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GARAGE DOOR MAINTENANCE

A good rule of thumb is to inspect and maintain your garage doors once a year. Look for signs of wear or broken parts. If you notice broken parts, consider hiring a qualified service technician since many of the components are under high tension and can cause severe injury if mishandled.

Check that the optical sensors are operating correctly and reverse the door when an object is blocking the path of travel.

There are also many moving parts that will require occasional lubrication. Some experts advise using an aerosol lubricant and a small wand to effectively clean and lubricate those moving parts. Be cautious not to use an excessive amount of lubricant – you do not want a heavy layer that will become thick with dirt.

Always refer to the manufacturer’s directions regarding adjustments and lubrication.

If there is a man door between your house and the garage, check the adjustment of the self-closing device to ensure it closes the door completely.

For more home maintenance tips visit the Canadian Residential website at: http://goo.gl/7oKt3i

SAFETY NOTICE - Homeowners often want to perform maintenance themselves to save money. It is important to keep in mind that there are many areas of home maintenance that are best left to professionals. For example, electrical work, entering an attic, or climbing on roofs and ladders to name a few of the hazardous activities. It is better to take the safe choice if there is any question as to the ability of the homeowner to perform any maintenance task.


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HEALTHY BASEMENTS

During the summer months’ humidity is higher indoors as well as outdoors. High humidity levels indoors can lead to mould growth and/or structural damage in your basement.

Monitor basement humidity by using a dehumidifier to maintain relative humidity between 40 - 50 per cent in the summer months. Humidity may need to be kept below 40 per cent in the winter to avoid condensation on windows.

Prevent sewer gases from entering the home - if you have a plumbing fixture that is not used frequently, for example, a laundry tub or spare bathroom sink, tub or shower stall, run some water briefly to keep water in the trap. Check the basement floor drain to ensure the trap contains water and refill with water if necessary.

For more home maintenance tips visit the Canadian Residential website at: http://goo.gl/7oKt3i
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BATTLING ANTS

Low cost and environmentally friendly solution!

Summer has arrived and so have the ants! Ants can cause extensive damage to a home causing thousands of dollars in repairs. Now is the time to walk around the exterior and interior of your home to check for ants and/or ant filings. Ant filings look like very fine sawdust in small piles and are usually the result of ant damage to the wood in your home. If you notice ant filings, you should consult a professional.

These days we are more cautious about using pesticides / poisonous chemicals to get rid of unwanted pests. Two options to avoid chemicals are to use powdered cinnamon or corn meal to get rid of ants. These items can be purchased in bulk. Sprinkle generous amounts in the areas of concern and hopefully you’ll enjoy an ant-free summer!

For more information on carpenter ants and the damage they can do, visit the Government of Canada website which includes tips on ant-control.

For more home maintenance tips visit the Canadian Residential website at: http://goo.gl/7oKt3i

SAFETY NOTICE - Homeowners often want to perform maintenance themselves to save money. It is important to keep in mind that there are many areas of home maintenance that are best left to professionals. For example, electrical work, entering an attic, or climbing on roofs and ladders to name a few of the hazardous activities. It is better to take the safe choice if there is any question as to the ability of the homeowner to perform any maintenance task.
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Repair Cracked Concrete / Asphalt

Now that the weather is warmer, it’s a good time to be outside doing a little maintenance on your property.

Inspect your concrete or asphalt driveway, walks and steps for any cracks or deterioration. Open, unrepaired cracks are not only unsightly, they allow water entry which will result in more rapid deterioration of these surfaces. Repair all cracked concrete or seal your asphalt, if required.

Ensuring any repairs are performed will not only improve the look of your driveway, it will also help provide a level, safe walking surface for your family and guests.

For more home maintenance tips visit the Canadian Residential website at: http://goo.gl/7oKt3i

SAFETY NOTICE - Homeowners often want to perform maintenance themselves to save money. It is important to keep in mind that there are many areas of home maintenance that are best left to professionals. For example, electrical work, entering an attic, or climbing on roofs and ladders to name a few of the hazardous activities. It is better to take the safe choice if there is any question as to the ability of the homeowner to perform any maintenance task.
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Preventing Moisture Damage in Bathrooms

Preventing water damage inside our bathrooms is as important as directing water away from the foundation. As part of your routine home-owners maintenance, you should inspect the caulking in tubs, showers and vanities for cracking.

If cracks are left unrepaired with the high humidity in your bathroom, it can become an open invitation for mould and mildew to grow, often out of sight. To prevent this, immediately remove any damaged caulking (showing signs of cracking or gaps) and replace it with new caulking.

Remember proper maintenance of the caulking is much less expensive than the costly repairs that may be necessary if you sustain water damage.

While we’ve got you in the bathroom, let’s check the airflow in the bathroom fan. Turn the fan on and hold a piece of tissue paper up against it to see if the fan’s suction holds it in place. If not, you will need to clean or replace the fan.

A bathroom fan should always vent to the exterior of the home so you should also go outside and check the airflow coming out of the discharge vent. If doing so requires climbing up to, or onto the roof always ensure you take proper safety precautions or call in a professional. If it does not vent outside or you have no airflow, contact a venting professional.

For more information on maintaining the bathroom fan see: http://goo.gl/ACY6nS

Visit www.CanadianResidential.com for more seasonal tips to help you maintain your home.
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