Key Maintenance Plan - Tip #8

If It’s Not Broke, Don’t Fix It – Might Not Be the Best Strategy for Your Home A homeowner needs to prepare for the heat in the Summer and the cold in the winter by having their HVAC serviced. You don’t want to be the house without air conditioning on the hottest day, or heat on the coldest day because you didn’t remember to have this done. Even more disturbing are the stories of people coming home from vacation to find their pipes have frozen and burst because the heat went out! How many people know that clogged dryer vents are one of the top causes of house fires in the US? Or… Have you ever asked yourself, “Why is it taking so long to dry this load of laundry?” You guessed it, your dry

Key Maintenance Plan - Tip #7

Smoke Alarm Testing: (sourced various websites) All smoke detectors and alarms have a test button that, when pushed, causes the alarm to sound. Also, most detectors have either a blinking or a solid light that glows to let you know that the alarm is getting power. Once a month, get up on a chair or use a broom handle for extra reach and push the test button. If you don't hear anything, then your battery is dead. If after changing the battery, the smoke detector is still not working, immediately replace it with a new one. While battery operated units have a built-in device that chirps when batteries get low, signaling the need for replacement, common wisdom dictates not waiting until that p

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