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5 New Year Resolutions: Your Home’s Health in 2020

As we begin 2020, this new year is an excellent opportunity to plan for and stay ahead of your home care this year.

Here are 5 resolutions from The Family Handyman for your home this year:

#1 Remove dryer lint.

A backed up dryer vent often results in loads taking longer than usual to complete. This leads to excess use of energy. Most importantly, a clogged vent is a fire hazard.


To remove clogged lint from the dryer vent, follow these instructions:

- Detach duct from the backside of the unit.

- Securely tie a rag to the end of a plumbing snake.

- From the outside of your home, push the plumbing snake through the dryer vent.


#2 Deep clean the dishwasher.

Let your dishwasher do its job, but make sure you give it a little help by keeping the machine clean.


In fact, we recommend a deep clean of your dishwasher every couple of months. It’s simple. Here’s how:

- Empty the dishwasher.

- Add one cup of vinegar and run one full cycle.


#3 Set your water heater to 120 degrees.

Most safety experts recommend setting your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. You may be surprised to learn that thousands of people must visit the hospital every year due to burns from too high of water heat.


#4 Stop soap scum build-up on shower doors.

Soap (that is real soap) is the main culprit, so switching to synthetic soap will help prevent build-up. Liquid or gel soap is less likely to leave grimy build-up.


Use glass cleaner to scrub away mold and other debris from the glass shower doors. If the build-up is more intense, you may need to use a razor to remove the debris.


#5 Inspect the home’s foundation.

You should be on the lookout for any sign of termite damage. Using a flashlight, examine the interior and exterior foundation of your home and search for any signs of termite tunnels.


You’ll want to inspect the foundation at least once a year. If you notice any potential sign of termite damage, contact a professional exterminator without delay.

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