November Home Maintenance To-Do List
To-Do #3: Clean Clothes Washer Water Line Filters
Water lines on washing machines have filters to prevent sediment from getting into the machine. If it seems like your washer is taking longer to fill up, clogged filters may be the culprit. It may be a little awkward to get to the washer water inlets; but once you do, cleaning water filters is quick and easy, here’s how.
To Clean Washer Water Line Filters:
- Turn off the water supply valves, located in the supply box behind or beside your washer.
- If possible, pull the washer out from the wall so that you can get behind it. If this isn’t feasible, you’ll need to reach over or behind the washer to get to the inlet lines.
- Unscrew the supply lines from the washer, and locate the filters on the machine inlets.
- Use a spray bottle and small, stiff brush to scrub away any dirt or debris on the filters.
- Reconnect the water hoses, making sure the hot and cold lines are attached to the correct intakes.
- Turn the water valves back on and check for leaks.
Watch our video on How To Clean Washer Water Filters to see how it’s done.
To-Do #4: Lubricate Door Locks
When you’re busy and on the go during the holidays, sticky door locks can really slow you down. Fortunately, the solution is quick and easy.
Pick up a small tube or bottle of graphite at your home center or hardware store, making sure to choose one with a narrow tip for easy application. Graphite is a dry powder, which makes it the perfect lubricant for door locks, since it doesn’t attract dust or dirt.
Put down a piece of newspaper or plastic to protect the floor under the door lock, and squirt a small amount of powdered graphite into the keyhole. Insert the key and turn it a few times to distribute the lubricant throughout the lock mechanism, and you’re done!
Watch our video on How to Fix a Sticky Door Lock to find out more.
To-Do #5: Fix Squeaky Door Hinges
While you’re at it, give some attention to those squeaky door hinges as well. It won’t be long before Christmas is here, and you wouldn’t want a squeaky hinge calling attention to any sneaky elves!
You can use powdered graphite for door hinges, but the black powder can sift down and stain your floors. For better results, pick up a small container of white lithium grease or machine oil.
To Lubricate Door Hinges:
- Close and latch the door.
- Use a hammer and nail, or a nail set, to tap out the hinge pin.
- Coat the hinge pin with a small amount of white lithium grease or machine oil. A little goes a long way!
- Tap the hinge pin back in the hinge.
- Open and close the door a few times to distribute the lubricate.
- Use a rag to wipe up any extra grease or oil that squeezes out of the hinge.
Watch How to Fix Squeaky Door Hinges to see how it’s done.