Spring Safety Checks Your Home

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Top 5 Home Maintenance Tasks for Spring

 

If you only do five home care tasks this spring, here are the ones that we recommend you do that will help you to save energy, maintain safety, and avoid problems this summer.

FURNACE, FIREPLACE AND WATER HEATER ANNUAL SERVICE

 

This task involves scheduling a trained service professional to do a thorough inspection, cleaning, and adjustment of your furnace and water heater. There are two important reasons for having this done each year:

  1. Safety
  2. It helps maintain the energy efficiency of these appliances.

This is a task that is best left to a trained professional.  We suggest that you do this task in spring for two reasons, first because if a problem is found, you will have time to get it remedied before the heating season, secondly, your service provider will likely get very busy as the heating season approaches.

For Fireplace and Chimney Inspections contact us today at 320-252-6242.

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TESTING GFI OUTLETS

 

Have you ever noticed that the outlets in your bathroom, kitchen and outdoors have little “test” buttons on them? These are special outlets called “ground fault interrupters” or “GFIs.” They are placed in locations where there can be water present, and their purpose is to automatically shut off if there is a potential for an electrical shock. So for example, if you are using a hairdryer and you are on a wet floor, then rather than shocking you, the GFI will trip off.  The problem is that over time, the mechanism inside of the outlet can stop working.  So it is very important to test each of these outlets to be sure that they are working properly.  To test a GFI outlet, just dryer exhaust cleaning St. Cloud, dryer vent installation St. Cloud, dryer vent service St. Cloud, fireplace brick repair St. Cloud, fireplace cleaning St. Cloud, local chimney sweeps St. Cloud, fireplace damper repair St. Cloud, fireplace damper replacement St. Cloud, chimney masonry repairs St. Cloud, chimney repairs St. Cloud, chimney sweeping St. Cloud, cleaning dryer vent duct St. Cloudplug a small electrical appliance into the outlet, and then press the “test” button on the outlet.  The appliance should immediately shut off. If it does not, then this outlet should not be used until the GFI has been replaced (helpful accessory:  GFI testers).

CHECK OUTSIDE DRYER VENT FLAP

 

 At least once a year you should check your outside dryer vent to be sure that it is not clogged and stuck in the open position.  When your dryer operates it blows hot exhaust air out of your home through vent piping.  This hot air carries lint with it which can accumulate around the vent where the pipe exits your home.  This vent has a flap that opens when the hot air is blowing and then closes when the dryer stops blowing the air.  But as lint builds up around the vent flap, it can cause the flap to get stuck open, chimney inspection St. Cloud, chimney mortar repair St. Cloud, chimney repairs St. Cloud, chimney sweeping St. Cloud, cleaning dryer vent duct St. Cloud, dryer duct cleaning cost St. Cloud, dryer exhaust cleaning St. Cloud, dryer vent cleaning cost St. Cloud, dryer vent cleaning service Sauk Rapids, dryer vent installation St. Cloudallowing pests to enter your home, and increasing your energy costs by allowing air-conditioned and/or heat to be lost from your home.

 

OUTSIDE LIGHTING INSPECTION

 

If any of your outside light fixtures have bulbs that have burned out, then April/May is a good month to replace them.  While you are checking your outside lighting fixtures for burnt out bulbs, you should also take the opportunity to: clear away any dirt and debris; check for any broken connections or fixtures; and clean the glass fixtures so that you get the most benefit from the light bulbs. One last tip is that you might want to consider replacing your bulbs with more efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs.

SMOKE DETECTOR INSPECTION

 

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To schedule a chimney inspection, cleaning, repair & buildout, or dryer vent cleaning & repair and duct cleaning & repair, contact Sweep Dreams Chimney & Ducts today at (320) 252-6242. 

 

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