Ted Fox Jr. and his family have lived in Vernon for six generations. For plumbing, heating, cooling, and electrical jobs, give Fox a call at 1-844-966-1028.

Make a list and check it twice: Prep your home for the holidays!

From Christmas lights to turkey grease, the holidays put your home to the test

You won’t be carolling from door to door or hosting a big holiday party this year, but your home could still use some love over the holidays.

Before you pour a glass of eggnog and light the yule log, check this home care list to ensure you have a happy holiday!

Deck the halls

Don’t risk your life like Chevy Chase — hire someone handy to string up your outdoor lights. Right now Fox is offering a Holiday Light Promo where they’ll hang your Christmas lights (as long as the job is ladder-accessible) and conduct a free electrical inspection.

“That’s the real value of hiring Fox — you have a home improvement nerd in your house, and they love answering questions,” Fox says.

Worried there’s a defect in your electrical panel? Wondering how hard it would be to protect an outdoor plug or install an extra light switch? Your Fox technician is happy to help.

If you’re determined to hang the lights yourself, Fox has one piece of advice: “Be careful not to overload your outlets with too many cords.”

He knows when you’ve been bad or good

For monitoring Christmas package deliveries (or to try and catch Kris Kringle on Christmas Eve), install a doorbell camera. You’ll receive notifications on your phone whenever the camera senses motion on your doorstep, and you can even talk to delivery workers remotely! Fox sells doorbell cameras, or they can install one you purchased elsewhere.

Sewer pipe surgeons get the yuck unstuck

What do these three things have in common?

  • bacon grease
  • coffee grinds
  • candle wax

You guessed it: three things you should never put down the drain.

“Even if we’re not hosting large gatherings over the holidays this year, it is the season for rich, complicated meals. That can put a lot of stress on your plumbing,” Fox says. “It’s also the time of year when trees grow roots, not leaves, and they often grow into your pipes.”

With new technology, Fox can inspect and even repair your pipes without digging up your lawn or driveway. Similar to arthroscopic surgery with pin-hole cameras, technicians send a camera down your pipes, clear roots and repair cracked pipes. If you consulted a plumber a decade ago and decided there was nothing you could do, Fox says it’s worth trying the latest technology to find a new solution.

Not a creature was stirring, not even a dustbunny

Before you close the windows, turn on the heat and cozy up on the couch, Fox has a friendly reminder.

“Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector. When we button up the house and turn on the heat, poor ventilation means carbon monoxide can accumulate — if you don’t have a detector.”

Air quality is top of mind for many this year, and one of the best ways to breathe easy is to clean your ducts.

“All the air in the house travels through the ducts, so it’s a good idea to clean them out every two to three years. Some people wait 20 to 30 years, and that means you’re breathing in all that dust and debris,” Fox says.

For more home maintenance tips, visit foxandsons.ca or follow them on Facebook. Call 1-833-739-4569 to request service for plumbing, heating, cooling or electrical issues, or schedule service online.

HolidaysHome ImprovementOkanagan

Just Posted

Thirty-four unionized workers represented by MoveUp started rotating job action at VantageOne Credit Union's two Vernon locations Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Workers are calling for basic job protection and fair security. (Jennifer Smith - Vernon Morning Star)
VantageOne staff urged to take tentative deal in Vernon

It’s been more than one month since union workers went on strike

A part-time staff member at Vernon’s Chartwell Carrington Place Retirement Residence has tested positive for COVID-19, the seniors home’s general manager said Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (Chartwell photo)
COVID-19 case confirmed at Vernon seniors home

An employee at Carrington Place has tested positive; Interior Health is not declaring an outbreak

Vernon's Noric House long-term care facility is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Vernon COVID-19 care home deaths now up to 13

Another member of Noric House has passed

Interior Health reported 91 new COVID-19 cases in the region Jan. 20, 2021 and three additional deaths. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
95 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health, two deaths

Another member of Vernon’s Noric House has passed

Bernie Sanders at Kal Lake. (5iveby5ive)
PHOTOS: Bernie in Vernon

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has once again delighted the internet with his insta-meme status

Businesses continue to struggle under COVID-19 restrictions as the pandemic reaches the one-year mark. (B.C. government)
Another 564 COVID-19 cases, mass vaccine plan coming Friday

15 more deaths, community cluster declared in Williams Lake

A specialized RCMP team is investigating a suspicious trailer, which might have connections to the illicit drug trade, found abandoned outside a Cache Creek motel. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> files)
Police probe U-Haul trailer linked to illicit drugs left outside Cache Creek motel

Hazardous materials found inside believed to be consistent with the production of illicit drugs

Premier John Horgan leaves the podium following his first press conference of the year as he comments on various questions from the media in the Press Gallery at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, January 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Interprovincial travel restrictions a no-go, Horgan says after reviewing legal options

The B.C. NDP government sought legal advice as concerns of travel continue

Kevin Lee Barrett is charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault. (Facebook)
Court hears of victim’s injuries in West Kelowna attempted murder trial

Two-week-long trial continues for Kevin Barrett, accused of trying to kill mother in West Kelowna

Robert Riley Saunders. (File)
Disgraced Kelowna social worker faces another class-action lawsuit

Zackary Alphonse claims he was not informed of resources available to him upon leaving government care

A mother hold hands with her daughter while sharing about her struggles with addiction during Overdose Awareness Day. (Jesse Major/Black Press file)
Overdose and suicide support group starts in Penticton

Penticton was one of the province’s communities hardest hit by the overdose crisis in 2020

The steel mills in the Hamilton waterfront harbour are shown in Hamilton, Ont., on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Dyer: Stay the course on Carbon pricing

Kristy Dyer has a background in art and physics and consulted for Silicon Valley

Gem Lake Top, at Big White Ski Resort, seen at Jan. 8. (Big White Ski Resort)
Big White cancels $7.3M in lift tickets, accommodations due to COVID-19 orders

Since November, the ski resort has been forced to make several changes

Voting is the number one, bare minimum way to have your voice heard by government. (File photo)
Jocelyn’s Jottings: Want to make change? Here are some suggestions

As a citizen you have a voice, you just have to know who to talk to

Most Read