House Maintenance – CheckThisHouse https://www.checkthishouse.com Home maintenance, remodeling, repair, and improvement tips for your property Tue, 04 Aug 2020 22:47:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.15 5 Common Appliance Problems and How to Fix Them https://www.checkthishouse.com/8606/5-common-appliance-problems-and-how-to-fix-them.html Tue, 19 May 2020 11:41:25 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8606 Common household appliances aren’t perfect and can often run into drainage or efficiency problems. Luckily, there are a few simple solutions to some of these problems that don’t require calling a maintenance person to fix it. To see what these solutions are to five common appliance problems, keep reading: Fridge Isn’t Staying Cool When your ... Read more]]> Does Painting Your Home’s Exterior Boost Its Value? https://www.checkthishouse.com/8549/painting-homes-exterior-boost-value.html Thu, 05 Mar 2020 23:49:20 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8549 painter holding a rolling brush as they paint the exterior of a home on a step ladderA beautiful house will instantly catch the eye of potential buyers. Painting the exterior of your home will have many benefits such as: Great first impressions Curb appeal Another form of protection Painting the exterior of your home can be a lot of work. But is it worth it? According to a study done by ... Read more]]> Handyman Insurance: Here’s What You Need to Know https://www.checkthishouse.com/8510/handyman-insurance.html Mon, 27 Jan 2020 20:13:57 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8510 wrench over screw and hammer over top of nail on wooden boardA handyman can fix just about anything. From fixing the leaky toilet and bathroom pipes to remodeling kitchen cabinets. Since they work in their customer’s homes, having handyman insurance to protect their business is advisable. Every type of business must have insurance coverage, and handyman businesses are no exception. In fact, as a handyman, you ... Read more]]> The Impact Windows Have on Energy Efficiency and More https://www.checkthishouse.com/8477/windows-energy-efficiency.html Wed, 13 Nov 2019 18:43:14 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8477 renovation work in an old house and replacing windows, building energy efficiencyUnless you live in a region of the country known for mild winters, you’re bracing for a drop in temperature that could easily fall below zero before it’s all said and done. And, once it hits the mark, it might hover there indefinitely. Ick. It’s enough to make most of us shudder just thinking about ... Read more]]> Best Replacement Glass Strategies- How to Replace Insulated Glass https://www.checkthishouse.com/8466/how-to-replace-insulated-glass.html Tue, 05 Nov 2019 23:43:14 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8466 woman sitting with a cup of coffee next to sunny window at homeImagine being at home on a chilly day. You are wearing your warmest clothes, but the cold air inside your home hits your skin like needles. Sunlight shines through the single glass window, and yet, the room is still cold. To ensure that your home is insulated and prepared for winter or summer, you should ... Read more]]> What Does a Home Warranty Cover? https://www.checkthishouse.com/8459/what-does-home-warranty-cover.html Fri, 25 Oct 2019 20:39:13 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8459 Happy couple holding keys to new home and house miniature - real estate conceptWhat is a Home Warranty? A home warranty is a service contract that helps homeowners cover the cost of replacement or repairs to home systems and major appliances. These policies offer a smart way to protect yourself from the unexpected expenses that come with homeownership. Benefits of a Warranty There are many reasons why you ... Read more]]> 10 Best Tips To Decorate Your Living Room in 2019 https://www.checkthishouse.com/8450/10-best-tips-to-decorate-your-living-room-in-2019.html Thu, 25 Jul 2019 15:55:35 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8450 If the kitchen is the ‘stomach’ of the house, then the living room is definitely the heart of the house. We do everything in it- welcome visitors with a bottle of wine, pull out a book on a lazy Sunday, take a nap on cool Saturday and a host of other activities are carried out ... Read more]]> Home Maintenance Tips for Selling Your Home https://www.checkthishouse.com/8446/home-maintenance-tips-for-selling-your-home.html Wed, 17 Jul 2019 03:42:09 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8446 If you just purchased your first starter home or an investment property and plan to eventually sell it, maintaining the home for resale is essential. If you’re not part of a Homeowners’ Association program, you’ll need to take care of all of the maintenance yourself, but it will pay off in the long run. As ... Read more]]> How Do You Know if Your Tile is Weeping? https://www.checkthishouse.com/8424/how-do-you-know-if-your-tile-is-weeping.html Fri, 28 Jun 2019 19:17:26 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8424 Weeping tile may sound like a sad state but, the truth is, you want your weeping tile to weep. Weeping tile is an integral part of your home’s structure and is important in ensuring that your basement stays dry and your foundation maintains a crack-free form. Once you know what weeping tile is, where to ... Read more]]> What to Look for in a Maintenance Employee https://www.checkthishouse.com/8414/what-to-look-for-in-a-maintenance-employee.html Sun, 23 Jun 2019 20:44:19 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8414 When you’re in the business of property management, there’s always something in need of repair. Busted plumbing, bad electrical, improper heating or air conditioning. All of these things can escalate if you don’t have a knowledgeable maintenance guy on-call or on-site to address the issue immediately. Left untreated, a leaky pipe can turn into a ... Read more]]> 5 Upgrade Ideas for Your Rental Property https://www.checkthishouse.com/8398/5-upgrade-ideas-for-your-rental-property.html Thu, 16 May 2019 19:39:53 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8398 If you own a rental property, it’s important that you make big upgrades once or twice per year. The only way you’re going to make money as a rental property owner is if you have tenants constantly occupying the place. But if your property is run-down or has notable deficiencies, you might have a more ... Read more]]> Don’t Forget Landscape Maintenance on Your Winter To-do List https://www.checkthishouse.com/8357/dont-forget-landscape-maintenance-on-your-winter-to-do-list.html Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:40:48 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8357 Your home is probably the most important investment you have, and you know that all of its parts and systems have to be maintained on a regular basis to keep things humming. But while you’re up-to-date on what your house needs, have you given enough thought to keeping the landscape that frames it in top ... Read more]]> Should You Sell, Throw Out or Fix the Expensive Stuff? https://www.checkthishouse.com/8349/should-you-sell-throw-out-or-fix-the-expensive-stuff.html Wed, 05 Dec 2018 21:56:53 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8349 Owning big-ticket items like a house and car is a decision not to be taken lightly, mainly because the responsibility of ownership doesn’t end with that initial purchase. When we buy something expensive, we expect it to last for a long time and are not necessarily thinking about future costs associated with repair, replacement and ... Read more]]> 3 Ways To Avoid Large Scale Bathroom Renovations https://www.checkthishouse.com/8331/3-ways-to-avoid-large-scale-bathroom-renovations.html Tue, 20 Nov 2018 19:52:21 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8331 Well-functioning bathrooms achieve a lot. When they run well and look good, they increase the value of our homes, they keep us safe from things like mold, and they allow us to feel refreshed and at home in our houses. Sometimes, though, our bathrooms themselves are in need of a refresh. As those who own ... Read more]]> Basic Ways to Prepare Your Home For Winter https://www.checkthishouse.com/8317/basic-ways-to-prepare-your-home-for-winter.html Mon, 22 Oct 2018 18:43:51 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8317 The cooler months of the year are certainly full of their own distinct charms, but for homeowners they also bring a distinct set of challenges. The precipitation levels increase, cold winds blow, and temperatures drop. Keeping our homes in good working order and ensuring they remain bright and warm doesn’t happen accidentally. Instead, it’s a ... Read more]]> Keep Your House Warm This Fall Without Breaking the Bank https://www.checkthishouse.com/8283/keep-your-house-warm-this-fall-without-breaking-the-bank.html Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:00:21 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8283 According to the U.S. Department of Energy half of what Americans spend on energy goes towards heating and cooling their homes, which means it is the single costliest energy expense for most families. The majority of us — and especially those who live in northern regions of the country — know that fall and winter ... Read more]]> How to Use Thermostat Fan ON – OFF Feature https://www.checkthishouse.com/6274/how-to-use-thermostat-fan-on-off-feature.html Fri, 11 Nov 2011 00:56:59 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=6274 Picture of the thermostat fan ON-OFF switchThermostat fan ON – OFF Use forced air heating and / or AC thermostat fan ON – OFF feature to your advantage and help your HVAC forced air system perform most efficiently. Utilizing thermostat fan ON – OFF feature will probably be more beneficial for multi-level homes equipped with just one HVAC unit and little to no air return ports assigned for each room (ie. two air returns on a two story residence / one per floor only). HVAC systems designed with a single air return port, usually installed in the center of the house or in the center of each floor, are often [...]]]> Recommended Thermostat Settings For Energy Savings https://www.checkthishouse.com/6249/recommended-thermostat-settings-for-energy-savings.html Mon, 31 Oct 2011 21:29:08 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=6249 Recommended thermostat settings savingsRecommended thermostat settings  and thermostat location Before I explain recommended thermostat settings for energy savings I’d like to point out the best and the worst thermostat locations. To maximize home energy savings and ensure the most efficient operation of your HVAC system, thermostat location should be chosen on an inside wall in a frequently occupied area of the house or the apartment. Additionally, thermostat location should be at least 18″ (46cm) from any of the house’s outside walls, and approximately 5′ (1.5m) above the floor surface in a location with freely circulating air of an average temperature. Thermostat locations you should avoid! The recommended thermostat settings [...]]]> Hot Water Heating Maintenance: Interior Fall Maintenance https://www.checkthishouse.com/6243/hot-water-heating-maintenance-interior-fall-maintenance.html Tue, 25 Oct 2011 23:51:58 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=6243 Hot water heating maintenance - circulating hot water boilerHot Water Heating Maintenance Hot water heating maintenance procedures should be an important task on your interior fall maintenance list. Hot water heating maintenance – bleeding hot water radiators once or twice a season Bleeding your radiators means releasing any air trapped in them. This hot water heating maintenance process improves your hot water heating efficiency instantly. Hot water can flow into every part of the radiator, so it does a better job of warming your room. In order to figure out your hot water heating system’s radiators performance, turn up the thermostat a few degrees above the room temperature, make sure that all [...]]]> Combustion Air Requirements for Fossil Fuel Burning Appliances https://www.checkthishouse.com/6236/combustion-air-requirements-for-fossil-fuel-burning-appliances.html Sat, 22 Oct 2011 22:21:17 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=6236 Combustion air requirements - example of a water heater, furnace, and washing equipment instalalionCombustion Air Requirements There are four possible combustion air sources in your home; House living space Attic Crawlspace House exterior In some cases combinations of the above combustion air sources is required, but the application of each has to be determined on an individual basis. EXAMPLE of the combustion air calculations For your own safety; I want you to examine the location of the fossil fuel burning appliances in your home as soon as you finish reading this chapter (furnace, water heater, fireplace, heating stove, etc.).  If you have a problem figuring combustion air requirements and determining if everything is correct, email me with detailed description of your [...]]]> Fall Maintenance | Home’s Interior Fall Maintenance Tips https://www.checkthishouse.com/5292/house-interior-maintenance-tips-fall.html Fri, 30 Sep 2011 21:13:41 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=5292 House interior fall maintenance tips - examine your attic for mold, leaks, and ventilation problemsInterior Fall Maintenance Tips The interior fall maintenance tips is a second part of home maintenance check list series dedicated to routine, seasonal tasks around your house. Follow this link: exterior fall maintenance tips for the first part of those important home maintenance procedures. We’ll start interior fall maintenance tips check list from the top of your house. 1. Evaluate your house’s attic for signs of leaks, moisture, and mold / compare suspect areas with any exterior roof observations you may have and correct issues. Moisture and mold presence might be a result of ventilation problems and during the cold season is when an [...]]]> Anode Rod, WH shut-down & Combustion Air: Water Heater Maintenance Part 3 https://www.checkthishouse.com/6075/water-heater-maintenance-3-anode-rod-shut-down-combustion-air.html Sun, 17 Apr 2011 00:22:39 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=6075 You have reached Part 3 of Tank Gas Water Heater Maintenance Water Heater Maintenance Part 1 Water Heater Maintenance Part 2 Water Heater Maintenance Part 3 Use the navigation above to revisit Parts 1 & 2 of this important gas water heater maintenance procedure. Part 3 covers the following: Sacrificial Anode Rod maintenance Vacation and ... Read more]]> Tank Gas Water Heater Maintenance 2: TPRV, Tank Drainage, Flue-Way https://www.checkthishouse.com/6049/tank-gas-water-heater-maintenance-2-tprv-tank-flue.html Sat, 16 Apr 2011 14:20:14 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=6049 Second part of the tank gas water heater maintenance explains: TPR valve maintenance, water heater tank drainage, and internal flu-way maintenance / venting.]]> Gas Water Heater Maintenance 1 | How To Maintain Tank Water Heaters https://www.checkthishouse.com/6043/gas-water-heater-maintenance-tank-water-heaters.html Sat, 16 Apr 2011 03:53:59 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=6043 House Spring Maintenance Schedule, Preventive Repairs Checklist https://www.checkthishouse.com/5301/spring-house-maintenance-spring-schedule-preventive-repairs-checklist.html Thu, 17 Mar 2011 03:14:26 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=5301 If you are looking for the spring house maintenance schedule this is the right place - click to watch the video and print the checklist.]]> Roof Rain Gutter Downspout Maintenance & Cleaning Tips https://www.checkthishouse.com/5643/roof-rain-gutter-downspout-maintenance-downspout-cleaning.html Thu, 23 Sep 2010 20:13:02 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=5643 Roof Rain Gutter Downspout MaintenanceThe amount of the roof rain gutter downspout maintenance depends mostly on the rain gutter maintenance and the downspout bottom end / its extension condition. There's not much to worry about if you're living in a tree-free neighborhood, where your rain gutter downspout will (in most cases) require no maintenance. However, every tree located close to your house will increase the chances of losing some of your valuable time on rain gutter downspout maintenance. The closer and taller the trees are, the more maintenance might be required. The simplest method to minimize it and keep the gutter downspout interior clean is to install the rain gutter strainer. The gutter strainer will stop leafs and other debris from flowing into the downspout, and in some cases, contaminating it. You have to remember to clean the gutter strainer periodically (depending on the number of trees surrounding your house) to prevent it from blocking the water flow. Your rain gutter downspout should do OK without the gutter strainer if there are no trees in your area. Clogged Rain Gutter Downspout 1. Observe your rain gutter downspout discharge while it’s raining. If there's little or no water coming out the downspout bottom end - check the gutter outlet first (top of the downspout / at the rain gutter attachment point). If it's contaminated - clean it and watch if that improves the water flow.]]> How to Clean Gutters and Other Gutter Cleaning Tips https://www.checkthishouse.com/5618/rain-gutter-maintenance-gutter-leaf-guard-gutter-screen.html Mon, 20 Sep 2010 03:05:39 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=5618 GFCI Maintenance | Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter Testing https://www.checkthishouse.com/5571/gfci-maintenance-ground-fault-circuit-interrupter-testing.html Wed, 15 Sep 2010 01:21:22 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=5571 GFCI maintenance is a very simple and extremely important procedure. Just like many other house maintenance tasks, maintaining functional and properly operating GFCI outlet receptacles will ensure that you and your family are protected from a ground fault. Ground Fault - it's when the electricity, instead of following its normal path - electrical wire - passes through a person's body to the ground. That person becomes a conductor (wire) and you may know this condition as an electrical shock. * Never paint GFCI outlet receptacle! If you've just moved into the house and installed GFCI's are covered with paint - replace them immediately. Removing paint from their surface is not enough, even if Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter appears to be responding to the test buttons. * Never insert into an outlet receptacle objects other than a plug designed for its configuration. * Avoid spilling liquids onto the device - it could result in permanent damage or malfunctioning. Testing is the most important part of the GFCI maintenance routine and it should be performed on monthly basis. The reason is very simple - Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter outlet receptacles are just like any other electronic devices - sometimes they fail.]]> Smoke Alarm Maintenance, Cleaning, and Battery Replacement https://www.checkthishouse.com/5558/smoke-alarm-maintenance-cleaning-and-battery-replacement.html https://www.checkthishouse.com/5558/smoke-alarm-maintenance-cleaning-and-battery-replacement.html#comments Sat, 11 Sep 2010 03:36:01 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=5558 Test the smoke alarm once a week by pressing the Test-Reset buttonSmoke alarm maintenance (and smoke detector) is a very simple task and should be performed in addition to weekly testing and yearly battery replacement (some manufacturers might suggest to replace the battery twice a year) - put it on your house maintenance priority list! ]]> https://www.checkthishouse.com/5558/smoke-alarm-maintenance-cleaning-and-battery-replacement.html/feed 2 Carbon Monoxide Alarm Maintenance | CO Alarm Testing https://www.checkthishouse.com/5540/carbon-monoxide-alarm-maintenance-co-alarm-testing.html Wed, 08 Sep 2010 22:02:13 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=5540 Carbon Monoxide Warning LabelCarbon monoxide alarm maintenance doesn't require any special skills from you. However, just like the smoke alarm maintenance it is something that should become a routine for you. Those few minutes dedicated to CO alarm maintenance and testing might be a difference between life and death.]]> House Safety Maintenance Checklist – Do It Now https://www.checkthishouse.com/5304/house-safety-maintenance-checklist-do-it-now.html Thu, 02 Sep 2010 04:01:33 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=5304 House Roof Asphalt Shingles Maintenance Tips https://www.checkthishouse.com/5449/house-roof-asphalt-shingle-maintenance-tips.html Mon, 30 Aug 2010 21:30:12 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=5449 Fall Maintenance Tips | Exterior Fall Maintenance Check List https://www.checkthishouse.com/5295/house-exterior-maintenance-tips-fall.html Sun, 29 Aug 2010 02:57:35 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=5295 Anytime House Maintenance | Small, Preventive Repairs Always Help https://www.checkthishouse.com/5307/anytime-house-maintenance-small-preventive-repairs-always-help.html Wed, 25 Aug 2010 22:45:06 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=5307