Tips To Stay Cool When It Heats Up

No A/C ? No Problem. Here are some tips to help you stay cool even without an Air Conditioning Unit.

Point that fan out. As good as it feels to have air blow over you as you sleep, you can cool your room quicker by taking a boxy window fan and pointing it out, not in. This pulls warm air from the room and pushes it outside.

Reverse ceiling fans. In the summer, make sure your ceiling fans spin counter-clockwise. Instead of blowing the warm air on you, this will pull hot air up and out.

Choose the right bedding. When it comes to staying cool during those hot summer nights, cotton is the way to go. Choose a light sheet made of 100 percent cotton, and avoid polyester and synthetics at all costs.  Buckwheat pillows are an added bonus because they won’t hold on to your body heat.

Frosty bottle. You’ve heard of a hot water bottle, right? Well these helpful toe warmers can also keep you cool during the summer. Stick the bottle in the freezer, and slide it between your sheets before bed.

Make use of your bathroom fan. Have a bathroom right off the bedroom? Turn on the overhead fan and leave the door open to let the fan pull the rising hot air out of your room as you sleep.  Kitchen exhaust fans can do the same thing.

Keep your blinds closed. Up to 30 percent of unwanted heat comes from your windows. Closing the blinds and utilizing shades and curtains can lower indoor temperatures by up to 20 degrees and saving you up to 7 percent on bills. Investing in blackout curtains could be helpful in preventing sunlight from naturally insulating rooms.

Close doors to unused rooms. Prevent cool air from permeating unused areas during the heat of the day. Use the cooler night hours to let air flow naturally throughout your home.

Start grilling. Although standing by the grill on a hot summer day may not sound appealing initially, it sure beats using your oven or stove in the summer making your house hotter.

 

These are just a few tips in keeping cool for summer. Good luck!

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Dishwasher Maintenance Tips

If not maintained correctly, dishwashers can breakdown. Here are some helpful tips to prevent premature dishwasher repairs.

  1. Scrape Food off Dishes – You should at least scrape the food off plates and dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. By not doing so, food gets into washer arms and pump screens. It can also damage the pump/motor assembly or drain pump. Although debatable, the more food and particles that are rinsed off the plate, the less likely the machine is to break down. However, a technician points out that if you wash the dish completely before putting it in the dishwasher, the detergent has nothing to attach itself to so it ends up on the walls, racks, and spray arms causing cloudy glasses and film left on plates. The best recommended tip is to rinse but not wash.
  2. Don’t Overload the Dishwasher – If you end up with too many dishes in the sink, divide the dishes into two loads instead of stuffing all of them in at the same time. Overloading causes dishes from getting fully cleaned and may make you rinse the same dishes twice. Overloading can also make the dishwasher leak by diverting water to the tank bottom causing a splash out under the door.
  3. Don’t Over Soaping – A common mistake is putting too much dishwasher soap. Too much soap can lead to buildup, reduce performance and strain components. When you run out of dishwasher detergent, do not replace with liquid dish soap.
  4. Power Surge Protection – Some power surges are strong enough to severely damage or kill a dishwasher and other household electrical appliances. A surge protector can go a long way in saving appliances from spikes in your home’s electrical current. Another alternative to power strip cords is a whole-house surge protection.

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Please go to the Orange County Register to search for more information on dishwasher maintenance tips.

Water Conservation

We all know about the current drought in California. With summer just around the corner, we still need to be conscious of our water use even on hot days.

Since June 1, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown has issued an executive order requiring a 25% cutback. Even if the landlord pays the water bill, this is every Californian’s problem.

Here are some tips to do your part in conserving water:

Check your home for leaky or dripping faucets

Check for running toilets

Check for any leaking pipes throughout your home

Wait to use of the dishwasher and washing machine until it is a full load

Take a shower instead of baths. Showers use much less water.

Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth or soaping dishes

Use excess water to water plants or to clean

 

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Home Occupant Checklist: Things You Should Do Every Year

Home Occupant Checklist:

Things You Should Do Every Year

Spring

Do an overall inspection of your home’s exterior. See if there’s any damage (paint chipping, holes in brick, etc.) and get everything repaired. This includes the roof before the spring showers.

Get your air conditioning ready. If you have central air, you may want to have it serviced. If you use window units, you’ll want to get those out of storage and get them installed.

Clean out your gutters. Make sure everything’s flowing smoothly in preparation for spring rains.

Aerate and fertilize the lawn. This is also the time to make sure the sprinkler system is working and put it back on a schedule.

Summer

Open exterior crawl space vents. This allows outside air to circulate under the floor and prevent the moisture buildup that can create mildew and rot.

Switch direction of ceiling fan blades. Put it in the down position so the blades circulate in a counter clockwise motion to create a breeze.

Clean/repair your deck or patio. You may need to power wash, re-stain, or re-seal your deck. This is also the time to check for any loose boards, bricks, etc. and get them fixed.

Clean out and de-clutter the garage. Clear out and donate the clutter and establish designated spaces for tools, sports equipment, etc.

Fall

Clean and store summer garden tools. This is also a great time to plant flowering spring bulbs.

Clean gutters. Clogged gutters can result in water damage or become a happy new home for vermin.

Inspect the roof for cracks or damage. And arrange to have any necessary repairs made before the first heavy rain.

Check weather stripping on windows and doors. Proper weather stripping will keep drafts out and can save you 30 percent on energy bills.

Winterize air conditioning systems. In the late fall, cover the outside unit of your central air with a tarp or remove and store window units.

Have the heating system serviced. Do this before temperatures drop.

Do tree and branch maintenance. Falling trees and branches can do an enormous amount of damage. Remove dead or damaged trees and limbs and consider having someone come to check out your property to make sure you’re not missing anything and your trees are all healthy.

Winter

Check exterior crawl space vents. Close any that are open.

Switch direction of ceiling fan blades. There’s a switch on your ceiling fan that changes the direction of the blade rotation. Put it in the up position in the winter to create an updraft.

Change or clean furnace filters. This helps to get better heating and improves air quality.

Check and repair window screens. Do this in the late winter right before spring.

Anytime

Build or refill your disaster preparedness kit. In the event of an emergency, you’ll want to have food and water to last 72 hours, as well as a flashlight, radio, first aid kit, extra cash, batteries, etc.

Check and change batteries in smoke and Co2 detectors. This should be done every six months.

Clean kitchen appliances and vacuum refrigerator coils. When the coils get dirty, your fridge uses more electricity, so do this every six months.

Wash windows. Ideally, windows should be washed twice a year.

Seal the tile grout. This should be done every six months.

Clean baseboards and trim. This should be done at least every few months.

Clean kitchen sink disposal. This should be done every month or so. Use vinegar ice cubes (just what it sounds like) and then run them through the disposal. Cleans the disposal and sharpens the blades at the same time.

Clean your range hood fan filter. The filter collects grease, so it can become blocked and lose its effectiveness if this isn’t done every couple of months.

Inspect fire extinguisher. Make sure the gauge shows adequate pressure and that it’s easily accessible. This should be done every couple of months.

 

Resource: https://www.thumbtack.com/blog/home-owners-checklist/?utm_medium=m_email&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=CM_Weekly_Editorial_All_22016021

 

Check Your Gas Appliances

If you have a gas line to your home, make sure you take the proper steps to stay safe this winter season!

Change the batteries in your carbon monoxide alarm! Locate your carbon monoxide alarm and “test” the batteries and operation of it by pressing the test button. If you have been in your home over a year, it is time to change the batteries, even if the carbon monoxide alarm plugs into the wall.

Call the Gas Company. Before you start heating up your home for a cozier winter, call out the gas company for a checkup on your furnace and other gas appliances. The Gas Company offers this service for Free! 1-800-427-2200

Taking these few small steps would give everyone peace of mind.

We want everyone to have a safe and happy holiday season!

Tips to Keep the Plumber Away

Take the time now to avoid a backup later.

THINGS NOT TO DO

  1. Don’t put anything but food items down the garbage disposal
  2. Don’t put any coffee grounds or tea leaves down the garbage disposal
  3. Don’t put any large food items down the garbage disposal
  4. Don’t put seeds, celery asparagus artichokes corn silks or corncobs in the garbage disposal.
  5. Don’t put anything down the sink drain where there is no garbage disposal
  6. Don’t put anything with bones or rinds like cantaloupe down the garbage disposal
  7. Don’t pour grease down the garbage disposal or sink drain.
  8. NEVER put rice or any kind of pasta down the garbage disposal or the sink, as they do not easily wash through the system and swell up to more than 10 times their size/
  9. Never put bleach in the garbage disposal, the sink or the toilet bowl. Bleach may keep it clean for a time but will soon eat away your drain system, whatever the material.
  10. Never flush down the toilet any paper towels, Kleenex, baby wipes, disposable diapers or any feminine hygiene products.

THINGS TO DO

  1. If grease does get in the garbage disposal or sink drain rinse it down for a long time with hot water, then run cold water for at least 10 seconds. Longer is preferred.
  2. After every usage of the garbage disposal run water after turning it off the disposal for at least 10 seconds.
  3. To keep the garbage disposal blades clean and sharp run the disposal after putting in a handful of ice cubes (about 2 cups) and 1 cup rock salt.

Reminder: It is probably outlined in your rental agreement you are responsible to pay for the maintenance and repair of all plumbing and drains that are tenant related. If not you will be charged for any and all damages to the premises as a result of failure to report a problem in a timely manner. As the tenant, you will have to pay for any plumbing problems, stoppages, drainage problems or removal of items blocking the plumbing caused by your actions.

Please maintain your drains and plumbing so that you don’t have to call a plumber or to be back charged by your landlord for a plumbing charge. Using a plunger on a regular basis is also recommended. It is also likely that your landlord is responsible for defective plumbing parts and or tree roots invading sewer lines. And, the plumber on call will know the difference.

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Tips To Avoid Spiders In Your Home

Does your home look ready for Halloween without putting up any decorations?

Are you afraid of these eight-legged creatures creeping and crawling around?

Here are some helpful tips to avoid spiders from occupying your home

  • Keep garden waste away from the house’s perimeter to discourage spiders from crawling into the house. Spiders often hangout in leaves, grass clippings, wood piles, empty boxes and containers, etc.
  • Remove webs with a broom as soon as you see them to discourage the spider from returning.
  • Vacuum baseboards and other cracks and door frames within the home to keep clean and disturb any possible spider habitat.
  • Seal cracks with silicone caulk around your windows, doors, or along home foundation. Spiders tend to sneak in through various cracks and openings.
  • Spiders don’t like citrus smell. Try rubbing lemon peels around the window and door frames or spray a mixture of equal parts of water and lemon juice on expose crack, door frames, and window frames. Even lemon scented furniture polish can deter spiders away.
  • Spiders also hate peppermint. Try a solution of peppermint oil and water to spray along frames, cracks, and baseboards as well. Reapply every few days.

Hopefully these tips can help you avoid or minimize spiders from occupying your home.

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Rent is the New Buy

Like renting? Well, you’re not the only one!

A recent study shows that renters are making a home without the responsibility of repairs and the debt of a mortgage. As a neighbor, this in turn benefits the neighborhood. Settling down and settling into a home with low turnover tenants helps build relationships with the same homeowner feel.

Check out these recent studies as renters and the benefits of getting friendly with your neighbors.

http://www.propertymanager.com/2013/03/love-thy-neighbor-infographic/

http://www.propertymanager.com/2013/06/rent-is-the-new-buy-infographic/

 

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Facts You Should Know About Renters Insurance

Your belongings are not covered by property insurance obtained by the owner. Loss of your valuables even in the event of a disaster or accident that may happen, are not covered for replacement or repair.

Renters Insurance is not as expensive as you think. Most premiums are $100-300 a year depending on the policy and agency. Shop around and find the coverage that works best for you.

You can easily add on renters insurance to a current policy like auto insurance. Sometimes bundling coverage gives better discounts.

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Check out some more information on these sites below about the importance of renters insurance:

http://www.propertymanager.com/2015/07/the-value-of-renters-insurance/

http://www.rent.com/blog/importance-of-renters-insurance-before-the-storm/

https://tex.org/what-you-need-to-know-about-renters-insurance/

 

Ten Reasons to Recycle

We know it all too well. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. But, here are ten great reasons to recycle.

1. Recycling is good for the economy. Many American companies rely on recycling programs for raw materials to create new products.

2. Recycling creates jobs. Over 56,000 recycling and reuse enterprises employ 1.1 million workers nationwide.

3. Recycling reduces waste. The average American discards 7.5 pounds of garbage a day. Most of that goes into landfills.

4. Recycling is good for the environment. Recycling requires a lot less energy, uses less natural resources, and keeps waste from piling up in landfills.

5. Recycling saves energy. Recycling offers significant energy savings over manufacturing with virgin materials. For example, manufacturing with recycled aluminum cans uses 95% less energy.

6. Recycling preserves landfill space.

7. Recycling helps prevent global climate change. Recycling reduces the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

8. Recycling reduces water pollution. Far less water pollution occurs when goods are made from recycled materials than goods that are made from virgin materials.

9. Recycling protects wildlife. Using recycled materials reduces the need to damage forest, wetlands, and other places essential to wildlife.

10. Recycling creates new demand. Recycling and buying recycled products creates demands for more recycled products, decreasing waste and helping our economy.

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For more information visit Rainbow Environmental Services.