Monthly Archives: June 2014

Help your dad this Father’s Day!


Boy with dad

Another tie? Give your dad a gift he will love – your help around the house!

Father’s Day is just around the corner and there are many things you can do for your dad such as cooking him a meal or giving him a gift, but one of the best things you can do is giving him your time.  If your dad is a handyman around the house he will surely appreciate your time and effort in helping him cross off items on his honey-do list. Just by talking to your dad about the subject will show him that you care and appreciate what he does for you and your family.

If your dad is a DIY kind of guy, it may seem like he knows everything there is to know about household appliances, but, chances are there are a few things that should be fixed or updated around the house that may have slipped by dad’s radar.  Here are some things to check and fix around the house:

Check and replace your washer hoses

When was the last time you took a look behind your washer?  Is probably been a while, right?   You and your dad can work together to move the washer and check the hoses.

Washing machine hoses can burst and cause flooding in your home. Such damages cost Americans approximately $170 million in damages every year.  Make sure the hose connections are secure, the hose is not kinked at all, and that the hoses are not worn out. Consider replacing your old rubber hoses with stainless steel braided washer hoses which are much more resistant to bursting.

If the hoses are more than five years old it may be a good idea just to replace them with new ones for a small price that can eliminate thousands of dollars of damage if they were to fail.  While you have the washing machine away from the wall you can to a little cleaning behind there (it probably needs it), and you might even find that missing sock you lost too!

Clean your refrigerators coils

Refrigerator Condensor Coil Cleaning Brush 4210463RW

Refrigerator Condensor Coil Cleaning Brush. Part number: 4210463RW

Dirty refrigerator coils can go unnoticed but can cost you more on your energy bills as they restrict air flow and cause the refrigerator to work harder.  Use a refrigerator coil brush to clean the dust and dirt off.  While you are giving your refrigerator special treatment, clean out the fridge and throw out old items. Make sure the air vents are not blocked so cold air can flow into your refrigerator.   Set your refrigerator to 37 degrees and freezer at 4 degrees for food safety and energy efficiency.

Clean your dryer venting

10 foot long dryer vent cleaning brush

10 foot long dryer vent cleaning brush

About 2,900 clothes dryer fires are reported each year due to failure to clean them. Lint can build up in the dryer vent piping blocking the flow of air and leading to fire. If your clothes seem to take longer than normal to dry or your dryer is hot to the touch, lint may be to blame.  Be sure to clean the lint filter before or after every load you put through the dryer and clean out your dryer’s venting. Not only will this keep your home safe, but it will increase the efficiency of your clothes dryer, saving you money and shorten drying times.

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