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Maintenance Videos

Holiday Builders is here with helpful tips to keep your new home in great shape!

Caring for your new home by performing regular maintenance will keep it fresh and new to help maintain its value.


Vinyl Flooring can be cut, dented by high heels, and torn very easily. Whenever you are moving anything around on the vinyl flooring, please beware that vinyl flooring can be damaged very easily.

Dishwashers require a water temperature of 120 degrees to break down the detergent. If you lower the temperature of your hot water heater your dishwasher will not perform as expected. Please read the instructions and requirements noted on the detergent you buy. Do not use any detergent that is not made for dishwashers.

Stainless Steel Kitchen Sinks can and will pit and rust if you leave SOS or Brillo pads resting on top of them or if you use them to clean the sink. Also, leaving metal objects that are not corrosive resistant will leave rust stains. Soft Scrub or Zud Cleansing Powder are recommended for cleaning.

GFI Electrical Outlets are the outlets in the bathrooms, in the garage, kitchen, and all outlets found on the exterior of the house, including patios. These outlets are designed to prevent electrical injury and will cut off power to the outlets. Once you notice there is no power going to these outlets, you will need to reset the breaker button found on one of the outlets. The most likely area to find the outlet with the reset button is in the garage or bathrooms, but if not found there check the other areas mentioned above.

Caulking is a very important maintenance procedure and must be done at least once a year to prevent damage to the following areas:

1. Vinyl floors where they meet the cabinets, baseboards, around toilets, and up against the tile area at a shower. The purpose of caulking these areas is to prevent moisture from getting under the vinyl which will make the vinyl become loose.
2. Cabinets should be re-caulked where the countertop meets the backsplash to prevent water from entering. The most important area is behind the sinks.
3. Sinks in the bathrooms and in the kitchen should be caulked where the sink meets the countertops to prevent water from entering that area.
4. Tubs should be caulked where they meet the tile. Due to settling, the grout around these areas will break loose, but caulking will restore its appearance.
5. Windows, doors and exterior siding should be re-caulked at least once a year with a caulk suitable for exterior use and that can be painted.

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Air Conditioning, Part One

Replacing your AC can be a costly venture. Follow along with Warranty Manager Doug Riedel to learn some easy tips and tricks to keep your air handler up to par. First up...replacing your old air filters!

Air Conditioning, Part Two

After seeing how easy it is to change your indoor air filter, Warranty Manager Doug Riedel shows us the ins and outs of keeping the condensation line free from mold. In other words, keeping your air conditioner running A-OK!

Shower Grout Cracks

Interior home wall cracks are not the only types of imperfections that are possible. Another common issue is cracks in the shower grout. Warranty Manager Doug Riedel shows us an easy way to seal up the cracks with color caulking and avoid water intrusion.

Exterior Stucco Cracks

Follow along with Holiday Builders' Warranty Manager Doug Riedel as he tackles how to fix exterior stucco cracks and corner blowouts that will keep water out of your home during the rainy season!

Squeaky Doors

Holiday Builders' Warranty Manager Doug Riedel shows you how easy it can be to fix an annoying squeaky door!

Smoke Detectors

When that annoying chirping noise starts, you know what time it is! The smoke detectors in your house need new batteries. It may seem like a daunting task, but Doug Riedel of Holiday Builders shows you it's just another drop in the bucket!

Resetting GFCI Outlets

Ever have a plug not work in your household? There is a good chance that the circuit has been tripped. Holiday Builders' Warranty Manager Doug Riedel explains how GFCI outlets work and how to reset them when necessary.

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