Friday, October 24, 2014

Top 5 New Homeowner Tips

Top 6 New Homeowner Tips – First Thing


1. Find Out Where Your Breaker Panel Is: When the breaker trips, you will lose power in sections of the house. Be prepared, some high-amp vacuum cleaners may require more amperage than your bedroom electrical outlets can deliver, and can trip your breaker. Hall outlets typically have a higher amperage, and will not trip as easily.

2. Don’t Be Scared at How Much Your Vacuum Picks Up: Your vacuum cleaner may pick up lots of fibers the first few times vacuuming, but vacuuming will extend the life of your carpet by keeping it from getting matted.

3. Check the Wattage: Only use same wattage bulbs (or lower) in light fixtures. Keep a list of what wattage bulbs you need in the house and stock up on a few ahead of time.

4. Clear the Lines: You should throw out the first batch of ice cubes from your fridge and run an empty cycle through your washing machine to clear any dirt that may have gotten into your water lines when your water meter was set.

5. Dishwasher Power: If your dishwasher isn’t getting power, look for a nearby wall switch that should power it. Also, it’s a good idea to first run an empty cycle with a few cups of water to pump and clear any dirt that may have gotten into your water lines during the build process.

6. GFCI Outlets: All electrical outlets in wet areas of your home (baths, kitchens and garages) are protected by ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets. These outlets need to be tested monthly by pressing the “test” button on them. In addition, although you may not see a GFCI outlet in every wet area, the outlet will be connected to another GFCI outlet. Therefore, if an outlet trips in your powder room, you many need to reset the GFCI outlet in another bathroom.

7. Hardwood Floors: Treat your hardwood floors as you would any fine wood furniture. Never walk on them in high heels or cleats. Always clean up spills promptly, and never use harsh chemicals such as acetone or paint thinner to remove scuffs. Also, never wet mop your floors. Only use a hardwood floor cleaner recommended by your hardwood floor manufacturer.

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