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.

 

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8 DIY Tips to Increase Home Safety

8 DIY Tips to Increase Home Safety

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Increasing the safety of your home may seem like a large task. The truth is, there are many simple tasks you can do around your home to increase the safety of yourself and your loved ones. These tasks will protect you from harm and allow you to feel more relaxed in your home.

These tasks can be accomplished quickly and on your own, without the help of a professional. Even these simple, do-it-yourself safety tips can make your home more secure and safe.

  1. Prevent your pipes from freezing. No one wants to deal with the pain of replacing a pipe that’s busted due to water freezing. You can make sure pipes that are turned on stay above 32 degrees Fahrenheit by adding extra insulation or keeping cabinet doors open for better airflow.
  2. Be prepared for an emergency. Get a 72-hour kit for your home and car in case of an emergency.
  3. Test your detectors. Test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors monthly by holding the “test” button until you hear the loud siren. If it’s silent, replace the batteries or purchase a new detector.
  4. Have a fire escape route. Add fire escape ladders in all second-story and higher rooms. In case of a fire, make sure everyone knows the safest and quickest escape route.
  5. Inspect your fire extinguisher. Check the pressure gauge to see if the needle is in the green. If it’s outside of this zone, replace or service it. Also, examine the hose and nozzle for cracks, because you’ll need to replace your fire extinguisher if the locking pin on the handle is missing or the handle is broken.
  6. Protect against electrical surges. Ensure electrical outlets are covered and not overloaded. Add protective coverage if children are in the home.
  7. Install a water alarm. Having a water alarm in your basement will help prevent flooding.
  8. Monitor gas and water measurements. Know where your gas and water are measured and where the shut off valves are in case of a leak.

These are just a few easy ways you can protect both your home and your family. Your home is your greatest investment. Giving your home extra attention and care will mean that your home is better able to protect you.

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3 Ways to Improve Safety at Home

3 Ways to Improve Safety at Home

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Your home is your haven, the place you rest, play, relax, and enjoy being with loved ones. And yet, it is entirely possible for accidents to happen in your home and cause injury or much worse. You can put the odds in your favor by taking a few simple precautions to protect yourself against injuries and hazards that can occur in the home with these home safety tips.

Install Lifesaving Alarms

Make sure you have a working smoke alarm on each level of your home, including the attic and the basement. Between 2009 and 2013, fires in homes with no smoke alarms caused an average of 940 deaths per year, and an additional 510 people per year were killed in fires in which smoke alarms were present but failed to operate, according to the National Fire Protection Association. When choosing a fire alarm, make sure it has both a photoelectric sensor (for smoldering fires) and an ionization sensor (for fast-flaming fires). Keep alarms with ionization sensors away from bathrooms and kitchens. Make sure all the smoke alarms in your home are interconnected, so you’ll be alerted of the fire no matter which level or levels the fire and you are on.

Having a carbon monoxide alarm on each level, especially if you have a gas dryer, range, other fuel-burning equipment, or an attached garage, is useful as well. Be sure to include one in your basement and near the garage.

Both carbon monoxide and smoke alarms should be tested monthly. Vacuum them occasionally to prevent a build of up dust from interfering with their sensors and follow the user’s manual to find out how often to replace batteries and the devices themselves, based on the life expectancy of their sensors.

Eliminate Trip Hazards

More than 10,000 people die from falls in their home yearly and a greater number are injured. Make sure your furniture doesn’t block or partially block your regular routes through your home. For example, make sure you have a clear path from your bed to the door of your bedroom. Keep things like pet bowls and electric cords running along walls rather than across your walkways. Throw rugs can skid, so either get rid of them or be sure to use carpet tacks or double-sided carpet tape to keep them steady. Rubber mats, non-slip strips, and grab bars in your tub/shower can prevent many accidents. If you decide to remodel, consider going with anti-slip flooring materials wherever possible.

Protect Against Burns

Yearly in the US, approximately 486,000 people are treated for burn injuries according to the American Burn Association. While you can lower the maximum heat of your water heater to about 120° F to prevent scalds, this can also possibly invite opportunistic bacteria—including Legionella, associated with Legionnaires’ disease—to proliferate. To balance both risks, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) advocates setting domestic water heaters to a temperature of 140° F and using anti-scald devices such as thermostatic mixing valves at each faucet. These devices work by mixing hot and cold water to a safe temperature before letting it flow from the faucet. They are commonly found in the plumbing systems of newer homes and are often built into newer fixtures. Certain shower fixtures even allow you to set a temperature limit.

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