Summer has definitely hit Portland. It’s time for homeowners to enjoy the dry weather and get some of those pesky “To Dos” off of their home maintenance checklists. While you probably have a home maintenance to-do list for your own home, we wanted to point out a few tasks that you likely don’t have on the list.
1. Get your drains and sewers serviced.
If you plan to have plenty of family and friends over this summer, it’s important to make sure your sewer and drain lines are free and clear – and won’t back up on you! The last thing you need to deal with in the heat is a flooded bathroom or damaged sewer line.
2. Clean and close up your chimney.
You may have already closed your flu, but have you gotten your chimney cleaned? Many homeowners wait until fall to get this chore done – and have to wait on long lists with chimney cleaning companies. Get your chimney servicing down now so that you can use your fireplace again as soon as the weather turns chilly.
3. Install an energy-efficient thermostat.
Depending on whether you have central air or not, you may have considered switching to an energy efficient or green thermostat this summer. If you haven’t, or if your home just has heating and no air conditioning, it can still be a big money-saver to use modern technology to manage your heating and cooling systems.
4. Do a home safety check.
With the cool evening breezes flowing through Portland this summer, it can be tempting to leave a screen door or multiple windows open every night. Before leaving your home exposed, be sure to do a thorough safety check of each window and door. It may be a better idea to create a cross breeze with windows on upper floors or that are inconveniently placed for climbing than to just open any window or door that is convenient.
Understanding the susceptible parts of your home also provides the added benefit of giving you peace of mind if you leave home and realize you left a window open. Your home may get hot – but if you did your safety check properly, it’s not likely to be open to any wrongdoing.
5. Clean areas that you never get to.
When was the last time you cleaned your refrigerator coils or the attic fan? The answer for many homeowners is “never.” There are many “out of sight, out of mind” locations in your home that you may not usually think about, including:
- Refrigerator door gasket
- Refrigerator coils
- Range hood and filter
- Bathroom vent fans
- Kitchen and bathroom drains
- Ceiling fans
- Clothes dryer vent pipe
- Filters for your AC unit and water/ice maker
- Hot water heater
- Air conditioner drain line
- Any crawl spaces
- Attic fan
We know you have a lot to accomplish this summer! Let us know if we can make your task list a little shorter. Contact Clog Busters LLC today for your drain cleaning and sewer needs.