can happen by not performing periodic maintenance on your home.????
Have them cleaned at least
twice a year and make sure that the downspouts and laterals
are cleaned also. One of the biggest reasons why gutters pull away
from the house is due to the excessive amount of debris. Water management
is important for all buildings. Backed up water in the gutters can
leak into the soffits of the house. Do not allow downspouts to drain
at the foundation walls. Add extensions, at least six feet (mim) to
ensure that the water is draining away from the foundation.
VENTS: Clean lint
from clothes dryer venting system. It can be a fire
hazard. Some manufactures recommend cleaning your
vent pipe each year. Although this isn't an absolute, do it especially
if you use the plastic curly or metal tube. The pockets created in
this tubing collect lint and do pose a potential fire safety hazard.
If possible use rigid pipe, usually 4 inch diameter, with the shortest
length and least bends as possible. Venting inside is not recommended
because of potential carbon monoxide and excess moisture.
and Furnaces are often neglected. However, they cost you more if not
periodically maintained. At the least an annual cleaning
of your refrigerator coils and fan areas is recommended. All the dust,
dirt, pet hair, and other things that build up on a refrigerator causes
it to work harder and not cool as efficiently. The extra charges on
your electric bill depend on the refrigerator.
Furnaces at least have a filter to remove dust etc, but if you don't
change the filter regularly (at least twice a year),
you will incur higher gas bills caused by inefficiency.
Check and repair or replace exterior
caulking (we can never say it enough). It's been reported
in "The Friendly Handyman" magazine, that most houses have enough
leaks in them "equivalent to leaving a 2-square foot window open
all winter long! By caulking, you can close that window and save
money on heating and cooling costs! By having a caulk- ing gun
and a few high quality caulk cartridges and heading for your doors
and window, you can make your home cooler in the summer, warmer
in the winter and more resistant to moisture and bugs all year
bibs, or sill cocks as they are called are potential for winter
freezing. Older homes typically do not have "frost proof" faucets
and need attention before the cold weather arrives. A separate
isolation or shut off valve on the line to the faucet, must be
shut off. Then the outside faucet must be opened to allow the
water to drain. This should prevent freezing and a broken pipe.
If you don't have "frost proof" faucets, you still have to disconnect
any attachment to allow water to drain naturally.
Keeps Animals, especially Raccoons and Birds, from setting up home
in your chimney or fireplace. 2. Keeps Rain and moisture from
building up inside chimney. This can help reduce the chimney smell
that often invades homes in the warmer weather. 3. Sheds ice
and rain from the chimney crown, which is the cement cover on the
top of the chimney structure. This will extend the life of the crown
and eliminate some causes of cracking of the flue tile. 4. Increase
draft of chimney, especially in areas with constant wind.
best preventative maintenance that one can do is perform semi-annual
inspections to identify and solve problems as they occur. Roofs get
more abuse from the elements than any other part of the building,
and preventative maintenance is a key element to saving money on your
roof by providing a longer service life. Check all flashing's and
make sure that they are not deteriorated and there are no holes in
them. Check the mortar on chimneys and parapet walls, both in between
the brick and on top. If itís damaged or deteriorated, have it tuck-pointed.
Any mason can perform this work.
THE MOST FROM YOUR --- WATER
the Tank Turn thermostat
Close water supply valve
Open the hot water valve on faucet
Drain tank until water runs clear,
then close drain valve
Close the open faucet
Turn the water supply on
Go back to faucet and run hot
water until all air is purged
Reset thermostat on heater
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