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Checklist for a Trouble-Free Home (page 3 of 7)

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  • Clean leaves and debris out of basement window wells.
  • Rake debris away from around the foundation of your house and other structures on your property.
  • Vacuum your carpet with a powerful upright vacuum cleaner at least once a week.


  • Clean faucet aerators and shower heads with vinegar to get rid of mineral deposits. 
  • Clean the drain pan on your frost-free refrigerator. 
  • Inspect your dishwasher for leaks. 
  • Clean your kitchen exhaust fan filter and fan blades.
  • During the fall and winter months, check your heating system air filter and replace it if needed. 
  • Maintain drains by pouring boiling water down them. If a drain becomes clogged, pour a cup of baking soda into the drain – flush with three cups of hot water. If that doesn’t work, use one-half cup of baking soda and then pour one-half cup of plain vinegar down the drain.
  • Pour water down any unused drains.
  • Vacuum heat registers, vents and refrigerator coils. 
  • Test ground fault circuit interrupters in your home.