We made a New Year’s Resolution to commit to home improvement in 2013 and we are excited to share our first project. This project is about bringing the stillness and silence of winter into your home. Since you spend more time indoors this time of year, you’ll feel refreshed after fixing a few pesky noise-makers.
Silence the Creaks
You may start to notice squeaky doors throughout your whole home. There is an easy fix for all of the creaky doors you find. Just attack the hinges and sliding tracks with some WD-40. Check your kitchen and bathroom cabinets and room doors. This simple fix doesn’t take much time or money. If you notice doors keep creaking and don’t shut tight, this might signal a foundation problem. We will happily check out your foundation to make sure there is no damage.
Stop the Beeps
Your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors may be fine now, but no one in the house will appreciate if they start beeping in the middle of the night. We are not simply worried about a pesky beep keeping you up at night- we want to make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are ready to do their job and alert you. So, you need to check and replace those batteries. Do not simply remove them, but have the new batteries with you as you check each detector in your home.
Have noisy pipes when you use water? If the pipes are noisy when you turn the sink on and off, you may have a water hammer problem or the pipes are not properly secured to the wall. You may need to lower the water pressure to below 60 psi. You can use a pressure-reducing valve or have a plumber check out the situation.
We hope you’ll take a day to invest in your home this month. Try these ideas for keeping your home quiet and running well! Did we forget any common noisemakers? Let us know what you’ve found.