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What Water Damage Can You Clean up Yourself—and When Do You Need a Professional?

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’ve recently suffered a water leak in your home, you may be overwhelmed at the thought of cleaning up  the damage yourself. Indeed, water remediation is a task often best left to the professionals. However, there are a few things you can do to speed the process along — as well as help prevent further damage to your walls, floors, and furniture. Read on to learn more about the steps you should take immediately upon learning of a water leak, as well as the situations in which you should consult a professional water and...

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How To Prevent Your Air Conditioner From Breaking Down

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Many homeowners find that their air conditioner breaks down at the least opportune times. No matter how well you maintain your air conditioner, you will likely need to have it repaired at some point. Here are a few tips that will help you prevent your air conditioner from breaking down. Clean the Filter One way you can keep your air conditioner repair bills down is by cleaning the filters on a regular basis. You can clean the filter of your HVAC unit for reuse by vacuuming it.  Ideally, you should clean the filters once every few months,...

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Prepare Your Water Heater For Winter

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

With winter’s cold weather on the way and out of town visitors coming for the holidays, many homeowners are asking themselves what can be done to stretch the hot water in their home. These tips will help you get the most out of your hot water heater this winter. Inspect your Hot Water Heater As a homeowner, you know that you’ll be in trouble if your water heater breaks down in the middle of a holiday party, long weekend, or when out of town visitors are staying in your guest room. To prevent this from happening, inspect your hot...

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Common Air Conditioning Problems And Solutions

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Like any other major household appliance, air conditioners come equipped with their own set of electrical and mechanical problems. The more you know about these problems, the easier it will be for you to deal with them on your own. You will be able to handle some of the problems on your own, and others will merit reaching out to an AC specialist for assistance. Problem #1: The Air Conditioner Does Not Turn On It is not uncommon for an air conditioning unit to fail to turn on at the start of the summer. When this happens, it could be because...

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PEX Is The Choice For A Remodel

Posted by on Nov 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Plumbing materials have changed in many ways over the years. In centuries past, people were restricted by the need to use materials that did not require a lot of intricate work. Thus, they would use bamboo, hollow logs, rock, and clay. These materials worked fairly well, but they are nothing compared to the materials that are available today. If you have a plumbing project to complete in your home, then you should use the best materials available. When it comes to quality and construction, PEX is the way to go.  PEX vs. Metal Metal pipes...

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Experiencing Higher Heating Bills? Check The Plenum For Leaks And Learn How To Eliminate Them

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’re electric or gas bill is more expensive than usual, but you haven’t been running the furnace more than normal, there may be a problem with the supply plenum. This part of your furnace is attached to the ducts via joints that can sometimes leak. Use this guide to determine whether there is an air leak at this joint and then fix the problem. Step 1: Gather Your Tools Go to the home improvement store and pick up the following tools: foil tape smoke pencil stepladder utility knife latex gloves duct mastic Note: Some homes...

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Tips For Removing And Preventing Ice Dams On Your Roof

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Ice dams form on your roof when heat from the home rises, causing water runoff from melting snow. This runoff freezes as it touches the cold edge of the roof line, which creates an ice dam. It is called an ice dam because it prevents water from draining properly off the roof. These dams can cause serious damage to your roof and the inside of your house. To prevent damage and extra expense for roof repair, you need to take steps to remove or prevent ice dams. Removing Existing Ice Dams It is best to remove ice dams as soon as you notice them...

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How To Clean Clogged Aerators And Fix Low Water Pressure

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Low water pressure can be frustrating. Identifying what is causing your low water pressure is the fastest way to fix the problem. One of the first things you should check for is leakage. If you do not spot any obvious signs of leakage from pipes or pipelines in the home or around the yard then your low water pressure could be caused by clogged aerators. Clogged aerators are usually caused by debris that has gotten into the aerator. How does debris get into aerators? There are several ways that debris can get into the pipelines and clog...

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Have Ugly Tree Stumps In Your Yard? Here’s How To Get Rid Of Them

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

One of the hardest things about removing trees from your property is getting rid of the stumps. You can hire a tree removal expert to do the job for you using heavy equipment, but that can be expensive if you have more than one stump to remove. Before you do that, you can try to get rid of the stump yourself. The method you choose depends on the size of the stump and how soon you want it gone. These are some things you can try. Chemical Stump Killers If you’re not in a hurry, you can use chemicals to break apart the stump. These work to...

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Duct Maintenance To Keep Your Heating Costs Down

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The air inside your home can be full of allergens. Dead skin cells, dust mite carcasses, dust, pollen, pet dander, mold spores—the list goes on. The surfaces of your home are constantly being bombarded with tiny debris. Unfortunately, some of these surfaces are hard to reach and therefore hard to keep clean. For example, the surfaces of your ducts can get clogged with allergy-causing gunk. Not only can this gunk pollute the air in your home, but it can slow down the efficiency of your furnace. Thus, duct cleaning is an important part of...

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