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Home Maintenance Tips For the Chandler Area

Follow These Tips to Maintain Your Home in Chandler

The best way to make sure your home gains in value is to maintain it. That means more than just sweeping out the front porch and vacuuming the carpets. Here’s a handy checklist of some things you can do to keep your home in top shape.

Regular inspection is the key to a well-maintained house. You should do this twice yearly. The beginning of spring and the end of fall are good times to walk through your home.

• Check your chimney for loose bricks and rust.

• Look over your roof for missing or chipped shingles.

• Clean out your gutters and spouts. Make sure they’re securely fastened.

• Check your exterior walls for cracks, peeling paint or other damage.

• Does water settle around the house instead of draining away? You may need to add more topsoil near the house to improve the soil grading.

• You should make certain the doors and windows all open, shut and lock properly. Touch up any peeling or cracked weather stripping.

• Seal your wooden porches and decks every year to protect against rot.

• Inspect your attic and crawlspaces for any signs of water damage, rot or fungal growth.

Clean Your Eaves and Gutters Twice a Year

Water and debris trapped in your home’s gutters can inflict terrible damage on the roof and exterior siding. To prevent this, gutters must be cleaned regularly.

• Before cleaning your gutters, choose a safe way to access the roof, preferably with a sturdy ladder. Don’t lean the ladder against the gutters. They aren’t designed to support that kind of weight.

• Remove leaves and twigs from the gutters with a garden trowel or gutter scoop.

• Moisten up any dirt clogs in the gutter, then remove them with your trowel.

• Flush out the spouts with a garden hose. If the water doesn’t run freely, use a plumber’s snake to clear the spout.

How to Winterize Your Pool

If you live in Chandler, it’s a good chance your house has a pool. As fun as a pool can be, they do need some care. Here’s a checklist to help close down your pool for the winter months.

• Find all your winterizing supplies. You’ll need a cover, winterizing chemicals, and an air compressor or shop vacuum.

• Clean the filter by backwashing it thoroughly.

• Disconnect the pump and filter.

• Drain the heater if your pool has one.

• Unscrew and loosen any fittings around the pump to prevent freeze cracks.

• Remove all return jet fittings.

• Blow out the water from the return jet pipes.

• Blow out any skimmer pipes to clear them of water.

• Blow out the main drain pipe.

• Remove any toys or floats from the pool.

• Mix up and add winterizing chemicals.

• Place the winter cover over the pool. Make sure it’s secure and won’t slide into the water.

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