How to Prep Your House for Bad Weather – Part 2. North Star Clean of Wisconsin.
Previously, we provided some practical tips on inspecting windows, roofs and gutters — and making sure they were all in good shape. Why? Because winter and bad weather is coming!
Being prepared for cold, windy, rainy and snowy weather is important. Preparation means you will — hopefully — avoid water, mold, wind, fire and smoke damage to your home.
Don’t neglect to disconnect
Those beautiful spring, summer and fall days mean you are gardening, watering and taking care of the outside. But winter is a different story. Before the grip of cold weather sets in, take a few minutes to walk around outside the home and disconnect any hoses connected to faucets. If you are able to, turn off the outside faucets from inside the home just in case a pipe were to freeze and break. A broken faucet or pipe means water can flood the interior of your home.
Inspect the HVAC
It doesn’t cost that much to have a professional heating, ventilation and air conditioning company inspect your heating and cooling system. Be sure to have a company inspect and clean any chimneys you use. A puff-back of smoke is expensive to clean up, and the unthinkable event of a fire can be avoided with preventative maintenance.
Keep them charged
Your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are your silent sentinels, diligently protecting your family. Test your detectors monthly and change the batteries, even if they still seem to be working fine, every six months. Perhaps do this when you change the clocks for daylight savings time in the spring and fall.
Being prepared is smart. But if something does happen to your home, be sure to reach out to your disaster restoration pro!
Three Steps to a Cleaner Home. North Star Clean of Wisconsin.
It’s a never-ending chore, tasks that must be done each day, each week, each month, each year…
That’s right — keeping your house nice and clean and healthy for your family.
Keeping your home clean is much easier if you have an easy-to-keep schedule, especially if you concentrate on “preventative maintenance.” If you think ahead and plan your cleaning tasks appropriately, you will find you aren’t stuck an entire weekend playing catch-up with house cleaning chores.
Here are a few tips to an always-clean home.
#1: Keep the dirt outside
Be sure to have quality welcome/walk-off mats outside your front door and any other entry door you frequently use. A small — but polite — sign that asks visitors to remove their shoes is a huge step to keeping dirt and grime outside (or at least at the front door.)
#2: Stop the stacking
In the kitchen, that is. It’s easy to let dishes and other mealtime items to pile and stack up, with dirty dishes slowly taking over the kitchen sink and nearby countertops. Instead, make it a habit that after mealtimes or snacks that everything is washed, cleaned and put away immediately. If you use it, you clean it.
#3: Team effort
It can be challenging, especially when everyone is running all over the place trying to get to work and school, but if the entire family pitches in and spends just a few minutes on making beds, tidying up bedrooms, cleaning up after themselves, first thing in the morning… then the house is much cleaner for the entire day. In addition, plan a short amount of time each week where the family all works together to “speed clean” the home, picking up and putting away items laying around, dusting, vacuuming, sweeping and more.