Maintenance Tasks of the Month - FEBRUARY

Winter can be extremely harsh to the health of your home.  Dropping temperatures and high winds can stress both the interior and exterior.  Therefore, it is important to take the time during the days at home to take care of some important tasks. 

Replace Furnace Filter

Furnaces have been working overtime because of the low temperatures this past month. To help ensure it is working to its maximum potential, replace the furnace filter. They are relatively inexpensive, easy to replace, and can make a huge difference. 


Clean and Vacuum Curtains or Blinds

Curtains can add a lot to the décor of your home, but they can also hold a lot of dirt and dust. It is important to regularly dust or vacuums your curtains or blinds using a feather duster, dusting cloth or damp cloth, or a smaller fabric attachment on your vacuum cleaner.

Check Caulking Around Showers And Bathtubs; Repair As Needed

Bathroom caulking does not last forever, and over time, it can crack and become discolored. If not repaired, it can lead to water damage. If you have old caulking in your shower or tub, you will need to remove the old caulk, clean the surface, and then apply new caulk.

Regularly Check for Ice Dams and Icicles

Ice dams and icicles form when water from melting snow re-freezes at the edge of your home’s roofline. If left unchecked, ice dams may grow large enough to prevent water from draining off the roof. This can cause the water to potentially back up underneath roof shingles and leak into your home. To prevent ice dams, make sure to clean your gutters, ensure your downspouts are functioning properly, and keep your attic well insulated. You should also try to remove at least the lower 4 feet of snow from the roof edge immediately after every storm.

Test Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors 

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that consumers test their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors every month to ensure they are properly working. Smoke alarms should be placed on every level of the home, inside each bedroom, and outside sleeping areas. If you do not have a carbon monoxide detector, be sure to get one. These should also be installed on every level of the home and outside sleeping areas.  

Repair Any Interior Wall Damage; Touch Up or Repaint As Needed

Damage to your interior walls can be hard to avoid, but fortunately, most issues can be fixed easily and inexpensively. Small holes from a screw or a nail can be filled with some spackle and then sanded with fine grain sandpaper. 

If you require the assistance of a professional for any of these tasks, ensure to contact Mantis LLC. They will provide you with three estimates from licensed, insured, and experienced contractors so that you can select the best option according to your budget. 

MANTIS LLC - (202) 710-6446 - [email protected]

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