Home Maintenance Reminders

Show your dryer some love

Most people know to clean the lint screen after every load of laundry. Keeping that filter clear will shorten the drying cycle, save you money, and prevent any potential fire hazards.

It is also good practice to regularly, but at least twice a year, remove the lint that accumulates at the bottom of the housing that holds your lint screen.

 

What 
Dryers require regular simple maintenance to keep working safely & efficiently.

 

Why 
To avoid potential fire hazards and having to do costly repairs to your appliances.

 

How 
It goes without saying that you should clean your lint screen after every load of laundry. Keeping the filter clear will shorten the drying cycle, save you money, and prevent any potential fire hazards. It is also a good practice to regularly, but at least twice a year, remove the lint that accumulates at the bottom of the housing that holds your lint screen. You can generally use a vacuum cleaner’s flat attachment to reach down in the housing to suck out anything that has accumulated in there. Finally, you should be cleaning out your dryer’s exhaust duct using a dryer duct cleaning brush (it’s a stiff bristled circular brush with a flexible handle that you can buy at most hardware stores) at least twice a year. The exhaust duct vents your dryers exhaust to the outside of your house and can become a fire hazard if not kept clear. Consider doing this more often (say monthly) if you do heavy amounts of laundry on a consistent basis. Many service providers sell regular service plans to handle this for you, so consider signing up for one.

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Your Guide to July

The dog days of summer have arrived, but we’re here to help you get through them with the following list of this month’s coolest happenings. See what’s in store for July!

July 4 — Independence Day

Are you ready to celebrate America’s birthday? Here are some fun facts to get you pumped up for the holiday:

  • More than 16,000 official fireworks displays are held across the U.S. each year.

  • Macy’s fireworks show in NYC is the largest in the country.

  • 150 million hot dogs are consumed annually on the 4th.

July 15 — National Ice Cream Day

Take a break from the summer heat by indulging in your favorite ice cream flavor, or get creative with one of these super-easy homemade ice cream recipes! (Bonus tip: July is actually National Ice Cream Month, so if you’re a true ice cream lover, you have all month long to celebrate!)

July 17 — 89th MLB All-Star Game

This year’s Midsummer Classic takes place at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., where the best in baseball will come together to showcase their talents. Play ball!

 

July 22 — Parents’ Day

No matter how old you get, it’s always important to let your parents know you appreciate them. Make sure you’re the favorite this year by doing something extra special for Mom and Dad, and if you’re a parent yourself, take this opportunity to have some you time. You deserve it!

July 31 — National Mutt Day

Did you know mixed-breed dogs make up about 80% of shelter dogs across the country? There’s just as much to love about mutts as there is about purebreds; in fact, mixed-breed dogs tend to be healthier and live longer than their purebred counterparts. So if you’re thinking of adding a furry friend to your family, consider adopting from your local shelter. Can’t adopt? National Mutt Day is a great time to donate or volunteer to help bring awareness to the millions of lovable mutts that need a forever home.

In honor of flag day!

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As a child of career military father, a flag was always present at our home and I proudly display mine at my home.

People show their love for America by displaying flags along streets, hanging them from porches, and proudly carrying them in the town parade. Old Glory is everywhere. But did you know there are official rules on properly displaying the U.S. flag? This guide from USAGov, based on the Federal Flag Code, can help you show respect for the flag:

  • When: You can display the flag outside from sunrise to sunset. If you want to fly it after dark, it will need to be lit. Don’t fly the flag during bad weather, unless it’s an all-weather flag.
  • On the porch: The union of the flag–the blue section with white stars–should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff. When the flag is suspended…

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Your Guide to June

 

Happy June! Are you ready for some summer fun?

Make this June one for the books with the following ideas for a fun-filled month.

Chill with Your Bestie

June 8 — National Best Friends Day

Friends are the family we choose. Do you have a best friend who means a lot to you? Celebrate your friendship by scheduling some time to do something you both enjoy. Whether it’s an epic outdoor adventure or an evening of drinks and good conversation, time spent with your best pal is always time well spent!

Do Something for Dad

June 17 — Father’s Day

Want to create a Father’s Day that dad will remember? This year, trade the cards and grill sets for experiences, like a day at the ball park or a weekend camping trip. Even something as simple as a quiet family dinner can make for meaningful memories that he’ll cherish for years to come.

Kick Off Summer with an Outdoor Shindig

June 21 — First Day of Summer 

It’s officially here! Give summer a proper welcome by hosting an outdoor bash with friends and family. Think backyard barbecue, luau-themed pool party, or outdoor movie night. Don’t forget the food and libations, like this Southern BBQ Chicken and Peach Iced Tea. If you haven’t planned your summer vacation yet, now is the time to start! Get inspired with these 5 Ideas for a Memorable Summer Getaway.

File Your Taxes

June 22 — Take Your Dog to Work Day®

Did you know that bringing your four-legged friends to work can actually boost morale? According to a 2016 survey, 88% of employees agreed, and 85% said it creates a better work-life balance. Take Your Dog to Work Day (TYDTWD) is a special opportunity to celebrate your love of Fido with like-minded coworkers, while bringing awareness to pet-friendly causes. Need help convincing your employer to host a TYDTWD? Pet Sitters International offers a free toolkit filled with helpful resources.

Pass on Plastic

June 28 — National Insurance Awareness Day

Raise your hand if you’ve: had a birthday in the past year, had a baby, bought a house, or you basically have anything valuable you want to protect. Sound like you? (News flash: It’s all of us.) Make sure the stuff that matters to you is properly insured. Take some time to assess your coverage and make the changes that are right for you. #Adulting

 

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What Is Memorial Day Weekend???

 

Memorial Day isn’t just an opportunity for a barbecue or beach trip. It’s a day 20171007_150300 honoring American soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. 

We all live busy lives and while we know Memorial Day is important, doing even little things to commemorate the day often alludes us. A great way to honor these men and  woman and to show appreciation for our freedom  is to join in one of the many events happening around the bay state. 

How can I honor them, you say??? Here are a few ideas that you could easily fit into your weekend.

  • You could attend one the many parades or ceremonies that are taking place (Billerica’s parade starts at 10am on Monday with a ceremony at the WWI/WWII Monument on the common)

  • You could volunteer to place flags at the headstones of veterans (Billerica is meeting at Fox Hill Cemetery at 9am on Sat the 26th)

  • You could stop what you are doing at  3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day which is the official National Moment of Remembrance.

  • You can wear a red poppy as they are known as a symbol of remembrance and it is a tradition to wear them to honor those who died in war.

  • You can donate to a charity that supports our veterans

  • You could volunteer at a local VA hospital (Bedford VA is not that far!)

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  • Or simply, display your flag! Fly our Red White and Blue Banner in pride. The colors are symbolic. The White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valor, and the Blue above the stripes signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.

 

You can find/search special events in your area here – http://archive.boston.com/yourtown/specials/memorial_day_events_around_boston/

Freedom and Liberty will always have a price and it has been paid in blood by so many. It continues to cost the lives of those so eager and willing to pay for it. That cost must be honored lest we may each have to pay an equal price.