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Posted by Wilson Wolfe Real Estate on 3/10/2019

If you've lived in your home for very long, you know that lots of places collect dust, lint, grime, hair, fuzz and, well, gunk. Often, we become so busy in our daily lives that we neglect to remove the gunk until it causes a significant problem such as a clogged drain or even a fire in the dryer vent.

So, what to do? Get out the gunk, of course.

Put your gunk patrol on a schedule. Once every month, or more often if needed, check these areas and remove any debris built up there that can cause expensive calls to a plumber, electrician, or the fire department.

  • Vanity drains: In the bathrooms, the vanity drain collects hair, fuzz, slivers of soap and other junk that causes clogs. To clear the plug area, push the plunger in as far as it goes, reach into the drain area with tweezers and pull out any hair and slimy gunk hiding in there. New quick-release plugs with removable baskets make this job a snap. If the drain already has a clog, turn off the water access under the sink. Then gently remove the trap—the curved piece of pipe—to see if you can locate the clog there. If the trap is stuck, you’ll want to call in a plumbing professional.
  • Shower and tub drains: Similar to vanities, these drains clog with hair and other debris that washes down. Pull what you can from the upper side. If your shower grate has removable screws, you can loosen them and lift it off to access any clog. Tubs are more difficult because you cannot access the drain or the trap, so you may need to call a plumber for a plugged tub. To protect against this problem, place a hair screen (available at hardware stores) over the drain and clean it out daily.
  • Dryer lint hose: In the same way that lint builds up in the dryer lint trap, it also collects in the hose leading to the outside vent. Often, dryer hoses become kinked when pushing the dryer into place, so carefully pull out the unit and carefully unhook the hose from both the dryer side and the wall. Carry the hose outside and shake it out over a trash bin. Look through the hose to make sure you've removed all the collected lint. If necessary, use a bent wire coat hanger or broom handle to remove any lint you can't reach. Carefully replace the hose, making sure the clips are in place, and the hose remains un-kinked when you push back the dryer. Remember, built up lint causes more than just an inefficient dryer, it can also cause house fires.

Just a few moments each month can save a homeowner from tons of costly repairs. If you'd prefer to hire someone to take care of servicing these items for you, reach out to your real estate professional for a referral.

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Posted by Wilson Wolfe Real Estate on 3/5/2017

Do you want to add a bit more space to your home? Are you in need of a room for crafts, extra storage or a place to store seasonal gear? Adding a mudroom is one of the simplest ways to add extra space while adding square footage and value to your home. Installation of a “mud room” with an exterior entrance, shower, sink and toilet is not only a “must have” feature in summer; it’s an ideal place to shed wet boots and gear. Avoid family and guests stomping in the snow, tracking mud and letting all the cold air in the house. Serving as an air lock between the outdoors and the main home interior, a mudroom helps in savings home wear and tear, maintenance and the cost of home heating and cooling. By leaving the mud and mess in the mudroom, you will substantially cut down on housecleaning efforts and save valuable time. Positioned off the garage, a mudroom is also an important feature for guys that like to have a handy place to clean up after a messy shop or gardening activity. Cleaning up here prevents tracking dirt, grease, paint or oil into the home. Pet owners find a mudroom a great place to bathe and groom their furry family. Smart home technology, paired with custom built-in lockers equipped with moisture sensing dehydrators, heaters and fans quickly dry out wet gloves, scarves, and parkas. Electronic boot dryers and shoe racks will have footgear dry and toasty warm when you venture out again into the elements. In the summer, the lockers function as a place to dry and store wet swimsuits, garden gear, and sports equipment. Overhead ceiling mounted racks or clamps can hold bulky, hard to store items. Many homebuilders combine the “mud room” and laundry room into one convenient utility room where it “OK” to be messy. Builders may add a deep “farm sink” with drain board and “no-touch faucets” to facilitate laundry chores and serve as a potting bench and work area for gardeners. Under the counter plastic bins are ideal for storing potting soil, mulch and garden tools. Add a retractable clothesline over the sink as a place to rinse out and hang sweaters or other items you would like to drip dry. By placing the washer and dryer in the mud room, you will free up a large amount of space in the interior of the house that you can convert to a home office or homework station. Also, by having the laundry facilities in the mudroom, you avoid the mess of carrying in dirty clothing through the house. With a spacious central island, shelves and storage, space can also function as a sewing room, art studio or crafts area. A ceramic tile floor with a central drain makes hosing down the floor a simple task, easily keeping the area sparkling clean. If the space allows, build in a couple of bunk beds with under the bunk storage for a dormitory style room for children’s “sleep-overs” or unexpected guests.  

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