Quick Home Fix-Ups: Winter Home Repair Projects

Easy DIY projects to maintain your home.

| January/February 2007

  • Use the winter downtime to catch up on home repair projects.
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Winter is a great time to turn your attention to indoor house maintenance. Make note of wear and tear, paint that's chipped, discolored caulking, and wood cabinets that could use an oil treatment. By its very nature, maintenance is eco-friendly because you're preventing untimely replacements and extensive repairs that waste resources.

Check These Monthly

Refrigerator: Vacuum the vents; clean coils are more energy efficient. Check the drain pan for excess water.

Furnace and fans: Check and clean or replace the furnace filter; a dirty filter impedes the flow and quality of air. Exhaust fans in the kitchen and bath tend to collect dirt. (Hint: Be sure to turn off the power before cleaning.)

Drains: Why resort to toxic drain chemicals? You need only pour one cup of baking soda in and around each sink drain, then follow with 1/2 cup of white vinegar. A half hour later, chase the mixture with a cup or two of boiling water.

Sinks and tubs: Check kitchen and bath grout and caulking. Discoloration could be hiding damage. When the waterproof seal is broken, structural damage and harmful molds can find a home in the wall.

Check These Seasonally

Plumbing: Water creates costly damage. While you're inspecting plumbing fixtures, also check appliances that have water connections (dishwashers, ice-making refrigerators)..

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