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Natural Stone Backsplash- 8 Installation Tips-Don of All Trades

When remodeling a kitchen consider a Back Splash as part of your upgrades. Back splashes are a durable wall covering that protects your walls from water resulting in stains and molds. A kitchen is a high traffic area where most food preparation is made and is most likely to come into contact with water and greasy foods spatters.

You can enhance any floor or wall installation with these exquisite 12×14 mesh mounted marble mosaics  with the immanent natural shading of these classic stones.

Manufactures Recommended Applications:

  • Back splashes
  • Shower floors and walls
  • Appropriate for all residential  floor and wall applications
  • Light commercial floors

Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services recently installed this beautiful Sassi brand Bianco Polished Brick Mosaics  kitchen back splash . The results were and spectacular not to mention this natural stone is an interesting product to work with.

If you are planning on a DIY project,  we have provided 8 valuable tips to help you with your Bianco Polished Brick Mosaics Kitchen Back Splash installation including before and after photos to help you get the maximum results.

 

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Handy Tip Number 1

This is a natural stone product. The shade and colours will vary within cartons.

Handy Tip Number 2
Mix tiles from different cases to ensure optimal blending and install with mortar thin-set or tile adhesive.
 Handy Tip Number 3
 When installing natural marble keep in mind that the stone is very soft and when you cut the stone be mindful that at the end of the cut you have the possibility of breaking the stone. We recommend using a scrap piece of stone tile behind the tile that is being cut to stabilize the cutting blade and reduce tile breakage.
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  Handy Tip Number 4

 

When installing 12×12 sheet tile it is very important to use the proper v-notch trowel when applying the tile adhesive.  By applying too much adhesive and you will run into all sorts of problems with tile slippage and the adhesive squeezing out of the grout joints. Always follow manufactures recommendation on trowel size.
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 Handy Tip Number 5
When installing natural stone marble keep in mind that this type of stone is very heavy and you will need to use the proper mastic. All tile adhesive are not created equal. You will want to find a tile adhesive that is specified for use on natural stone. One that has a high bond strength and that will not sag is recommended. Ask your supplier what they carry and what’s best for your application.
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  Handy Tip Number 6
All natural stone needs to be sealed prior to grouting. Natural stone is very pores and will absorb the grout colour and hide the natural features of the stone. Not to mention it could ruin the job by giving an undesired look.  A premium penetrating sealer that can  enhance the features of the natural stone is recommended.
 Handy Tip Number 7

When picking a grout try to find one that complements all the colours that are in your natural stone. Typically when installing natural stone you want to use a non sanded grout.

Reasons for choosing non sanded are as follows:

Number 1:

Natural stone scratches very easily and you don’t want to damage the finish on the stone with the sand.

Number 2:

The second reason is these grout joints were less than 3 millimeters and it would be difficult to put sanded grout in such small joints.

 Handy Tip Number 8
 Maintenance and care. Wipe sealed stone with a damp cloth. Only use cleaners specifically designed for natural stone.
Once you kitchen back splash project is complete, natural stone will give beauty and durability and should last a lifetime with proper maintenance.
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 Kinds words from our client…

Don did a fantastic job on our backsplash. He came to our home and provided a quote and was able to do the backsplash the following week. He pays great attention to details. He was willing to come on multiple days in order to ensure that our stone was properly sealed, and grouted. The finished product is more than I could have even expected. He was very professional and just a wonderful person to do business with. We will certainly contact Don again when we do future renovations!

Ryan-Whitby, Ontario

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Don Of All Trades is giving back to our community. Please donate to our Helping Hands Program benefiting women and children.

Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donations make a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided with a place of safety, support and hope at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help improve the lives of abused women and children in the  community. Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca community page to find out how you can make a difference.

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New Year’s Resolution- Getting Your Basement Organized

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Utilizing your basement as a storage area can be difficult as the space can quickly become cluttered and unorganized. You can make storage more efficient by creating an organized system for your items. While plastic storage bins are great for holding your stuff, when they pile up, it becomes difficult to get to the bottom bin without moving the rest in the stack. To solve this problem, create a storage organizer that will give easy access to all of them.

If your basement is on your list of New Years Resolutions here’s a recent project Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services completed to help tackle these home owners issues by creating more storage space.

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These homeowners had a bit of a challenge searching for a shelving unit that would fit their older home’s basement low ceilings. After doing some research on-line they found an IkeaHejne 4 section shelving unit that was a perfect solution to their needs and within their budget. Modifications were made with the shelving in order to house larger items that did not fit with the original design. The next issue was how to come up with a solution to enclose this piece so that our clients wouldn’t actually see what was inside and to give it more character. Shower Curtains, Venetian Blinds and Curtain Panels with Grommets were just some of the idea options our clients offered.

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Our team asked if they would consider closing this shelving off with doors. They loved the idea and we moved forward with the project. We came up with a plan to design doors made from finished grade plywood and completing the look by adding cabinet door hinges and contemporary metal handle hardware. The results were fantastic!

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By adding custom-built doors, we have now created the perfect storage organizer unit by closing off these open shelves so that these home owners don’t have to live with the cluttered look.

Have a question about your home improvement project? Get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you! Call to book your complimentary in-home estimate at: 905-259-5249 or visit our newly renovated website at www.donofalltrades.ca today!

We offer a wide range of home improvement services for your home including FREE ESTIMATES in Durham Region. Call 905-259-5249 or visit our website at:  www.donofalltrades.ca to find out more!

Don Of All Trades is Giving Back to the Community

Please donate to our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Project!

Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donations make a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided with a place of safety, support and hope at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help improve the lives of abused women and children in the  community. Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca community page to find out how you can make a difference.

Bathroom Renovation Tips-Shedding Some Light on Your New Bathroom Remodel

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Most people honestly have no idea how much it really costs to under go a renovation. People often ask us how much it will cost for a bathroom remodel, and our first question is usually “What would you like to do?” and our second is “What is your budget?” 

Bathroom remodels continue to be one of homeowner’s priority projects  to tackle on their “to-do lists and there’s a good reason for it. Homeowners get a high return on investment and of course, they help turn that blah bathroom into a personal sanctuary in the process. A newly renovated bathroom definitely  gives the homeowner a competitive edge when trying to sell. Keep in mind that a bathroom remodel doesn’t just happen over night. As you may already know, it can be quite stressful. One of the best things you can do is plan ahead, do your own research and follow this simple guide to make the most out of your remodeling process.

Stage 1: Ask Yourself These Questions

Before you even start the planning procedure, you will need to consider asking yourself the following questions. This will enable you to make sense of what it is you are trying to accomplish, and how to get there.

  • What is the main reason you want to remodel?
  • How much storage will you need?
  • How long do you plan on living in your home?
  • What is your routine and how can your space be improved to function alongside of it?
  • How much time do you spend in this bathroom space (in the morning, afternoon and evening hours?)
  • How many people will be using this space?
  • How often will this space be used?
  • Who is this bathroom for?
Stage 2: Handle the “Why’s?”

Why are you remodeling? This appears glaringly evident, however you have to know the genuine reason before you can make any arrangements. There are commonly three principal reasons individuals need to remodel: refresh the look, make it more practical, or for resale.

In case you’re remodeling to refresh the look, you’ll likely simply be concentrating on materials, installations, and cabinetry. In case you’re redesigning for usefulness, you’ll presumably be gutting the entire space. In case you’re rebuilding for resale, you’ll need to do some research about the present market and patterns.

Stage 3: Do Your Own Independent Research

Before you lose track of what’s most important, you will need to do some of your own research. Consider whether you require a fundamental, mid-range, or full rebuild and set aside some time  to make sense of the amount you’re ready (and capable) to spend. Collect inspiration for your redesign with pictures of bathroom formats you like, outlines you like, storage solutions you like, and the sky is the limit from there.

Stage 4: Get Advice (from an expert)

An expert will have the knowledge to help you with every one of the inquiries you may have in regards to your remodel. You can get a more practical viewpoint on the design, the materials, the fixtures, and so forth from a specialist who’s done this kind of work  previously. Additionally, they can help you with creating a budget and help you to stick to it.

Stage 5: Planning

Now that you have an idea of what you can afford, what you require, and what you need, you can now move forward with planning your bathroom remodel.  Work together with  your contractor to come up with as many ideas as possible. Look at photos in magazines or social medial outlets like face book or pint rest for motivation, and ask as many questions as you need to. The last thing you don’t want to do  is to settle with an unexpected choice on a material or style. You will  also need to look into the permits you require (an expert can help you with this). Don’t be afraid to spend a considerable amount of time in this step,  as it may be  the most important one’s  of all.

Stage 6: Review

In this progression, the goal is to get all the real components and spacing confirmed before moving ahead.  Survey all drawings  and designed floor plans with the format and size of its components with your contractual worker and set the agreement in writing. You’ll need to make sense of the majority of the remodel so that there are no curve balls when development starts.

Stage 7: Choices

Here’s the  fun part! You get the opportunity to make choices about your materials, finishes, and colors. Assemble your motivation and ask your contractor any inquiries you may have with respect to specifics. Do as much research as you would so be able to you’ll make them work information when you approach this vital discussion. Here’s the decisions you have to make: bath, shading, ledges, fixtures, flooring, lighting, mirrors, shower, sinks, toilette, tile and vanities.

Stage 8: Essential Details

This is where you will want to get to the essential details on all the additional components in your remodel, like how things will flow, where you will be storing  everything while development is in progress, how you will set up your space, what time the workers will be on site, and whatever else that may come up amid the construction process. Any last-minute decisions and inquiries need to take top priority here.

Step 9: Construction

Once all the decisions are made, the plans are drawn, and the papers are signed, it’s time to begin the construction process! Yippee!  After many weeks of planning your bathroom remodel is finally here.  In anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, your new sanctuary will be completed.

Ready to start the first phase of your bathroom remodel? Call Donato D’Orazio Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services  today!

We offer a wide range of home improvement services for your home including FREE ESTIMATES in Durham Region. Call 905-259-5249 or email infodonofalltrades@gmail.com. Visit our website at http://www.donofalltrades.ca to find out more!

 

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About Don D’Orazio

Founder of Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services.

Donato has over 15 plus years of experience. His company has completed various projects for many clients. Donato’s philosophy is to always treat “YOUR HOME AS IF IT WERE HIS OWN”. His goal is to provide quality service at affordable prices without compromising the finished product.

Donato always ensures all his projects are completed with the highest standard of quality and craftsman ship. He also takes pride in knowing that he can take your ideas and turn them into reality….. Giving you the home you’ve always dreamed of having.
Donato D’Orazio, owner and founder of Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, classifies his vision for home renovation projects with three important goals.

1. To come in on budget
2. To complete the project on-time.
3. To make the customer’s experience as stress-free as possible

It is these three goals that form the foundation for the Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services business model, which is unique from the way that other home improvement companies operate. Our clients have told us the benefits they’ve seen from our business model.

Don’s Motto

“Start living better and get peace of mind and the freedom in life to get back to the important things that matters most to you.”

Don Continues to Find Compassion Within Himself to Stay Attached to Values That are Linked to the Common Good

In 2013 Don and and his team created the Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program  benefiting worthwhile causes and creating partnerships within our communities in Durham Region. The Tree of Hope is a symbol of commitment, inspiration and community. Every year Don’s goal is to add new Helping Hands to the Tree of Hope and have it completed by December 31st from generous donations collected from clients, friends, family and local businesses in the community from our Donation Wish-List. Don believes it’s important to give back and not only volunteers his time, he also funds and hosts a number events throughout the year to help Do Good and Give Back.

Here’s an important life lesson: no matter how tough you think your life is there’s always someone who has to face challenges that are tougher than yours.

Our Memories of Giving Back in 2017

 

Don of all Trades Interior Painting Tips: Paint Like A Pro

 

There is no simpler or inexpensive way to dramatically change the look of a home than with a fresh coat of paint.

Anyone who has  done their own interior painting knows that it is not nearly as easy as it seems. From an uneven paint finish on the wall to drips on the floor, you need to avoid any number of pitfalls before your DIY paint project can be a success. Here are 2  Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance  Service’s  interior house painting tips and tricks to help you paint like a Pro and achieve a clean professional look.

 

Tip No. 1- Painting Interior Doors

Using a small roller to paint doors can greatly speed the process. Work quickly by rolling on the paint, then use a brush to smooth out the paint and fill in any spots missed by the roller.

 

Tip No. 2 -Painting Baseboards and Trim

A scarper or trim guard are handy tools that help in painting trims They make painting trims, baseboards, moldings and dividers a very easy task. You’ll be able to avoid dripping or running paint on another surface. They will prevent paint on the floors or the walls. They also give you a sharper and cleaner edge that looks professionally done.

 

Have a question about your painting project? Get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you! Call 905-259-5249 or email infodonofalltrase@gmail.com and book your free in-home estimate in Durham Region Today.

Check out our blog for more great tips at: donofalltradesblog.wordpress.com or visit our website at www.donofalltrades.ca to find more information about our services.

 

Don Of All Trades is Giving Back to the Community

Please donate to our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Project!

Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donations make a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided with a place of safety, support and hope at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help improve the lives of abused women and children in the  community. Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca community page to find out how you can make a difference.

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Thinking of Painting Your Home in Winter? – 4 Great Reasons Why You Should

 

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If you’re similar to numerous individuals, painting your home in winter sounds insane. In any case, did you realize that winter is a brilliant time to paint your home? Builders and property developers don’t sit tight for Spring time to hire a painter and nor should you.

Today’s modern paints will dry quickly and adhere well. Here are four awesome motivations to begin your work of art venture today.

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Winter season interior painting makes great sense!

House painting in the midst of the colder months isn’t  a great deal of an issue.  Actually, professional  painters paint throughout the winter seasons  all the  time. Here are four reasons why you should also:

  1.  You won’t have issues with stickiness, which can occur in summer. A damp or humid situation will back off the dry time for paint. It additionally makes it physically all the more difficult in a hot situation.
  2. Tradesmen  may not be  as occupied and are frequently available  for winter work. Their schedules may be more open to a accommodate appointment bookings months in advance of the spring and summer seasons.
  3. There is a good possibility that you may be able to negotiate a better price for the project to be completed. Amid the off-season a Tradesman may bring down their costs in order to get your work.
  4. Painting now will maximize the value of your home, more so if you are  considering the thought of putting it on the market for sale in the spring.

 

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One final point, and for some people this is a BIG one,   painting your home in winter leaves the hotter months free. You’ll have the capacity to engage, have BBQ’s and completely utilize all aspects of your home in summer!

Have a question or need some assistance with your home improvement project? Get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or call us at 905-259-5249.

 

Don Of All Trades is Giving Back to the Community

Please donate to our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Project!

Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donations make a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided with a place of safety, support and hope at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help improve the lives of abused women and children in the  community. Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca community page to find out how you can make a difference.

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A Staircase that Makes a Statement

At Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, we are always contacted by clients to assist them with unique and special projects around their home.  This striking  staircase  will certainly make an unforgettable statement when family and friends come to celebrate. Learn more…

Exterior Painting-Getting Ready to List Your Home

If you are considering selling your home there are few  home improvement projects that have as great an impact as a new coat of exterior paint on your home.  Modifying or at the very  least,  refreshing the exterior paint on your home completely revitalize the look of your home and makes it more attractive to potential buyers. Learn more…

Tips on Painting the Inside  Your Home

Do it yourself interior painting is by far the most  affordable way to freshen up any  room in your home. The advantage of painting is that it’s not terribly  difficult and doesn’t require “military” training. All you need is  a little patience, practice, and some helpful advice.  Learn more…

Affordable Home Improvement Tips

No matter how you look at it, making  home improvements is a costly endeavor.  The bottom line is when it comes to remodeling and renovating a home, homeowners are going to be spending thousands and thousands of dollars on contractors, specialists and more. The benefit of this is that you do make that money back in resale value although it can take some time to sell the home and get it suitable for new potential buyers.

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On a positive note, did you know that there are ways to improve your home  that do not require a home owner to spend thousands of dollars in initial investments or skilled labor that take a big Chunk of Change out of their wallet? Here are a few solutions that a you can do to improve their home for less than you might think.

REJUVENATE YOUR APPLIANCES WITH A FACE-LIFT

Buying brand new appliances is a great investment for a home, but it can also cost quite a bit of money. If you’re looking to spend less but still tie the room together, why not consider a face-lift? New doors and face panels on appliances can get them to match, bring the room together in a stylish way, and save you big bucks on the technical appliances while still allowing for a great look in the room and a definite upgrade in the home’s design.

SWITCH TO ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHT BULBS

Energy efficient lighting fixtures and light bulbs are an affordable alternative that will go a long way in your home. Today, most homeowners are concerned about heating and electricity costs along with wanting to do their share to improve the impact on the environment.  Light fixtures that have earned the ENERGY STAR certification translate to quality, cutting edge design and the latest in efficient technology. ENERGY STAR Certified Fixtures: Use 90% less energy and produce about 70-90% less heat than traditional models using incandescent light bulbs. The most popular light bulbs available are halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Although they can initially cost more than traditional incandescent bulbs, during their lifetime they save you money, because they use less energy.

CABINETS AND DOORS ARE PARAMOUNT

In lieu of doing a complete kitchen remodel, homeowners can get quite a bit of use out of working through new doors and cabinets. This simple fix alone can go a long way to making the kitchen seem like a completely new and different room  without spending the big bucks on an entire kitchen remodeling job.

GET INSTANT CURB APPEAL

One of the best low-cost ways to inexpensively dress up your home-especially for potential buyers-is to increase your home’s curb appeal in a resourceful way. Hiring a professional landscaper to come by and re-design your lawn, patio and trees will help your home look cleaner, look better and more sleek. The better your home looks on the curb, the better chance you have of improving it at a lower cost to you and selling it a higher value-and you didn’t have to do anything major to the home.

SUMMARY

At the end of the day, there are ways to improve your home in a cheap and cost-efficient manner without breaking the bank. When you’re smart about where and how you improve your home, you may be surprised at how well you can sell it with minimal work being done, and your bank account and stress levels will thank you for it, too!

 

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Check out our blog and get more home improvements tips and advice at donofalltradesblog.wordpress.com or call Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services  at  905-259-5249 for a Free-In-Home Consultation in Durham Region today!

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Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donation makes a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided a place of safety, support and hope  at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help the lives of abused women and children in your community.

Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca Community Page to find more information on how you can give the gift of hope.

Hello Autumn-Your Complete Fall Home Maintenance Check List

Hello Autumn

Your Complete Fall Home’s  Maintenance  Check List

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over. Keep your home warm and running efficiently with our fall home maintenance checklist. It’s time to get your home ready for winter.

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over. Keep your home warm and running efficiently with our fall home maintenance checklist. It’s time to get your home ready for winter.

Most of the tasks listed below are well with-in the average home owner’s ability. But if you decide on hiring a professional to take care of them, it’s worth the expense. You will save time, money and perhaps even your life.

Fall Home Maintenance Check-List

  • Roof Inspection
  • Chimney
  • Gutters
  • Doors & Windows
  • Exterior Hoses
  • Driveways & Walkways
  • Air-Conditioning Maintenance
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Furnace Maintenance
  • Wood Burning Stove Maintenance
  • Smoke Detectors
  • General Clean Up

Roof Inspection

Make sure the roof is in good condition. Check for loose or missing tiles and for any cracks in the chimney. If you’ve been putting off the task replacing the shingles over the last few years, well now’s a good time to get them replaced. Hire a professional roofing contractor to patch up any gaps and replace shingles.

Chimney

Implementing a chimney maintenance plan is always critical for insuring the safety of your home and family. The function of a chimney is to carry dangerous fireplace, wood, oil or furnace and boiler gases safely out of your home.   Chimney fires are entirely preventable with proper care and cleaning. Inspect the exterior of the chimney for sings of damage. Have the flue inspected and cleaned by a certified chimney sweep.

Gutters

Check the gutter systems outside your home. Be mindful for any broken or leaking gutters, and repair them as soon possible. Clogged gutters can lead to damaged exterior surfaces and to water in your basement. Clear out any leaves and other debris that tend to collect over the summer and fall seasons and have them covered with mesh guards to keep debris from returning. Doing this will reduce the risks of leaks and blockages during freezing weather.

Doors and Windows

Fall is a great time to get out and check the caulking around doors and windows. Proper caulking keeps moisture away and helps with drafts issues. Again caulking makes your home more efficient and helps prevent mold.

Drafts through your front doors don’t seem as much of a problem in the summer months, but the truth is it can be.  If your weather strip allows a ¼” opening around a door, it’s like a hole in the wall that is 4” x 4”.  Drafts don’t seem as noticeable the summer months because the air flows from cold to warm which is why it’s more noticeable in the winter season.

On that note, the best course of action would be replace the weather strip on your door. You can do this by going to your local building supply company and purchase a weather strip that is similar to what is currently on your door.  If you don’t see one that is similar just buy a “universal” type and install it on the door frame.  Every little bit of money saved on the Electricity Bill is a good thing and you may be pleasantly surprised next summer when you notice a difference of savings  in your electricity  bill since your doors will seal better!

Exterior Hoses

Commonly Known as hose bibs or sill-cocks, the exterior faucet needs to have its water supply turned off inside the house, and you also need to drain water from it by opening up the exterior faucet. You may also want to consider an insulated cover for the hose bib. Your garden hoses should be disconnected from the sill cocks or outside faucets and drained if stored outside.

Driveway & Walkways

Damaged walkways, drives, and steps are a hazard year round, but their dangers are compounded when the weather turns icy. Fixing problems in the fall is also critical to preventing little problems from becoming expensive headaches.

Look for cracks more than 1/8-inch wide, uneven sections, and loose railings on steps. Check for disintegration of asphalt, or washed-out materials on loose-fill paths.

Most small jobs are well within the ability of a do-it-yourself, but save major repairs for experienced hands.

Air-Conditioning Maintenance

Central Air conditioning systems: Take a hose with the spray head set to “jet” or the highest pressure you have and clean the fan blades and condensing coils of clear of debris and dirt. Left unprotected the condensing unit can be damaged by wet leaves and debris that contribute to rusting and freezing of internal components. Although these units are designed for outdoor use, covering them with a breathable waterproof cover made for that purpose will extending the life and efficient performance of the unit.

Outdoor Furniture

Any outdoor furniture and garden accessories, lighting, should be stored in a dry place such a shed or a garage. If you lack storage space and have the room, you may even use space in your basement to protect your items from the winter elements.

Furnace Maintenance

Fall is a perfect time to clean or replace your furnace filter. Reusable filters can be washed down and re installed. Disposable filters should be replaced with a new one. Dirty filters lower your HVAC system’s efficiency so it’s a good idea to change them accordingly.

Once a year, it’s a good idea to have your heating system inspected by a professional. To avoid the last-minute rush, consider scheduling this task in early fall, before the heating season begins.

Here are signs that you should have an inspection performed sooner:

Noisy Belts– Unusual screeches or whines may be a signal that belts connected to the blower motor are worn or damaged.

Poor Performance– A heating system that doesn’t seem to work as well as it once did could be a sign of various problems. Your heating ducts might be blocked, the burners might be misadjusted, or the blower motor could be on its last legs. One check you should be sure to conduct: Make sure your furnace filter is clean.

Erratic Behaviour– This could be caused by a faulty thermostat or a misadjusted furnace.

Wood Burning Stove Maintenance

Wood burning stoves are a great way to add atmosphere and warmth to your home. But regular inspections are needed to ensure that these devices don’t become a safety hazard. Here’s how to check them.

 Cracks in stovepipes attached to wood stoves can release toxic fumes into your home. Throughout the heating season, you should check for corrosion, holes, or loose joints. Clean the stovepipe, and then look for signs of deterioration or looseness. Replace stovepipe if necessary.

 Smoke Detectors

Test your smoke alarm monthly and clean it every 6 months.  Mark it on your calendar so that you don’t forget.  Things to remember when testing your smoke alarm:

  • Ensure that power is being transmitted to the alarm and that it will activate in the presence of smoke.
  • Test your smoke alarm by pressing the test button.
  • Even alarms with a pilot light that indicate power is being transmitted, should be tested regularly.
  • Battery-operated smoke alarms will warn you when batteries need replacing.   Despite this, make it a habit to change the batteries yearly.
  • When you’ve been away from home for a few days, check your alarm on your return to ensure it is working properly.
  • Remember, your smoke alarm can’t protect you if the batteries have been removed or a plug has been disconnected.
  • The lifespan of a typical smoke alarm is about 10 years, but some models last as little as 5 years.
  • To clean the alarm, open the cover and gently vacuum the interior of it.  Frequently, the alarm will sound while the unit is being cleaned.

General Clean Up

Rid your home of accumulations of old newspapers and leftover hazardous household chemicals. (Check with your local Municipal Hazardous Waste or Special Waste Agency about the proper way to discard dangerous chemicals.) Store flammable materials and poisons in approved, clearly labeled containers. Keep a clear space around heaters, furnaces, and other heat-producing appliances.

 

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