More Time at Home Means More Wear and Tear
For many of you, it may feel like the honeymoon phase of working from home is over as we all settle into our new reality. That said, the more time you spend at home, the more wear and tear is happening due to unprecedented increases in plumbing and water consumption, electronic overload and even cleaning/disinfecting. Here are some tips to save your space from these issues!
Due to the high demand of toilet paper, many folks have had to work with what’s been available to them. This means all kinds of materials have been flushed down the toilet that could lead to major sewer backups. Keep your Lysol wipes, paper towels, Kleenex and other items out of the toilet to maintain a healthy flow of water through your pipes.
With so many people working from home, water usage has skyrocketed and you might see a huge spike in your utility bill as a result. Running the dishwasher more often, fitting in more laundry loads, and even the simple increase in toilet flushes throughout the day can add up. Staying home can affect your home’s humidity levels as well. Cooking, showering and breathing produce the most humidity in your home, so keep these steps in mind to keep levels between 25-30%:
- Turn your HRV on, keep it clean and use it for regular living rather than just while bathing
- Turn your range fan on during and after cooking
- Keep an eye on your thermostat and humidity levels to avoid unwanted damage to cabinetry, hardwood, sills and finishing
If you’re working from home, your job might’ve required you to bring your entire desk setup home with you, which in turn makes for a major boost in power. Having to keep your devices plugged in and running all day could be quite a shock to your home’s electrical system, so try to unplug devices when they are fully charged (if possible) and be sure to shut off your work station when the day is done.
cleaning with a catch:
While it is important to keep surfaces as clean and sanitized as possible, you do need to consider the types of materials throughout your home and what kind of chemicals might be doing more harm than good. here are some handy resources from a few of our partners!
- A countertop Care Guide from Urban Granite
- Some cabinet Care & Cleaning tips from Kitchen Craft
- Tips for maintaining laminate and hardwood floors from Divine Flooring
Spring into seasonal maintenance
With everything going on in the world, it’s easy to forget about real-life, everyday tasks that are otherwise top-of-mind this time of year. Here’s a kind reminder to start thinking of the following Spring Maintenance Must-Do’s:
- Check your downspouts
- Check your sump pump
- Check your filters
For more information, check out our blog post all about Spring Maintenance!