WATER DAMAGE PREVENTION TIPS

WATER DAMAGE PREVENTION TIPS

Some cases of water damage aren’t avoidable. But by following these tips, you’ll decrease the likelihood of water damage happening to you:

Kitchen

  • Dishwasher: Check for leaks under the sink where the hose connects to the water supply. Look around the base of the dishwasher for evidence of leaks, such as discolored, warped, or soft flooring materials.
  • Refrigerator Ice Maker: Make sure the hose connection is securely attached to the water supply line. Remember that a wet spot on the floor may be a sign of a crimped icemaker that is about to burst.
  • Sink: Replace old caulking around sinks. Water can leak through damaged sealants, causing stains or soft areas around nearby walls and floors. Also, check the pipes under the sink for leaks.

Bathrooms

  • Showers and Bathtubs: Replace old caulk and grout.
  • Sinks: Check under the sink for leaks from water supply lines or pipes.
  • Toilets: Clogs can result from too much toilet paper or objects such as hanging bowl deodorants. Also, some chlorine tablet cleaners may corrode internal plastic or rubber parts, leading to a leak.

Laundry or Utility Room

  • Washing Machine: Check hoses for bulging, cracking, fraying and leaks around the hose ends. Replace hoses every 3-5 years or sooner if a problem is found.
  • Water Heater: Wet spots on the floor or a rusted tank may signal a leak. Most water heaters last 8-15 years.

Roof

  • Keep the roof free from leaves, twigs and other litter to allow for proper drainage.
  • Replace missing, curling, cupping, broken, or cracked shingles.
  • Watch for damage in valley areas of the roof, and around the flashing at chimneys, vents, and other junctions.

Gutters

  • Clean debris from your gutters, and inspect them regularly.

Finally, make sure everyone in your home knows where the water shutoff valve is and how to open and close it. 

BACK TO BASICS

BACK TO BASICS

This is a great time of the year to set goals that will keep you on track for achieving success. Your carpet, rugs, and hard surfaces are no exception – with proper maintenance you can greatly increase the life of these investments. In this issue we want to remind you of some practical steps that you can take to keep your carpet looking great.

1. Vacuum Filtration Soil

Have you ever seen dark lines around the perimeter of a person’s home? That’s called filtration soil, and it can become a permanent stain if you’re not careful. When dirt and dust particles hit the walls in your home, they fall down and have nowhere to go. Using your vacuum’s crevice tool, you can vacuum these areas and remove the soil before it causes a stain. Also, you may want to take a clean, damp rag and scrub the perimeter of your carpet. To learn more about filtration soil, please click here.

2. Check the Bags, Belts, and Height Adjustment on your Vacuum

We recommend that you replace your belt at least once a year. Using a vacuum with a worn out belt or old bag can diminish the suction capability of your vacuum and cause premature wear to your facial yarns. 

3. Double Vacuum

Twice a year it’s a good idea to spend a few extra minutes to give your carpet a double vacuum. This extra-thorough vacuuming will collect the items that your normal vacuuming may leave behind.

As always, if there’s anything we can do to help you, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our number is 949-496-6079.

5 KEYS TO WOOD FLOOR CARE

5 KEYS TO WOOD FLOOR CARE

 

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  1. Dirt and dust particles can damage the floor when walked on.  Use rugs or mats in heavy traffic areas and doorways. This will reduce the amount of soil in your home.
  2. Place felt pads under furniture to prevent scratches.
  3. Clean your wood floor daily with a microfiber mop and a wood-specific cleaner (we recommend Basic Coatings Squeaky cleaner).
  4. A professional cleaning should be done every 1-3 years to remove tough dirt and surface contaminants.
  5. Professional re-coating is necessary when you notice wear to the finish of your floor. Be sure to do this before the floor is worn down to the bare wood to prevent costly restoration.

If you’d like to schedule a free in-home consultation, feel free to give us a call at 949-496-6079.