Minor Repairs

Well now that we are into Mid January 2018, some of us are looking at Super Bowl or other festivities. Some maybe like this is the time to take care of some small “Minor Maintenance” around the home. Lets face it. Its cold outside and these small jobs need to be attended too. So why not now. Below will be a small list of small ideas of how you can do it yourself or what to look for to get a professional to do it for you. So lets begin.

Every few months of the year its a great idea to take a peek around the home in the areas that we take for granted. For example, ever think about looking behind the dryer to make sure the dryer vent is connected. Every think you can clean the dryer vent out yourself in most cases.  When is the last time you really checked the window frames and caulk. Yeah, maybe some dirt you get on the bottom but the screen holds dust too. What about the tub or shower caulk and grout. That is huge. Grout is the only defense before moisture gets in the behind the walls. The caulk is usually at the base line of a tub and again will stop water from gaining entry under the tile or enclosure.

But here are a few ideas I am sure you do not think about.  The ceiling fans on the upper part. They are a dust magnet. The globes on the ceiling lights, same and also you can see if there maybe any water stains on them. Maybe a small leak has occurred on the upper toilet.  Speaking of toilets, is your commode caulked to the floor. Has it turned colors from white to yellow? Is there a small drip on the tank in the rear. All little things that can add up when they break or certain elements fail. Or what about the GFCI receptacle and AFCI breakers. These will fail without knowledge. Its ok to press the test button.

Now for the last one. My favorite. Who has an access panel to the shower, jet tub or sunk in tub? When is the last time you opened it. In there yes you will see piping and valves. Also underneath you may see the bottom of the shower receptor or tub. They have a gasket. Eventually all gaskets expire. Valves have a packing nut and again they expire. Also the shower head has a threaded connection and eventually the pipe goo will expire on the threaded nipple.

So, I hope that on a cold wintry weekend you may have some ideas of what to look for during your annual maintenance check up and cleaning.  Remember, don’t look at this as if you are going to find something. Do this check list as to familiarize yourself with the home a bit better. You never know what you may find. At the very least you may find the start of an element to fail or you just cleaned a year of dust off the fan.

We hope this blog helps and thanks again for reading. If you have any questions or would like us to come out to check these and many more items, feel free to call us anytime. 352-437-5300. So if you are in the Zephyrhills, Land O Lakes, Trinity or Hudson area let us know if we can help. We will be glad to email you a full check list to help you out. (pascoremodel@gmail.com)

fall maintenance

Fall Maintenance

As we are approaching the autumn season, home owners will have the exterior maintenance tasks coming up. Now I know working in the yard or doing other projects is not priority during football season. However, did you know we have a free annual maintenance check list. Yes. We give this to home owners to help guide them along the way to keep up with these tasks.

For example, during the fall we have the raking of the leaves which everyone is used too. But did you think of your outside water faucet? Or what about checking around the foundation for potential leaks and cracks. While you are cleaning the leaves out of the gutters, that may be a great time to have gutter guards installed. Additionally, maybe inspect the roof and flashing around the vents. Did you ever think about the exterior lighting? Adding lights in the garden can help with the frost so it does not kill your vegetables. Also if you have a pond with fish or little fountain now is the time to clean that out before we head into winter.

As you can see, these are just a few of some those items that we need to put on our to do list for the fall season. And Pasco Home Remodeling & Repair is here to help you. We can assist in many items for your exterior maintenance. For a free check list email or call our office anytime. 352-437-5300 or pascoremodel@gmail.com


Sample check list below:

1.Roof: Check the roof and around vents, skylights, and chimneys for leaks. Repair as necessary.

2. Attic: If there is no ridge vent, keep gable vents open year-round to ensure proper ventilation.

3. Gutters: Clean the gutters and drain pipes so leaves won’t clog them and be sure they drain away from the house. (Fall: In cold-climate areas) Drain outside faucets.

4. Fireplace: Clean the fireplace of ashes. (Fall) Check the chimney for loose or missing mortar. Have the chimney professionally cleaned. Make sure the damper closes tightly. (Spring) Leave the damper open for improved ventilation if the home is not air-conditioned.

5. Filters: Remember to clean or replace filters once a month, or as needed. Check and clean the dryer vent, air conditioner, stove hood, and room fans. Keep heating and cooling vents clean and free from furniture and draperies.

6. Safety Equipment: Ensure that all smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers are in good working order. Replace batteries in appropriate devices as needed, or at least twice each year.

7. Air Conditioner: (Fall: In cold-climate areas) Remove window air-conditioners, or put weatherproof covers on them.

8. Refrigerator: Make sure your refrigerator door seals are airtight. Test them by closing the door over a dollar bill. If you can pull the bill out easily, the latch may need to be adjusted or the seal may need to be replaced. In addition, if you have a coil-back refrigerator, vacuum the coils at least twice each year. Your refrigerator will run more efficiently with clean coils. Also, stock up! A full refrigerator uses less energy than an empty one.

9. Faucets: Check for leaky faucets in the kitchen and bathroom(s). Replace washers as necessary.

10. Windows and Doors: Seal drafty doors and windows. If you added up all of the small cracks where heating and cooling escapes from a home, it would be the same as having a window open. Replace seals as needed.

11. Storm Windows and Screens: (Fall) Take down screens (if removable type) and replace with storm windows. (Spring) Remove, clean, and store storm windows (if removable). Check and patch all door and window screens. Put screens up (if removable type).

12. Siding and Paint: Look for cracks and holes in house siding or paint. Replace caulk if necessary. A carpet knife can work well for cutting away old caulking from house siding. Slice down alongside it from both directions with the hook-like blade, then use the knife to lift out the old caulk bead intact.

13. Check all baseboards and flooring with slab grade homes. This could be a sign of moisture intrustion.

14. Heating System: (Fall) Have the heating system serviced. Change filters.

15. Hot Water Heater: (Fall) Drain the hot water heater. Remove sediment from the bottom of the tank.