The Must-Do 52 Archive

Week #27


Clean your range hood’s grease filter.

Did you know you’re supposed to clean your range hood’s grease filter? If not, then join the club. These filters serve an important purpose and should be cleaned at least once a month. If ignored, the grease filter will become saturated which can cause grease to build up on cabinets, counters and floors. Grease can also build up in the hood’s exhaust system which can be a fire hazard. So don’t delay—add this task to your summer to-do list.


Check for leaks at hose bibs.

Leaky spigots may not seem like a big deal, but they can lead to significant (not to mention costly) problems. Dripping spigots waste a lot of water and can inflate your monthly water bill. If ignored long enough, these leaks can cause erosion and lead to foundation problems. Repairing a leaky hose bib could be as simple as tightening the nut within the spigot. However, it could require replacing the spigot altogether. If that’s the case, it’s best to call in a plumber to help. Find one in your area, here.

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Pressure wash your deck.

Decks, like cars and people, need regular baths. Annual cleanings with a pressure washer will help remove any dirt, mold or mildew. These contaminants can be dangerous to your deck’s surface. They can deteriorate the materials, and they’re also slippery, leading to spills for those who aren’t surefooted. But be cautious when using a pressure washer for cleanings. These machines are powerful and can cause physical injury and property damage if not used correctly. Learn more about pressure washing.

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