Columbus Ohio real estate

Furnace Friday - Whistle while you work

Furnace Friday is a Feature on this site...

There was much to-do March in a Real Living HER email campaign from a few years ago.  The postcard says "Did you know home maintenance saves you time and money?"   Sometimes home maintenance saves lives.

March Home Maintenance

The canned commentary on the ecard said:

"In like a lion and out like a lamb, March offers the perfect opportunity to inspect home elements before the onset of spring fever.

-Inspect walls and ceilings for cracks or bulges - patch and paint as necessary.

-Hire a professional to check your water heater.*

-Check basement and crawl space for moisture or leakage after wet weather.

-Examine exterior fascia and trim for deterioration.

-Repair cracked, broken or uneven driveways and sidewalks.

-Inspect your stairs and railings for any loose sections."

I used this email postcard and Real Living HER's maintenance list for the first Friday of the month of March...

Columbus Ohio real estate - Furnace Filter Friday -  March 2011

The month of March got away from me.  Only one week left in March!  Do you have any March Maintenance left to do?  Whistle while you work?   In Whistle While You Work, a post from home inspector Jay Markanich about furnace ducts and drafting with an important message, he wrote:

"My recommendation:  always, always, always check the exhaust tubing over gas appliances.  Check it carefully!  If it doesn't sound right, it probably isn't.  And there should be no holes caused by corrosion and no gaps.  The draft can be checked with the smoke from a blown-out candle.  It pays to check the flow of the draft now and then.  And you can do it! "

Read Jay's post for the mystery of what was whistling.

The ecard says "Did you know home maintenance saves you time and money?"    Jay's post about one of the times home maintenance can saves lives. 

Buy a carbon monoxide detector.  Test your current carbon monoxide detector. 

A gas water heater is a gas appliance.*  A large percentage of homes in Central Ohio have a gas water heater.   See the second item  in the list?  "Hire a professionla to check your water heater." I always wondered who came up with the monthly lists for home maintenance... they always sounded more like the marketing department than someone who really knew much about home maintenance.  I sometimes thought things like hire a professional to check your water heater sounded kind of odd.  What would they check for?  A geyser of water spewing out of it?   A large pool of water under the water heater?

"Sir, there is a problem with your hot water heater."

Or maybe the post card copywriter was saying the 'professional"  would be checking that the temperature was set right, adjusting the thermost for you... I am NOT a home maintenance expert but I say hire a handy man to do maintenance on your hot water heater such as draining off the sediment, if that is your thing and you are not capable of doing it yourself but follow Jay's recommendation to check the exhaust.  It should not be a once a year thing.

It pays to check the flow of the draft now and then.  And you can do it! "  


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Comment balloon 2 commentsMaureen McCabe • March 25 2011 10:13AM


Very true, there are so many little things you can do they will save you BIG bucks later.

And whistle all the way to the bank

Enjoy the day

Posted by Don MacLean, Realtor - Homes For Sale - Franklin MA (Simolari & MacLean REMAX EXECUTIVE REALTY) almost 6 years ago

"A stich in time saves nine". This is a truism that does applies to home mainrenance directly.

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) almost 6 years ago