Clean Your Fireplace

Is it time to clean your fireplace? Autumn’s colder weather evokes thoughts of a cozy fire on a cold evening. Before Winter arrives, check your fireplace and chimney for damage & hazards. Make sure to clean your fireplace, flue and chimney to prevent any unwanted and potentially disastrous chimney fires. Here are some FAQ’s from the Chimney Safety Institute

 

Clean Your Fireplace

Do you have a gas fireplace? Many people assume that a gas fireplace doesn’t require regular cleaning. However, proper cleaning and maintenance will ensure that your gas fireplace burns efficiently. Additionally, cleaning will help prevent poisonous carbon monoxide from entering your home. Make sure to schedule an annual, professional inspection to check wiring and gaskets.

There is also some cleaning you can do yourself. Clean and remove dust and debris monthly to prevent dust and dirt from harming mechanisms. With the gas turned off, you can carefully vacuum the components. Many gas fireplaces have glass doors that can become cloudy from the combustion process. Regular cleaning will help prevent the glass from becoming permanently etched.

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Gutters and Downspouts Cleaning

With summer almost over and fall rain on the way; now is the time to clean and inspect your gutters and downspouts. Make sure to flush them with a hose to ensure they are draining properly. Then, find and seal all leaks, especially at the joints. If you have damaged or rusted sections, consider having those replaced by a professional. Taking this step each fall will help to protect your roof, eaves, and foundation from water damage.
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Clean gutters and downspouts

Want to avoid cleaning your gutters and downspouts every year? There are a number of things you can do. You can always hire a professional to clean your gutters annually or bi-annually. Alternatively, there are a number of products that can help including Micro Mesh, LeafGuard and screens. However, some of these products perform better than others. Make sure to research and read reviews to discover which product is best for you.

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Home Sellers: Paint No-No’s

Home sellers: if you are thinking about selling your home, be careful with your paint. Here’s a great tip from 🧔 Bob Vila  regarding paint 🎨 colors that could scare 😨 your buyers away! We’ve included a graphic with the colors and brief description. Paint No-No’s for Home Sellers: To …

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How to Clean Your Smelly Garbage Disposal

Is your kitchen suffering from a smelly garbage disposal? No problem! Here’s how to cure and prevent it using simple, inexpensive ingredients you have in your kitchen – in 3 easy steps.

  1. Get about a dozen ice cubes and a half cup of course, rock, or Kosher salt. Put these in the disposal and turn it on. Let it run for about a minute. Turn on the hot water and let it run for another minute.
  2. Next, get a cup of white vinegar and a half cup of baking soda. Pour the baking soda into the garbage disposal and then add the vinegar. Let it fizz for 10 – 15 minutes. Put the sink-stopper in and fill the sink with hot water. Remove the stopper and turn on the disposal while the water drains out to give it a good flush.
  3. Make your smelly garbage disposal smell fresh using the peel of your favorite citrus fruit. Peel a lemon, lime, orange or other citrus fruit and grind the peel in your disposal with the water running.

Enjoy!

Smelly Garbage Disposal

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