Home Maintenance Tips

Home Maintenance Tips

If you are continually finding yourself making repairs around the house or worrying about your home, you came to the right place. McDougal is here to provide you with easy weekly and monthly home maintenance tips.  

Weekly Tips: 

Clean Window Sills

Cleaning does not mean merely wiping down your windows with Windex. In addition to doing so, clear out your window sills. Clearing out debris that fills up your window sills will avoid breakage from water pressure.  

Wipe Down Kitchen Stove and Appliances  

Your kitchen stove is designed to catch all the grease from cooking specifically, but you can prevent the buildup by de-greasing your vent at least once a week. Don’t forget to also wipe down the inside of your microwave, oven, and refrigerator as well.  

Vacuum the Floors  

As we know, our floors gather dust and dirt quicker than we can keep up. Whether you have carpet or not, it is essential to keep your floors clean. Investing in a quality vacuum will help prevent your floors from having an excessive amount of build-up.  

Clean Dryer Vents

Every time you dry your clothes, more and more lint is added to the dryer vent. Not cleaning this out can cause your dryer to be less effective and even worse, can create a fire hazard.  

Monthly Tips:  

Check and Replace Air Filters

Whether you are living in West Texas, or not, you should be checking and replacing your air filters at least once a month. Doing so can cut your energy bills by 15% and keep you from getting sick.  

Test Smoke Alarms  

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, you should test your smoke alarms monthly. It won’t take more than a few minutes to do and can be a lifesaver.  

Freshen up your Drains and Sink Disposal  

The first thing most people notice when they walk into a house is typically the smell. To keep your home smelling fresh, clean out the kitchen sink disposal. We recommend grinding up a lemon or orange peel that will break down old bits of food and leave the scent of your house smelling much cleaner.  

Clean Ceiling Fan Blades

Many people don’t think to do this because you can’t always see the dust layering up on your fan, but it’s still building up. We have an easy solution to help you effectively clean your ceiling fan blades.  

  1. Get a towel or old sheet to lay on the floor.  
  2. Find an old pillowcase or cleaning cloth.
  3. Spray with a mixture of water and two tablespoons of distilled white vinegar.  
  4. Wrap each blade to wipe off the dust and dry with a cloth.