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Maintenance Issues in Your Home You Can’t Overlook

Maintenance Issues in Your Home You Can’t Overlook

There are many different components in your home that keep things running efficiently. Neglecting just one of them could have some negative consequences for your home, leading to things potentially not running as they should and increasing your bills. Take care of the appliances in your home by following these maintenance tips and checking the things in your home that need attention on a regular basis. Not only will these checks keep things in your home running, but some could prevent a potentially dangerous situation from occurring.

The regular checkups

 

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    These tasks seem smaller and less important, but to prevent a major problem from occurring in the future, they should be done on a monthly basis. Plan to do them either at the beginning or the end of the month to help you remember the task at hand. Once you get into a routine, it will be easy to set time aside every month to get these projects done and keep things in your home running smoothly.

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    • The HVAC system –

      Although there are things that need to be done once or twice a year, there is one thing with this system that should be done monthly. Check the filter to see how dirty it is, and whether or not it needs to be changed. This is the best safety net for your family against unhealthy dust and pathogens that may be circling through the air in your home. By keeping your filter clean, you will notice it is easier to breath and sickness will not be passed around the home so easily.

    • Drains –

      It is much easier to clean out the drains in your home before they become completely clogged. Take out the stopper and use a drain snake, or even just a metal coat hanger to pull debris out. You will be surprised just how much will accumulate over time. Make sure to get every drain in the home from the laundry room sink to the tub.

    • Water softener –

      If you have a water softener in your home, ensure that there is still enough salt in the drum. Running the water softener without this will do you no good, and may even damage the appliance.

    • Garbage disposal –

      We rely on the garbage disposal for a lot. Make sure that it will continue running for years to come. Flush it out monthly with hot water and baking soda, eliminating the smell and higher chances for clogging.

    Besides these monthly maintenance checks, there are a few bigger problems that should be inspected often throughout the year. Not having these appliances inspected could lead to large problems in your home.

    Larger items

     

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      These things may not need to be checked as often, but neglecting them when they do need it can lead to much larger consequences. Pay attention to each of these items and know when it is best to perform routine maintenance on these home appliances.

      • Smoke detector

        Every six months, check the batteries in your smoke detector. If they need to be replaced, be sure to do so as soon as the problem is discovered.

      • Furnace and air conditioner

        These should each be checked at least once a year. Plan to have them both inspected at the same time, or have the furnace checked in the fall and the air conditioner serviced in the spring. This will help keep both of them energy efficient throughout their season. Your HVAC system is important to your home, keeping it the ideal temperature in any season.

      • The hot water heater

        You should flush the buildup that has accumulated in your hot water heater every six months. This will keep it running for longer, and prevent you from being left without hot water at any time.

      Look around your home for the routine maintenance that is necessary. It is important to take the steps to keep your home running for longer. By taking a little extra time to complete these tasks, you will avoid spending outrageous amounts of time and money later down the road.

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      Last Updated on March 13, 2019

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

      1. Work on the small tasks.

      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

      2. Take a break from your work desk.

      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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      3. Upgrade yourself

      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

      4. Talk to a friend.

      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

      7. Read a book (or blog).

      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

      8. Have a quick nap.

      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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      9. Remember why you are doing this.

      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

      10. Find some competition.

      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

      11. Go exercise.

      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

      12. Take a good break.

      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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