‘Twas the Night Before Christmas: A Home Improvement Holiday Story
Dec 17, 2018
‘Twas the night before Christmas and the house was a mess. Cookie dough was everywhere and Mommy was stressed.
Dad came home from work, walked in the front door.
Saw Mommy and baby crying on the floor.
She sobbed, “The oven is broken, the toilet is too.
The guests are all coming, what will we do?”
Dad gave her a hug and said “Don’t worry, my dear.
This won’t ruin Christmas. Be of good cheer!”
He ordered some takeout and helped clean the mess.
He fixed the bad toilet, and got the kids dressed.
As the snow fell outside, turning everything white.
Mommy smiled and sighed, “Oh, Christmas will be alright.”
Broken appliances and
home repairs don’t schedule themselves around the holidays. Here are some
maintenance tips to ensure your necessary home items won’t quit on you. If
however, your appliances are beyond these minor fixes, a home renovation loan
should be on your Christmas wish list. Home improvement loans such as FHA’s
203K loan and the Dream Home renovation loan can be used to remodel and upgrade old appliances.
Check the Dishwasher
Dishwashers are like
magic elves helping with the piles of dishes. Occasional maintenance will keep yours
working its best.
Start with a basic wipe
down of the interior and use a degreaser along the door seal. Check the filter
and drain and remove bits of food and debris (consult your manual to find out
if your filter is removable). Tighten any loose hose clamps (some are probably
in your cabinetry), and replace rusty dish racks. Finally, run the empty
dishwasher through a cycle using white vinegar instead of soap to freshen it up.
Make Sure the Refrigerator is Ready
If your refrigerator quits
this time of year, your dreams of sugarplums and other holiday treats could
stay just dreams. Keep it feast-ready with these maintenance tips.
First, make sure your
door seal is residue free. Clean it with a degreaser and wipe with warm water.
Double check the temperature settings: the fridge should be between 37 and 40
degrees and the freezer should be set a zero. Finally, if it sounds like it’s
straining or is running more often than it should, the coils on the back may
need cleaning. Unplug the fridge, pull it away from the wall and vacuum dust
and debris with the brush attachment.
Don’t Clean the Oven
Yes, that’s right. Don’t
clean the oven.
The self-clean cycle can
be hard on the oven, and the last thing you want is for it to fail. Wipe down
the interior and the door seals to remove any debris. Baked on stains can be
scrubbed with a bit of baking soda, but stay away from chemical cleaners –
unless you want the house filled with
the smell of apple pie and toxic fumes.
Take Care of the Toilet
Troubleshoot the toilet
before your guests arrive.
Poor flushing or running
water could simply be a stuck chain or bad seal on the flapper valve. Make sure
the chain is the right length so the valve can seal properly. If that doesn’t
fix it, replace the valve itself. If it’s still not flushing properly, you may
need to replace the entire flush mechanism. Either way, don’t wait until St.
Nick stops by to find out you have a problem.
Slip-Proof Santa’s Landing Zone
Keep your guests jolly
and safe by slip-proofing the sidewalks and entryways.
Shovel fresh snow and
salt your walkways. Take care of trip hazards by fixing loose deck boards or
pavers. And be sure to secure entryway rugs with double-sided tape.
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