Easy Tips For Maintaining Your Gresham Home

Easy Tips For Maintaining Your Gresham Home

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Keep Your Family Safe With a Well Maintained Home

Once you’ve purchased the home of your dreams, you may think that most of the work is behind you. However, Gresham homeowners who work to maintain their home will find their home is more safe and welcoming. Maintaining your Gresham home means making sure it is clean and that everything functions properly.

Previously, we talked about how Gresham homeowners can get into the habit of maintaing your Gresham home for health and safety by inspecting it for any potential trouble spots. Once you know which places to observe, you will be able to easily spot anything that needs to be repaired or replaced. By doing this regularly, you prevent small problems from becoming larger, more costly problems.

7 Simple Tasks for Regular Home Maintenance

Here’s a list of tasks that Gresham homeowners can perform regularly to maintain their homes.

Control Dust

Dust can easily become a serious health hazard. Dust contains particles of feces and dust mites, which cause allergies and aggravate asthma. Dust can also carry bits of chemicals that come off of items that have been in your home, such as lead and pesticides. When dusting, use a dampened cloth so that the dust will better adhere to the cloth. Items such as throw rugs should also be routinely washed.

Vacuum Regularly

Vacuum your carpets at least twice a week. Vacuuming helps to remove dust, pet dander, dirt, and other contaminants that could cause illness. When vacuuming, move and vacuum behind furniture and other objects. To help keep dirt levels and other harmful substances out of the house, remove shoes before entering. Shoes can track anything that has been stepped on into the home, such as dirt, feces, chemicals, and more.

Check The Exterior

While inspecting the exterior of your Gresham home, look for signs of wear and tear and make the appropriate repairs. Check for decay or damage to the trim around doors and windows. Repaint and repair home siding and trim that has become loose or where paint has begun to peel.

Check The Windows And Walls

The windows and walls of your Gresham home can be a source of health problems if not well maintained. Gresham homeowners should check these areas every spring and fall. Prevent drafts and excess moisture from entering the home by replacing or repairing any caulking around your Gresham home’s doors and windows. Replace or repair any cracked windows. Check for evidence of termites in your home’s interior walls. Make sure that screens are intact to ensure that certain types of pests are being kept out of your Gresham home.

Keep Moisture Under Control

Moisture in your Gresham home can easily lead to mold, which in turn can cause numerous health problems. Moisture is also known to attract rodents and insects. Be sure to repair any leaky sinks or pipes as quickly as possible. Use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom to reduce humidity while cooking or showering. Open windows if you don’t have fans. Leaking roofs should be repaired as quickly as possible.

Keep Air Filters Clean

Gresham homeowners should be vigilant about cleaning air filters. Dirty or clogged air filters can result in damage to air conditioning systems, or even in extreme cases, a breakdown or a fire. Clean air filters, on the other hand, can help keep pollution out of the air. Cleaning air filters is easy. When you take them out, you can either clean them for reuse or replace them. Some can be cleaned by simply shaking them off, while others might require a good brushing. Either way, it is best to clean any kind of air filter outside to keep dirt from circulating in the house. This should be done once a month.

Maintain Heating And Cooling Systems

Heating and air conditioning systems work by circulating hot or cold air through your Gresham house. When not properly maintained, they can become a major potential conductor of pollution in the home. Periodic cleaning of vents and the cleaning or replacement of filters is an essential part of a healthy home maintenance checklist. Regular maintenance also prevents performance losses or even breakdowns.

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Safety And Maintenance Issues To Look For In Your Gresham Home

Safety And Maintenance Issues To Look For In Your Gresham Home

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How To Maintain Your Gresham Home to Keep it Healthy and Safe

A home is a huge responsibility, and one of the things Gresham homeowners need to be prepared for is the task of regular home maintenance. Your home belongs to you, and your pride will show through regular maintenance of your home and the condition in which it is kept. Maintaining your Gresham home is the best way to keep it safe and healthy by assuring that all systems function properly, such as the plumbing and heating, etc. Problems that can arise from neglecting to maintain your Gresham home can include poor air quality (in the form of mold and other allergens), drafts, disease-carrying rodents, and invasive insects. Even problems with dangerous gases, such as radon, may prove a problem in homes that do not have a home maintenance plan in use.

Household cleaning and home maintenance doesn’t have to be overwhelming, though. Once you get yourself into the habit of looking for and fixing potential problems as soon as they occur, it becomes easier.

Observe Your House for Potential Problems

It starts by observing your home. Take your house in, look at it carefully. When you make yourself familiar with your Gresham home, you will know where potential problems are likely to arise. This makes the continued task of maintaining your Gresham home easier as time goes on.

Look for texture or color changes. Look for things that aren’t level. When you walk, does the floor seems soft or unstable? Does it make a noise? Touch discolored areas to see if they are damp. Smell for musty odors. Do you or your family members sneeze or get headaches in certain areas of your home?

Here’s a guide of 9 areas to observe as you inspect your home for potential problem areas:

  1. Siding at lower levels, deck connections, under windows and doors, around the chimney.
  2. Sagging or cracked masonry stoop, steps, or foundation; erosion.
  3. High-stress windows and doors, sills, and caps, i.e., those without overhangs or with southern exposure or without storms or gutters.
  4. Trim around the chimney, under roof valleys, under poorly hung gutters, at corners or ends, discolored or mildewed wood.
  5. Water that collects or runs toward the house.
  6. Floors that are soft, unstable, or discolored near exterior doors; in bathrooms around toilets and tubs; cracking kitchen tiles.
  7. Discolored or peeling paint inside or out.
  8. Cracks in walls, especially emanating from window and door corners.
  9. Basement or crawlspace water or sweating ductwork.

The more you take care of your Gresham home, the more it will take care of you. Knowing that your home is functioning properly to keep you and your family safe and healthy will put you at ease and allow you to enjoy your home to the fullest. Once you have identified problem areas around your home that require maintenance, follow with these easy tips for maintaining your Gresham home.

Stonebridge Mortgage Group Offers Guidance On All Mortgage Matters

For professional mortgage services, look no further than Stonebridge Mortgage Group. You can rely on Stonebridge Mortgage Group to help guide you through the entire home buying process. We help you with the pre-approval process and assist with real estate loans and other mortgage solutions, both residential and commercial. Stonebridge Mortgage Group serves the greater Portland area and is located in Gresham, Oregon.

 

Don’t wait to buy your new home! Call us today at 503.661.5580

 

Tips for Avoiding Allergens at Home

Tips for Avoiding Allergens at Home

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Springtime brings a case of the sneezes and allergy irritations every year for many people. Reducing contact with things that trigger your allergies is the first step for controlling them. Even if you don’t personally suffer from allergies, cutting out allergens can still be a healthy choice. Studies have found that dust in your home can contain potentially harmful substances such as phthalates and flame retardants. So how can you avoid allergens in your home?

Control Your Air

It may be tempting to open the windows during spring to let that fresh air in – but is it really so fresh? Opening your windows allows allergens from outside to enter your home. Try cooling off with your A/C unit instead. This can also help lower the humidity and make it harder for mold and dust mites to grow.

Be sure to maintain your A/C, though. For window units, clean the filter regularly and watch out for little black dots around openings where the cool air comes out. This may indicate there’s mold inside and that it’s time for a new unit. For central A/C, go with a high-efficiency disposable filter and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how often to change it.

Try an Air Purifier

Portable air purifiers remove pollutants from the air, which is great for those with allergies. An air purifier can only work one room at a time, though. Be advised to stay away from “electrostatic precipitator” or “ionizer” purifiers, which can emit ozone and irritate your lungs.

Vacuum Regularly

Dust in your home can contain a number of nasty things – dust mites, mold, pollen, animal dander or fur, and even cockroach droppings. Vacuum weekly to get all the nasties out of your home. Those with allergies may want to consider a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Additionally, bagged vacuums release less allergens back into the air than bagless models when they need to be cleaned out.

Move to Showering at Night

By washing at night before bed, you rinse off the allergens that have attached themselves to you during the day and lower the risk of bringing those allergens into your bed.

Clean Your Bedding Correctly

Dust mites, microscopic creatures that feed on dead skin cells, can accumulate in the fabric of your bedding. This is especially troublesome if you’re allergic to them. Wash sheets and pillow cases regularly. Some washing machines have a built-in heater with a sanitation setting, but an extra wash may help remove more allergens. Consider buying “woven fabric” sheets with a fabric pore size of 6 micrometers or less. This means that a dust mite can’t penetrate the fabric.

Keeping your home clean and allergen free will both allow you to relax more and help you to maintain it better. You should take pride in your home and taking care of it is a huge part of home owning.

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For professional assistance with mortgages, look no further than Stonebridge Mortgage Group. You can rely on Stonebridge Mortgage Group to help guide you through the home buying process. If you’re ready to apply for a loan and want to go through the process online, Stonebridge Mortgage Group offers online applications. We also help get you pre-approved for a mortgage and help with your real estate loans and other mortgage solutions, both residential and commercial. Stonebridge Mortgage Group serves the greater Portland area and are in Gresham, Oregon. Don’t wait to get quality assistance with buying your home!

 

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