The Disposal, a Clogged Drain, and a Friend to the Rescue!

 

A few weeks ago, Tracy and I found ourselves in the midst of a challenge here at home:  a clogged kitchen sink drain line.  And I don’t mean a little clogged.  It was CLOGGED.  Stopped.  Absolutely no water flow what-so-ever.

A little background (let it be known that I asked Tracy’s permission before posting – in fact, she helped me write this!):  My industrious wife had decided it was time to clean out the fridge.  She vaguely remembered me telling her it was appropriate to use the disposal for getting rid of food waste. This seemed the quickest, easiest and cleanest option.  In hindsight, running mass quantities of food down the disposal was a very bad idea!  Apparently – chicken, pasta and rice become a concrete-like mixture when processed through a garbage disposal!  Who knew?  Unfortunately for us, this stuff didn’t set up in the p-trap under the sink, or in the wall behind the sink.  No – it chose a spot much further down the line to set up completely.

I happen to own a 20’ snake.  It wouldn’t touch the problem (for those with a bit less plumbing experience – a snake is a drain-cleaning device that’s not much fun to operate, but really handy to have around the house).… Read more...

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10 tips to help keep you cool AND save money on your air-conditioning system this summer!

 

Summer has not officially arrived, but it is HOT here in Kansas. If you have air-conditioning, there may not be a more important home maintenance step to take than this: make sure your A/C is in top condition and ready for the stress of a long and hot summer.

This is especially important, if you value comfort or appreciate avoiding big repair bills due to an overworked, over-stressed, broken-down A/C!

An air-conditioning system is one of the most expensive systems to run in our homes. Therefore, making sure it is running at top efficiency is so very important. A little bit of work now, can save you big-time on your electric bill as the summer goes on, AND, can potentially extend the life of your system by months, if not years.

So – what can you do to keep your A/C system running at its best? Here are my top 10 tips regarding A/C maintenance:


HelpTip #1:  GET SOME HELP
! There are many home maintenance items you should tackle on your own. In my opinion, however, this is not one of them. The proper care and feeding of your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning) system is something I feel warrants calling in some professional help.Read more...

Effective rainwater control can help you avoid costly home repairs.

 

THE BOTTOM LINE:  

In my experience, water is one of the most damage-inducing substances around your home (second only to fire), and is often the most preventable cause of damage.  You simply MUST make sure water is controlled on and around your home.  From roof to curb – GET THE WATER AWAY FROM YOUR HOME!

Note: this post includes numerous details that need to be covered about how to create and manage a properly operating Rainwater Control System (R.C.S.).  To help navigate a bit, and to allow you to read only the parts that really interest you, I’ve divided today’s post into three parts:  THE BOTTOM LINE, THE WHY,  and THE HOW.  If you’d like to get right to work – download a copy of this week’s  CHECK THIS!  list, and get to work!

 

THE WHY:

I’ve been in a lot of homes over the years (30+ years as an inspector, over 10,000 inspections).  I’ve witnessed the same story, far too often:  thousands, if not tens of thousands, of dollars of foundation repair – totally avoidable, with less than $100 worth of supplies, a bit of attention, and perhaps a bit of elbow grease.

This siding damage can be fairly simple to repair, if caught early.

This siding damage can be fairly simple to repair, if caught early.

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A blog about home maintenance?

 

Ok, I get it.  About now you’re thinking… “A blog on home maintenance?  Really?”

Yes – really. Let me tell you why.

Ever since my dad built our family’s “dream home” when I was about 10, I have been fascinated, and perhaps a bit obsessed, with home construction. Dad took me every evening after work to see what progress had been made on our new home. And as I watched what started as a hole in the ground turn into a big pile of organized lumber, and then finally become a home that I absolutely loved – I was hooked.

Fast forward about 40 years, and I get this crazy idea to write a blog about home maintenance. I’ve had the same thoughts as you are likely having right now, and have answered the questions a time or two:

One – why would you want to write a blog about home maintenance?

Two – and more importantly, why would anyone want to read a blog about home maintenance?

Here’s the thing.  You can find info on how to repair, how to remodel, or how to renovate your home in just about a million places.  That can be great fun when you tackle a project that you’ve wanted to do for years, one that tweaks your home in a way that allows you to enjoy the space more, and makes it work and fit better for your family.… Read more...

Save Money this Summer – Part 2!

 

Last week we talked about (well, I wrote & hopefully you read – but in this digital world we live in, that’s talking, right?) how a spring walk around your home can save you money. If you didn’t catch last week’s post ,and the story of a very confused Woody Woodpecker, click HERE. This week, I’d like to dive into some of the details, talk a bit about what kind of maintenance items to look for, and what you might find. I’ve identified seven of the most important items to check (not in any specific order). At the end of this post, you’ll find a link to a printable checklist to help with you with the process.

BTW – You’ll likely notice that I spend a great deal of time focusing on what to look for, but not a ton of time on what to do, or how to make repairs.  That’s intentional. (see what I did there?) 🙂   There are a practically limitless number of experts that can walk you through most repairs (have you searched YouTube recently?).  However, very few talk about being proactive and doing the maintenance to AVOID those repairs. That’s our niche here at Home Intentional.Read more...

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How to save money on home repairs this summer – just by walking around!

Spring has sprung here in the Midwest (I know, most don’t consider Kansas to be part of the Midwest…but, Kansas is in the middle of the country, and we are west of the Mississippi, so I hope you’ll humor me). A couple of Saturdays ago,  I took my yearly “spring walk”.  I found some interesting results – and it helped me realize just how important an early spring review of the condition of our homes can be. It can save you money, if you know what to look for.

Any ideas on what caused all this damage to my roof vent? It was not hail! See the story below to find out.

My spring walk is not a power walk around the neighborhood. And it’s not all about fitness and enjoying the weather, although both are involved. I’m talking about the first chance you have to walk around your yard, really take a look at your home and the entire property, and take stock of the current condition of our home. Until/unless our home and every aspect of our property gets connected to the I.O.T. (internet of things) – we’re obligated to do this the old fashioned way. Put on your boots and get out there and see how winter has impacted your home!… Read more...

Would you like to save money on home repairs?