Bobthe Handyman

Bob's Tips


Clean all Gutters - maintaining clean gutters prevents water from overflowing onto siding and seeping into your foundation.  This will also help prevent soil erosion from water spillage.

Adjust Irrigation Timers - let nature do it's job during the rainy winter months.  Adjusting timers on sprinklers and irrigation systems will help to conserve water and cut water costs.

Insulate exterior plumbing - be sure to protect your outside plumbing from freezing during winter cold snaps.

Caulk exterior windows & doors - Caulking helps prevent drafts and moisture intrusion.  Protect you home from water damage and reduce heating costs a the same time.

Seal light switches and outlets -sealing the space behind your light switches and outlet plates with a foam gasket will prevent cold air from coming through the wall space into heated living areas. This should be done even on interior walls.

Indoor furnace rooms - If your furnace room is inside your house, and combustion air is supplied from the attic or crawl space, apply weather-stripping around the door to stop air from entering into your living area. (note: the screened holes in the floors, ceilings, and sometimes doors of indoor furnace rooms are designed as intakes for your furnace.  They should not be sealed.  They are for your safety.

System maintenance - Clean and replace your furnace and air-conditioner filters monthly, and have your complete system checked and serviced annually.  A clean and well-maintained unit runs much more safely, efficiently, and inexpensively.

Thermostat - Install an automatic setback programmable thermostat to control your heating and air-conditioning more efficiently.  These programmable units allow you to turn them off while you are sleeping or away, and you can set them to come on any time you like.

Water heater - Installing a water heater blanket and insulating the first five feet of both the hot and cold water pipes can reduce operating costs by up to 15%.  If you have a gas water heater, be sure to leave a three-inch clearance around both the access door at the bottom and the gas flue (the metal exhaust pipe at the top.