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Things to Know About Your New Home

Homeownership is something you should take great pride in but remember, it also comes with added responsibility while learning new things along the way. Before you submit a service request online, check out these documents and videos as you may be surprised to find the simple solution right here!

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How and when should I change my furnace filter?

For maximum efficiency, your furnace filter should be replaced or cleaned regularly. Clogged filters can cause a unit to malfunction. Watch this video to make sure you’re installing it correctly.

What should I know about my garbage disposal?

Be sure to always turn off the switch before trying to unclog! Food should not be deposited into an inactivated disposal and the unit then turned on. The disposal will provide more effective disposing action if cold water is running and the unit is turned on prior to depositing food into it. When the unit is running, cold water should be used. Once a month, ice cubes can be chopped up in it to clean it. 

How do I remove the lever door handle?

Occasionally interior doors can cause minor problems.  Most door problems can be handled with minimum skill. Tony from Signature Companies LLC shows us how to remove the handle of a lever door handle if needed.

How do I shut the water off on my toilet?

You and your family should become familiar with the various water supply shutoff valves in your plumbing system. A good practice is to label each one for easy reference with a tag. Toilet valves are located under the toilet.

Where is the main water shutoff in my home?

You and your family should become familiar with the various water supply shutoff valves in your plumbing system. A good practice is to label each one for easy reference with a tag. The main shutoff valve is normally located adjacent to the front hose bib or the water heater. 

What do I need to know about my electrical panel?

Most municipal electrical codes now require bathroom and exterior convenience outlets to be wired to breakers which utilize Ground Fault Interrupter Circuits (GFI). These circuits are very sensitive and any undue resistance or overload will trip the breakers. Do not use heavy appliances or more than one appliance at a time on these circuits.

Why are the inside of my windows wet?

Condensation on the interior of windows occurs when warm air comes into contact with cool glass, especially in the colder months as indoor air is warmer and more humid. Watch this video for tips on how to avoid condensation on the inside of your windows in the winter months. It’s easier than you may think!

How do you remove the windows to clean them?

Like it or not, cleaning your windows just got easier! Check out this quick video on how to easily remove the windows in your new Signature Companies home.

How should I program my thermostat?

Might seem simple but don’t overlook the controls on your thermostat. By properly setting the controls, this easy tip could save you money in the long run.

Why do my cabinet doors rub together?

If you notice your cabinet doors being slightly off level or even rubbing on each other, make some minor adjustments with this easy fix so your cabinets stay beautiful for years to come.

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