYL FENCE: Cleaning:

The majority of vinyl fences can be cleaned very easily by just spraying the fence down with a water hose. However, if there are some tough stains that a water hose does not take care of just follow the method below and your fence will look brand new every time you clean it!

To prepare for cleaning a vinyl fence, you will want to decide if you are going to use a bucket of soapy water, a vinyl cleaning solution (can be purchased at your local hardware store), or a combination of both. If you are using a bucket of soapy water you will want to fill the bucket with water to your desired amount and mix an environmentally safe cleaning solution in the bucket.
All you must do now is get your soft cloth rag wet via the water in the bucket and wipe down the areas of the fence that need to be wiped down.

Things to Avoid:

  • NEVER paint a vinyl fence
  • NEVER place a barbeque next to your vinyl fence
  • NEVER screw attachments to your vinyl fence this could void your warranty.
  • AVOID hanging heavy items on your vinyl fence (i.e. potted plants, heavy ornaments.)

 

WOOD FENCE: Cleaning:

Cedar fence, will begin to turn a grayish color or the paint/stain will begin to lose its brightness, You may notice a mold begin to develop on the fence.
Use plastic sheeting to protect your grass, you will want to lay that on the ground underneath the fence prior to starting any cleaning.

A mixture of “1 part bleach and 2 parts water” is very common when cleaning wood fences.

However, you may also purchase wood cleaning solution from your local hardware store. What you will want to do first is to apply the cleaning solution to the fence and allow it to soak in until you notice that the fence is becoming brighter and/or clean. Now spray the fence off with a water hose. Allow it to dry. repeat process if you need to.
Once the fence is clean and dry you are ready to apply a stain.

NOTE: DO NOT USE PAINT ON YOUR WOOD FENCE, INSTEAD USE A STAIN.

Properly apply the strain and allow the stain to dry. Your wood fence should now look beautiful and brand new. If you apply this process at least every 3 – 5 years, your wood fence will look beautiful and brand new for a long time!

 

CHAIN LINK, STEEL AND ALUMINUM FENCE: cleaning

If you want to give your children a chore to do around the house, now is the time. Cleaning a chain link, steel or aluminum fence is very easy and can be performed by almost anyone. Most of the time you can clean your metal fence by simply spraying it off with a water hose. However, if you come across some tough stains or areas that need a little scrubbing, the following advice should do the trick.

First, you will want to prepare a bucket of soapy water. To do this, simply fill a bucket with warm water and mix with any cleaning solution that will not increase chances of rust development. You will then want to take your soft bristle scrub brush and dip it in the soapy water. After the brush is wet, simply scrub the areas of the fence that need cleaning and rinse by spraying off with a water hose… It’s that easy.

We hope that these tips will help you when cleaning and maintaining your fence. If you have any further questions about perhaps repairing or installing a new fence check these companies out:

All Season Fencing: (416) 665-7678

Atlas Fence: (416) 489-9612

McGowan Fence & Supply Limited: (416) 431-5556

 

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