July Home Maintenance To-Do List

High Angle View Of Woman Cleaning The Sink

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.

Hurricane supplies.

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
  • Cash

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.

Watch our video on Preparing for the Worst to find out more, and download our printable Hurricane Supply List.

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  1. Loved the show about the pavers in the front and staining concrete in the back. I need a total makeover on my back yard so I can put on an Engagement Party for my daughter when she comes home from Boston in September. I am going to try the pavers for a patio area with a firepit..

  2. Love Today’s Homeowners TV show. Wish you were on 1 hour instead of 30 minutes.
    -Mrs. Johnnie Ireson-

  3. How do I get rid of the stinky smell coming from my bathroom sink? My husband plunged it and this black gunk came out of it, but it still smells.

  4. Love your show even though it’s an early Saturday morning wake up for us to view it, can never remember to dvr it!! Also love your monthly update with tips for the month. With any house, the rule is “there’s always something”, and that stands true for ours. We’ve gotten some great ideas and great hints from your show. Now, could you tell us, why does every year the yard seem to get LARGER for care of the lawn and beds and such? Haha, yeah we know the answer to that one. Love your show!

  5. For the question from another viewer about the stinky bathroom sink – I use 1/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup table salt and 1/2 cup white vinegar. I pour it down my drains, wait 20 minutes and then flush with very hot water. Works for me and all natural – no chemicals. Thanks for a terrific show. (Unfortunately, as I type this, Dish Satellite is in dispute with Tribune (Channel 5 locally) and I won’t be able to see it. I hope the issue is resolved quickly.)

  6. Have consistent problem with door going from sunroom out onto deck.
    Sunroom is raised over rear patio. In winter door binds on threshold. In summer door will not lock due to stricker position. Have relocated lock
    holes twice. Door is fiberglass five years old. I realize problem is due to
    expansion/contraction . How do I fix this. Would a wood door act the same way?
    Love your show.

  7. My siding was replaced in 2008 and caulking was used to seal joints. Shortly after that time caulking was replaced using a metal plate under joint. My caulking has dried out in some spots and am wondering if a metal plate be inserted under joint?

  8. Ever since our home burned we can smell a musty odor( inside)coming in location where outside new chimney had to be put up. We have sealed all places where think coming from and still there , been 10 years!! Front door next to it , we also checked that.


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