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Getting ready for spring

Getting Ready for Spring – Spring Cleaning and Maintenace

As spring approaches, we all long for sunny days, flowers, and warmer weather. The changing of seasons is also a great time to evaluate your home and catch up on some simple organizing and maintenance tasks.  A little effort spent in maintenance pays for itself ten times over in money save on costly repairs.  Let Peerless give you some great advice on Spring Cleaning and Maintenance .

Exterior

1)  Clean your gutters: The purpose of a gutter is to carry water away from a building. If gutters are not cleaned, material such as leaves and other debris will build up in it and water will overflow onto the building and foundation. Gutters can be cleaned by scooping out debris by hand and then rinsing the gutter with a hose or pressure washer.

2) Get an HVAC checkup:  Before you need to use your air conditioner it is a good idea to have a maintenance check.  You technician will check for proper refrigerant levels and check for leaks. They should clean the evaporator and condenser coils, check lubrication, calibrate thermostats, and clean and replace filters. Keeping your air conditioner maintained will not only save on repair costs, it will also help reduce your electric bill.

3) Stain and seal wood decks: The winter  is really hard on wood decks. They are constantly exposed to the harsh weather. A new coat of stain can prevent costly replacement.

4) Inspect your roof: Look for caulk that is cracked or rust spots on flashing as well as shingles that are missing or broken. Buckling of shingles may also be an issue. Do you have a chimney?  Make sure you chimney cap is in good shape. Moss could be an indication of issues, but black algae stains are generally only cosmetic.

5) Repair paint: Painted surfaces should stay painted and sealed to protect the wood underneath. In order to maintain it, scrape off any chipped and peeling paint and repaint exposed surfaces.

6) Trim over growth:  Trees and shrubs too close to your home can conduct moisture onto your roof and siding. A lot of over growth can also encourage squirrels and raccoons to take up in the eaves and attic. Trim them back at least 5 to 7 feet from your house.In addition, with spring comes spring rain and storms. This may be a good time to assess your larger trees and branches for their potential to break and fall in heavy wind.

Interior 

1) Simplify: One of the reasons that maintenance and organization has become such a chore, is that modern life requires that we have so much stuff. Go through your closets, cupboards, even your shelves and dressers, and decide if you really want to keep all those things. In Marie Condo’s book, “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up”, she asks the readers to consider their possessions and ask, “Does this Spark Joy?” If not, don’t keep it.

 Don’t just throw it away.  Donate it. Don’t forget that purging your home of unwanted items can give you the opportunity for charitable donations. If you don’t have time to drop off, many groups shave pick up services. In southeastern Virginia there is The Samaritan House. You can call them at 757-583-7211 on the Southside and 757-877-0644 on the Peninsula.

2) Check your smoke detectors: Press and hold the test button on the smoke detector. There should be a loud warning signal while the button is pressed. If the sound is weak or nonexistent, replace your batteries. Also, many smoke detectors have a shelf life. Check to see if your smoke detectors have expired. If so, replace them.

3) Check hoses: On washing machines, refrigerators, and dishwashers. If they show signs of deterioration, replace them. 

4) Clean some out of the way items: Spring is a good time to inspect, clean, dust, and vacuum: dryer vents, range hood filters, and refrigerator compressors. In addition, clean or replace your air conditioner filter.

5) Check for leaks and moisture: Look in vanities and kitchen cabinets for signs of leaking and moisture. If attics and basements are damp it may be an indication of a slow leak or other issues. If you find some moisture, call a professional. 

As you consider your own maintenance, don’t forget to contact Peerless for your carpet and upholstery cleaning needs !

 

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Frozen Chesapeake Bay

Preparing for winter

Here in Hampton Roads we may still be running the air conditioner into late October. However now that autumn is coming to an end, it is finally time to get out the sweaters and prepare for the cold winter winds.  So, before you give thanks, take time to get your home or business prepared for the cold to come.  We hope this list will help you get started preparing for winter

 

    1. Take care of your trees and shrubs: Winter winds and the weight of ice and snow can lead to fallen trees and branches. To prevent your home from suffering tree damage, cut down dead trees and limbs. In addition, prune trees and shrubs that are close to buildings. If the trees are too large for you to take care of yourself, consider hiring a certified arborist.
    2. Clean gutters and downspouts: Clogged gutters can cause water to pool and damage your roof or siding. The water is left in your gutters it may freeze when temperatures drop. Freezing water expands and may cause your gutters to warp and crack. In addition, gutters clogged with ice can lead to the formation of ice dams on your roof. Ice dams can lead to significant damage.
    3. Take care of the cracks: Notice issues in your masonry or foundation. Extreme temperature changes can exacerbate these cracks. If you spot anything that needs repair, schedule it before winter weather hits.
    4. Fix that roof: Walk around the exterior and look for missing, damaged, and aged shingles. Repair or replace any shingles with issues. This can prevent future roof damage.
    5. Mind the gap: As the days get cooler a lot of animals will be looking for ways to stay warm. Mice, squirrels, raccoons, and opossum would love to spend winter in your house. Seal any gaps around your walls, soffits, overhangs, and foundation. If you have a chimney, make sure you have a chimney cap. Keep the critters out.
    6. Protect you pipes: Shut off all outdoor faucets. Drain and store hoses. Shut off water to exterior faucets before the weather dips below freezing. If there are water supply lines in the garage, keep the garage doors closed. If the temperature has dipped to the extreme, open kitchen the and bathroom cabinet doors, to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Let the cold-water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes, and keep the thermostat set to same temperature both during the day and at night and set no lower than 55° F.
    7. Let’s strip: Apply weather stripping around the frames of windows and doors to keep heat in and cold air out.
    8. Check safety devices: Check the expiration dates on your smoke detectors and fire extinguishers and make sure they are both in good working order. If your smoke detectors are 9-volt battery operated, replace them with newer sealer lithium battery detector. They possess 10-year battery life.
    9. Clean your dryer vents. When lint builds up in dryer vents not only will dryer work less efficiently, but it causes a fire.
    10. Schedule heating a checkup: Maintaining your chimney, furnace, heat pump, or boiler can prevent fires and is an important safety measure. This should be done before you turn them on.

So, find the time to inspect your home or office and take the steps to get it ready for the coming season.  The time and money you can save in preparing for winter  will be something you can really be thankful for.

fire prevention

Tips for Fire Prevention

October is Fire Prevention Month.  As we say goodbye to summer and hello to cooler temperatures,  we  have to turn on or light up a heat source. It is important to remember that many heating systems require regular service. While the heating systems today are much safer than in the past, there are still fire hazards and other risks that come with being warm in the winter months.The Center for Disease Control recommends you have your heating system serviced annually by a qualified technician.  Have someone qualified check out your system and perform whatever tasks necessary to guarantee safety in your home.

This is also a good time to review your smoke detectors. Virginia Code for a residential dwelling requires smoke detectors to be on the ceiling or wall outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of bedrooms, in addition to one in each bedroom. Plus there should be one on each story within a dwelling unit, including basements. Daylight savings time is a perfect time to change your smoke detector batteries. The next one is November 1st 2015. Change your clock, Change your batteries.

Most house fires are kitchen or cooking related. In order to reduce your risk on kitchen fires, you may want to consider installing a Stove Top Firestop. This item attaches to a range hood over a stove and only triggers with the presence of flame. Fire causes the Firestop to release and act as an automatic fire suppressant.

According to recent data, almost two-thirds of residential fire casualties occurred in homes without properly functioning smoke alarms. Any smoke alarm that is 10 years old or older should be replaced regardless of type. If you moved into a pre-owned home and do not know the age of the existing smoke alarm, you should replace them immediately.

If you do have issues with smoke, soot, or fire damage, you can call Peerless Carpet Care and Restoration Services for 24 hour emergency service.

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