Winter Checklist For Home | Asheville NC


Winter time is here. Holidays are here. And look who I got under my tree! I’m just kidding. This is Jim Rauand with Quality Home Consultants. And he came back to my house again. Speaker 1: If you remember from last time,
he was here around fall. I think it was in October, and we did a seasonal
check-up for the fall, so he is back this time around for a seasonal check-up for the
winter. Make sure my home is ready for winter and
is good to go, we are running smoothly, and give you some tips of what to look for and
what to do to maintain your home and preserve it in the best possible condition. So, thanks for coming. Jim Roland: Thank you. Thanks for having me. Well the first thing we want to do, as our
winter checklist, is to put a drain line or a garden hose on the bottom of your water
heater. There’s a spigot. And we’re going to drain a little bit of water
out of the water heater, looking for sediment and clear that out so that things don’t get
stuck into your faucets and restrict the flow. Jim Roland: It’s also a good indicator on
the condition of the inside of your tank. With heavy sediment, there might be some corrosion
on the inside of the tank that you might want to get looked at. Speaker 1: Gotcha. Speaker 1: All right, so our water heater
is actually located behind this door and guess what? It’s behind all this junk and it’s covered
with a panel that’s screwed to the wall. So, I guess we’re just going to have to skip
this part. Luckily, courtesy of Mr. Rooter Plumber, we
had a checkup about a month ago on all things plumbing in our house. But for those who not going to or don’t do
that, they just going to do it themselves if it’s accessible, right? Jim Roland: That’s correct. Yeah, that’s right. Speaker 1: So they’re going to do- [crosstalk]
Jim Roland: Put a hose on the bottom spigot of the water heater. It looks just like an outdoor faucet. Screw that on, put the hose to the exterior
somewhere or up to a drain- a tub drain or anything like that. And then turn that spigot on and look to see
how much sediment’s coming out of the hose. And once you stop seeing sediment then just
shut it off. Speaker 1: All right. What’s the next thing on the list? Jim Roland: Cleaning the refrigerator coils. Speaker 1: That means we’re going to have
to go behind our refrigerator and see how dirty it is. Jim Roland: You can do it from underneath
here and we’ll take this cover off and take your vacuum cleaner and vacuum underneath
your refrigerator, and that gives a lot of the dust bunnies and dirt out from the coils
and it prolongs the life of your refrigerator. Speaker 1: Okay. Again, one of those things that I’ve never
done before. I never removed this little panel. Speaker 1: Let’s see how dirty it is. Check this out, guys. Jim Roland: The dirt and dust bunnies and
pet hair. We’re going to go ahead and vacuum this out
to prolong the life of your refrigerator. Speaker 1: Dyson to the rescue! Jim Roland: All right. So, we’ll start here, so we don’t push that
back on. Jim Roland: Next thing on our checklist for
the homeowners to do is reverse the direction of the ceiling fan. Speaker 1: Okay. And what’s the purpose of that? Jim Roland: When you reverse the direction,
it actually blows the heat down, and it makes it more efficient because all the heat rises
and you push it back down. Speaker 1: Okay. We actually do not have a single fan in our
house, but if you do- Jim Roland: The little toggle switch on the
side of the hub of the ceiling fan, and you just push it to the reverse. Speaker 1: Okay. So pre pretty easy. Once you do that, once you up there you might
as well clean your- [crosstalk] Jim Roland: Clean those too. Take your Dyson. Speaker 1: Take your Dyson. Jim Roland: Okay, the next thing is going
to be, for the homeowner’s checklist, is to run all the sinks and check for the leaks. Oftentimes, people don’t get far enough into
their cabinets to see a small leak and then when they do discover it, they pull something
out and it’s wet and it’s already too late. It’s already damaged the bottom of the sink. Speaker 1: Okay. How long are you running the water for? Jim Roland: Run it for a few minutes- [crosstalk]
Speaker 1: For a few minutes? [crosstalk]
Jim Roland: On each sink. Speaker 1: To give it a chance to leak? Jim Roland: Yes. Right. Speaker 1: Or not. Jim Roland: Find a slow leak like that. Jim Roland: Also, flush the toilets a couple
of times. And just take a flashlight and look to see
if there’s any leaks after being flushed- [crosstalk 00:00:04:41]. Speaker 1: Around it. Jim Roland: That’s right. And then also a good tip would be to stick
one foot on the side of the toilet and just give it a bump and make sure it’s secure. Speaker 1: Oh, so the bowl is secure to the
floor? Jim Roland: Yeah. So the toilet secure to the floor. Because if it’s not, then you can get a leak
that you can’t detect that [crosstalk] Speaker 1: That goes underneath continuously
without you knowing it? Jim Roland: That’s right. Speaker 1: Oh, that’s good. That’s how you discover, or an inspector discovers
rotten wood underneath in the crawl space probably? Jim Roland: Yeah. And then they don’t have any idea up on top. Jim Roland: Next one is checking the caulking
around your bath tubs and showers. Oftentimes, it wears out or flakes out and
you will need to check for any voids. If there’s some voids in the caulking or the
grout, then you can possibly get a leak, which can cause water damage. Speaker 1: Because remember, water is your
biggest enemy when it comes to home ownership and preserving your home, right? Jim Roland: That’s correct. Yep. Jim Roland: The next thing for our homeowner’s
winter check list is to use your Dyson… Speaker 1: Or any other vacuum. This is not a sponsored [inaudible]
Jim Roland: And remove these vents and go ahead and you can see the dirt and stuff inside
your vents that helps you with allergies and things like that. Jim Roland: So our next winter checklist for
homeowners is to go ahead and check the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure those are working, and remember
to change the batteries on all those detectors, every time the time changes. Even if the batteries are still good, you
change them anyway. That way you know that they’re going to be
good for the season. Speaker 1: So how do we check the smoke detectors? Press the button? Jim Roland: Yeah. There’s a test button on the smoke detectors
and carbon monoxide detectors and you just push it until it beeps and then that’ll show
you that it’s working properly. Speaker 1: Okay. So close your ears when you do that? Jim Roland: Yeah. And let everybody know you’re doing it. Speaker 1: Right. So nobody freaks out. Okay. That’s pretty easy. Jim Roland: And then the last thing on a winter
checklist for a homeowner’s maintenance is to go ahead and change that furnace filter. Speaker 1: And ours happens to be in the crawl
space. Jim Roland: In this case, the filter is in
the air handler. Some people will have return registers in
the home and they just open a vent and replace the filters at those registers. Speaker 1: So you unscrew it… Jim Roland: You take the cover off. And here it is. Speaker 1: There’s the little filter. Jim Roland: There it is. This one needs to be changed. Speaker 1: Needs to be changed. Okay. And that’s about it, right? Jim Roland: Yes. [crosstalk 00:07:45]. Speaker 1: For the winter checklist? Jim Roland: That’s our winter- [crosstalk
00:07:51]. Speaker 1: To make sure your house runs smoothly
and you preserve it in the best possible condition.

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