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April 2017: Doors and Windows
Maintenance Matters
Window Cleaning Tips

April is a good month to uncover the windows and let in the sunshine. Dirty windows can seriously dull the moment, so consider a good washing first.

MAINTENANCE MATTERS

Take off the screens. Lay them on a flat surface. Wet the screens thoroughly. Scrub lightly, being careful not to bend the material in the screen. Repair holes. Open any weep holes blocked by sealant, dirt or paint. Open weep holes help pull moist air out of the home and prevent mold and mildew. Reapply weather stripping or sealant. Vacuum any debris from inside the sill and replace the screens. You can use a fine steel wool to clean the tracks to prevent sticking.

If you can, clean and repair windows on cool, cloudy days. Warm, sunny days tend to cause windows to dry too fast, leaving behind streaks and spots. Reassemble windows and enjoy some terrific natural light indoors.

If you are using a ladder to reach the outside of windows, it might be a good time to check the gutters and downspouts for build-up, debris or damage. Clean out any leaves, twigs or other items that may be clogging gutters. Check the manufacturer instructions and follow and safety precautions every time you use a ladder.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Bringing Electricity Home

Do you know where your home’s electricity comes from? The electrical connections powering today’s homes start at a transformer on a pole or somewhere on the ground near the house. Transformers on the ground signify buried electrical lines. Transformers on a utility pole mean the electrical lines come into the house via overhead wires.

If your electrical lines are buried, they won’t be visible outside your home. However, if you have overhead electrical wires, you should regularly take a look at them for safety reasons. Damage to the wire or insulation around the wire can cause electrocution, so look for those things. You can likely check the overhead wires from the ground, and you should never touch the electrical lines.

Height regulations for electrical lines vary from one city to another. For general purposes, all electrical lines should be out of reach of people, vehicles, ladders and other equipment. This includes areas above pools, decks, porches and balconies. Electrical wires should also be clear of trees or other obstructions, including the corner of the house or the edge of a gutter, which could cause abrasion and expose bare wires. Finally, electrical lines should not touch other utility lines entering the home, such as the telephone or cable line.

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MONTHLY TRIVIA QUESTION

Before Spring, Spring time and Springing time, what was the season known as based on an old English word?

  1. Lent
  2. Advent
  3. Epiphany
  4. Pentecost

Be the first to answer correctly and win a $10 Starbuck’s gift card. Submit your answer to your local NPI inspector to find out if you’ve won.

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