Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Rain Gutter full of leaves

Rain Gutter full of leaves

7 TIPS TO GET YOUR HOME READY FOR FALL

The fall season is a perfect time to get your home ready before the cold winter months arrive. By taking precautionary steps, you can prevent serious home damages and expensive home repairs from occurring. Our team compiled a list of seven important home maintenance tips you should do during the fall to get home ready for winter.

  1. Get your heater/furnace serviced- Autumn is a great time to have a service technician come out and check to ensure your furnace is working properly. In the winter time, service technicians are more likely to be booked up with service calls, which can cause delays.
  2. Get chimney checked for blockages- Fireplaces are used frequently in the cold winter months. It’s a good idea to make sure your chimney is checked for any blockages as it can result in falling debris or a smoky smell in your home when the fire burns.
  3. Remove window A/C units- We suggest removing your A/C window units during the fall because leaves, dirt and other particles can get inside the unit and potentially can potentially damage the unit.
  4. Clean gutters and downspouts- It’s a good idea to get your gutters and downspouts cleaned because the clogging of leaves and other debris can lead to falling gutters which can cause flooding and foundation issues to your property.
  5. Trim trees and bushes- Trimming trees and bushes around your home in the fall can prevent loose branches and limbs from falling onto your property during winter storms.
  6. Get your roof inspected- It’s important to get your roof inspected for any leaks or loose shingles before winter strikes. Roofers will also charge more for services during peak season (winter months).
  7. Seal any cracks around windows and doors- Sealing cracks around your windows and doors before the cold winter comes, can prevent bugs and rodents from coming inside your home. When its cold outside, these pests are looking for warmth and will try to get inside your warm home.

Once you get these preventative maintenance steps completed, you can be assured your home is prepared for the upcoming colder months. Taking these preventative steps can also save you time and lots of money in repair costs. The cold weather is coming, cozy up and relax knowing you fully prepared your home for the colder months.

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10 Steps to Becoming More Water Efficient

California is currently in the midst of one of the worst droughts in recorded history. Everyone’s working to conserve. But water conservation is important no matter where you are. How can you do your part to save water? Here are 10 tips you can follow.

Take Shorter Showers. This is the first step everyone lists, and with good reason. Your bathroom in general accounts for around 75% of your home’s water usage. And a typical shower uses 2.1 gallons of water per minute. So showering for 10 minutes can waste over 20 gallons. Keep showers to around 5 minutes or so, and you’ll cut your water usage considerably.

Check for Leaks. Have a plumber check your toilets, faucets, hoses, and any other water sources in your home for leaks, and repair them. Depending on the severity of the leaks, this can save you up to 200 gallons of water per day. (more…)

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Keep Your Home Cool This Summer

Keep  Your Home Cool This Summer

Keep  Your Home Cool This SummerIt’s summer, and the heat is getting practically unbearable. You drink lemonade, eat ice cream, and take cold showers to mitigate the heat, but you want a more long term solution. What home improvements can you make to keep your home cool this summer—and for many summers to come? Here are a few:

Central Air. If you’re keeping your home cool with fans, window air units, or a swamp cooler, then the time has come to invest in a central air conditioning system. A single unit circulates air to your whole house, allowing you to adjust the thermostat to you preferred temperature. (more…)

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How to Fix the Most Common Mistakes in Your Home

How to fix the most common mistakes in your home - Paramount Equity®

Owning a home is great, but sometimes the maintaining of it is not so great. Fixing common mistakes with just some know-how, and maybe a little elbow grease is easy. Here’s how to fix the most common mistakes in your home, according to HouseTask.com.

Clogged drains – use a commercial product, such as Drano, a liquid you pour down the drain, or a plunger, that uses air and water pressure to unclog drains. . If the clog persists, using a mechanical auger that helps snake out the drain  is the best solution.

Overflowing toilets – sometimes, toilets can become clogged or the outlet valve is stuck open. Here’s a simple fix-it trick. First, stop the water flow by lifting up the tank lid and finding the outlet valve, an opening at the bottom of the tank. (more…)

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How to Keep your Lawn Green this Summer

How to Keep your Lawn Green this Summer - Paramount Equity®

The average homeowner spends approximately 40 hours annually mowing the lawn, and Americans spend $8.5 billion each year on lawn care equipment and products. Lawns are one of the biggest aspects of property care. Keeping a lawn in top shape, particularly during the heat of the summer, can be a daunting job. It is important to break the task down into manageable components and to stay on top of each one so that the job never gets overwhelming. The following tips will teach you how to keep your lawn green this summer.

How to Keep Your Lawn Green this Summer: 5 Simple Tips      

Fertilizer. Most lawns only require fertilization a couple times a year, typically once in the spring and once in the middle of the summer. Choose a fertilizer with a blend intended for lawns (more…)

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Tips to Keep you Home Cool this Summer

Tips to Keep you Home Cool this Summer - Paramount Equity®

With the blistering summer months rolling in quickly, it’s important to stay at a healthy, and comfortable temperature while enjoying your fun in the sun, no matter where you are. It is especially imperative to keep your home well ventilated, and not too warm for your liking. Here are some tips to keep your home cool this summer.

Air Conditioning- Tried and true, AC units are the most popular and most effective tool to combat the heat during hot summer days. Air conditioning units that are stationed upon windows, or central cooling units help regulate the air in your house, much like it does in your car, or refrigerator, siphoning in air, and reducing it’s temperature with what is usually freon, a cooling agent which keeps wherever you are nice and chilly. However, this is possibly the most expensive option of all, due to the fact that it can conjure up quite a significant energy bill if used constantly. (more…)

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Tips to Being More Water Efficient

Tips to being more water efficient - Paramount Equity®

Water is a precious source; without it, there would be no living thing on the planet, and yet, sometimes, people waste it. Whether it’s over-watering their lawns, or using too much for doing dishes or laundry, there are ways to become more water efficient. Here are some tips to being more water efficient, so this vital resource will continue to run freely and be utilized for the most important life-force – all of us.

Outside water conservation

We all love a nice, lush, green lawn – a healthy lawn – but are you over-watering or watering more than just your lawn? Here are some tips to being more water efficient outdoors.

  • Adjust sprinklers so they hit just your lawn and not the sidewalk, driveway, or fence
  • Water in the morning or at night, when (more…)
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8 Ways to Keep Your Yard Pest Free This Summer

Ways to keep your yard pest free this summer - Paramount Equity®

Want to prevent moles and pests from taking over your yard and home this summer? When it comes to pest control, you need to be vigilant. Be on the lookout for the earliest signs of pests and prevent their invasion through biological or chemical control.

Although the cold season is finally over, many homeowners have to contend with the problem of rodents, insects, moles, caterpillars, snails and slugs that can quickly destroy the plants in the yard. These pests hide beneath leaves, under stones and in other places.

Pests cannot only damage the plants in the yard, but also the entire home. You need to act fast to contain or prevent them from destroying your plants. Here are eight ways through which you can keep your yard pest free this summer: (more…)

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