Helpful Tips for Homeowners – December 2017

  • Monitor humidity levels in your new home (normal range should be from 35 – 40%).  Excessive humidity can lead to very heavy condensation on windows and cause cupping/warping of wood materials in your home including framing components, cabinetry, and hardwood flooring.  If you notice a large amount of moisture building up on your windows, wipe them down and use Lysol wipes around the window frames to clean up and prevent mold and mildew from forming.  Remember to keep your dehumidifier and bath/kitchen exhaust fans running in your new home (even during the winter months) to assist you in staying within the normal required limits.
  • Check your roof often for excessive snow and/or ice.  Try to keep vents and lower roofs clear to reduce ice damming.  If you are noticing an accumulation of ice buildup in your trough system, try to toss some ice melt (not rock salt) or a roof puck into the troughs to allow the ice to melt and the water to run freely again.  For very heavy drifts, consider investing in a good quality roof rake which will help you shovel that snow off the roof without leaving the ground.
  • Ice problems on your driveway or patio stones?  Traditional rock salt can be extremely corrosive and will damage these surfaces.  Instead, opt for an alternative ice melt compound, dry sand, or even grass fertilizer containing urea to help melt the ice.  In a pinch, vinegar and hot water will do the job quite nicely as well!
  • Do a quick exterior inspection of your home on a regular basis.  Make sure to clear snow away from all exhaust vents and cold cellar vents.  Try to clear snow as best as possible from around the cold cellar walls to reduce condensation and frost buildup on the interior.
  • Check your dryer duct for lint build up.  Pull your dryer away from the wall, remove the clamp and clear out any lint.  Ideally, this should be done on a monthly basis.  Tip – a shop vac comes in very handy for this task.
  • Installing Christmas lights on the exterior of your home?  Safety first!  Ensure that you are properly protected and secure.  Also, remember to reset your exterior GFI outlets at the same time.

**The Cook Homes Customer Care Team

would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year**

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