To-Do #5: Clean Bathroom Sink and Tub Drains
Hair and other debris can build up in bathroom drains, causing drains to run slow and result in clogging over time.
To clean tub or sink drains, start by removing the drain assembly or stopper, and clean with an old toothbrush and paper towels.
A drain stick, available at home centers, is the best way to remove hair and other debris from the drain.
Insert the drain stick into the drain, and use it to remove any material inside the drain pipe. Use paper towels to wipe off the drain stick.
After the debris has been removed, pour a cup of bleach down the drain, and let it sit for 15 minutes to kill any mold and mildew in the drain pipe.
Finally, flush the drain with hot water, and reinstall the drain assembly.
To-Do #6: Stock Up on Hurricane Supplies
If you live in on or near the Eastern Seaboard or along the Gulf Coast of the United States, July is a good time to stock up on food, bottled water and other necessary household supplies in the event a hurricane or other severe weather strikes.
Household hurricane supplies to have on hand include:
- First aid kit
- Nonperishable food and bottled water
- Battery-powered weather radio and AM/FM battery-powered radio
- Toilet paper, hand sanitizer and other toiletry items
- Flashlights, battery-powered lamps, and extra batteries
- Manual can opener
- Sunscreen and mosquito repellant
- Full gas cans
- Corded telephone
- Plastic sheeting or tarps
- Rope and duct tape
- Fire extinguisher
- Baby and pet supplies
Also, be sure to make copies of your important documents, including your homeowner’s insurance policy, and store them in a plastic bag for protection from water and to have on hand if you need to evacuate.
For more home maintenance to-do lists, check out:
- Summer Home Maintenance To-Do List
- Fall Home Maintenance To-Do List
- Winter Home Survival Guide
- Spring Home Improvement Guide
- Monthly Lawn & Garden To-Do Lists