Front Load Washer Maintenance

Front-load washers are designed for high-efficiency operation while using low energy. But unfortunately, there is a downside to this energy-saving washer model. Some consumers have experienced mould or unpleasant odours developing in their front-load washers. Once present, these issues can be quite difficult to resolve. However, with a little extra care, you may be able to prevent these issues from occurring.
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Good Growing Advice

Electrical Cord Near-Miss

This testimonial came from a Trican Client and has been re-formatted into this Bulletin. It has two very powerful learning’s, one about electrical safety, and the other about intervention. It’s very much worth the read. The statement below and the pictures have not been altered from the original document.

View pictures here (PDF).
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Safety Alerts

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Carbon Monoxide FAQs

  1. What is Carbon Monoxide (CO)?

    • CO is a colorless, odourless and tasteless poison gas that can be fatal when inhaled
    • It is sometimes called the “silent killer”.
    • Carbon monoxide is the product of incomplete combustion.
    • Carbon monoxide inhibits the blood’s capacity to carry oxygen.
    • CO can be produced when burning any fossil fuel: gasoline, propane, natural gas, oil and wood.
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Home Component Life

A well-built home can last for hundreds of years, but many of its parts must be replaced or renovated regularly. Here’s a sampling of life expectancies for different products and materials used in the home, as listed in a report titled “1997 Housing Facts, Figures and Trends” published by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) based in Washington, D.C.

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Edmonton Sun Article

Homes Editor
December 1, 2002

If there were such a thing as a home psychologist in Greater Edmonton, the line of bitter and stressed-out houses seeking therapy would stretch for miles.

“I’m feeling smothered,” the two-storey ’80s model would say. “Can’t they see all this dust and humidity is killing me?”

“If that so-called ‘handy-man’ attempts one more repair, I’ll crumble to the ground,” moans a 1950s bi-level.
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Care Of Urethane Wood Floors

The key to lasting beauty of your wood flooring investment is proper maintenance for the life of your floor. A properly maintained floor should last at least ten years and even longer if surface recoating is applied on a regular basis.

The following are some excellent guidelines for maintaining today’s wood floors:

  • All hardwood floors regardless of how the floor has been finished must be properly maintained to ensure the beauty and life of the floor.
  • Every floor must be dust mopped, vacuumed or swept with a soft bristle broom daily, or as often as necessary, to remove grit and dust from the surface. Walking on dusty or dirty floor is the fastest way to damage a finish.
  • Place floor mats (carpet runners) at all exterior entrances. This will capture much of the harmful dirt before it even reaches the hardwood floor. Shake out, wash or vacuum mats and area rugs frequently.
  • Floor protector pads of soft felt or similar material should be placed on the bottoms of the legs of the furniture. Floor protectors must be kept clean of grit and periodically replaced.
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Top Ten Trouble Zones

Zone Location Symptom Risks Costs Recommended Action
1 Tub and Shower Failed caulking, grout, softflooring Rooted flooring, structuraldamage $5,000-up Inspect caulking, crawl area; re-caulk, grout, seal as needed
2 Roof Curled or missing shingles, roof debris, moss Roof leaks; water damage to floors, walls $15,000-up Inspect and clean roof, flashings, skylights; remove debris quarterly
3 Gutters and downspouts Debris, leaky seams, inadequate drainage Damage to foundation, siding, gutters and eaves $1,000-$75,000 Inspect and clean gutters, downspouts, drainage quarterly
4 Water heater Rust, dirty water, leaks, lack of heat Water heater bursts, house floods, floors destroyed $5,000-$15,000 Inspect, clean, and flush water heater annually; replace anode rod
5 Doors and windows Leaks, gaps or cracks in caulk, wood damage Walls, windows, trim, siding need replacement $5,000-$15,000 Inspect flashing, caulking, paint and weather stripping annually
6 Furnace Soot at vents, doors, broken, flues and ducting; high utility bills Carbon monoxide poisoning $200-up Test, inspect and service furnace and filters, test for toxic gas emissions annually
7 Deck Splitting, rot, weathering, lifting nails, splinters, loose railing Deck failure, premature replacement, and safety hazards $6,000-up Inspect, clean, seal wood annually, reset nails, replace boards
8 Garage door Loose hardware, noise, faulty reverser, spring malfunction, jerky Personal injury, damage to car, failure of door opener $750-up Inspect, test, lubricate, tighten and adjust hardware of door and reverser annually
9 Sinks Leaks under sinks, clogs, rusted traps, faulty shut-off valves Damage to cabinets, walls, floors, and rot $600-up Inspect, test and service plumbing annually. Early detection is key.
10 Attic and crawl space Insufficient ventilation, moisture, mildew, rodents, insects, foundation cracks Hidden rot, foundation damage, and structural damage $5,000-up Inspect spaces
and foundation, ensure adequate ventilation

Proper Indoor Humidity

During the heating season, the average home may have a relative humidity as low as 13%. Amazingly, this is about ½ the relative humidity in the Sahara Desert! What should indoor relative humidity be, then? That depends on outside temperatures, as indicated below:

When The Outdoor Temperature Is: The Relative Humidity Should Be Maintained At:
+40 45%
+30 40%
+20 35%
+10 30%
0 25%
-10 23%
-20 15%

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