With the fall season upon us, change is in the air. For many families, children are growing up and moving out of the house, maybe… Read More »Should You Fix Your House Up or Sell Now?
After twenty years of soft drinks, coffee and wear and tear, a plastic laminate kitchen countertop can become discolored and worn. Small scratches dull the… Read More »Restore Your Plastic Laminate Countertop
In homes with basements and crawl spaces, we always need to be concerned with water flow from the roof. An overflowing gutter will dump water… Read More »Foundation Problems? Check Your Gutters
There it is again – a loud squeak every time someone walks down the hall. This may be a good sound for parents hearing their… Read More »Squeaking Floor? Try This Fix Down Under
Every once in a while, the washer creates a rust stain on clothes. Maybe rust was in the water, or there’s a little rust in… Read More »An Easy Fix for Rust Stains on Clothing
Eeuuww – what’s that smell in the kitchen? Yuck, it’s from the sink. It smells like sewage or rotten food. The sink looks clean, and… Read More »Your Nose Knows It’s Time to Clean the Disposal
The refrigerator is among the most neglected of household appliances because usually, it runs forever with little repair. However, it often consumes the most electricity… Read More »Tune Your Refrigerator for High Performance
Each year many home fires are caused by improperly maintained clothes dryers. The dryer and vent pipes can overheat and cause a fire. Vents plugged… Read More »Clothes Dryer Venting – A Hidden Danger
Always be on the lookout for water leaks in your home, including little clues that could indicate bigger problems. For instance, if interior paint is… Read More »Stains Around a Toilet = Serious Problem
You’ve turned off the water to the toilet because the tank or a plumbing fitting is leaking. But since this is your only toilet, it… Read More »A Quick “Bucket” Fix to Flush the Toilet
An automatic garage door operator is great. But when the power goes out, and the overhead door is down, your car is trapped inside. How… Read More »Power Out? How To Free Your Car from the Garage
Your beautiful new cement driveway – what an investment, and what a welcoming element to the front of your home. Too bad it has rust… Read More »Clean Those Ugly Rust Stains on the Driveway
Light bulbs in exterior fixtures and damp locations like bathrooms are notorious for sticking in the socket. Turning the dead bulb to replace it, you… Read More »Tricks for Replacing a Broken Light Bulb
As autumn settles in, there’s no heat in your house, and it’s getting cold. The furnace worked fine in the spring. Why is it stubborn… Read More »No Heat? Try This Before Calling for Service
We all work hard at tightening up our homes to save energy and money. In fact, most energy improvements are good for the environment and… Read More »What’s Your Home’s Largest Energy-Waster?
When a rain gutter and downspout send their discharge below grade to a pipe, it may appear that rainwater is draining into a sanitary sewer,… Read More »The Rain May Drain, But It’s Not a Pain
You have heard about how dangerous high-voltage electrical wires can be: never touch a downed wire…storms can damage wires and so on. But what about… Read More »Get Smart About Exterior Electrical Safety
At one time or another, we all have turned on a hot water faucet and been caught unaware by steaming hot water. You may have… Read More »Protect Your Family from Scalding Hot Water
Ever noticed that some electrical outlets have a red and a black button in the middle? You’re looking at a GFCI — a Ground Fault… Read More »Tell Me More About GFCI Outlets in My Home
When you buy a newly constructed home instead of an existing home, there are many extra steps that must take place. To ensure a hassle-free… Read More »5 Tips When Buying a Newly Constructed Home
Many homeowners who are unfamiliar with construction and wiring are timid when it comes to electrical work. It makes perfect sense to have a healthy… Read More »Electricity 101: Understanding the Service Panel
Have you ever woken up in the middle of a winter night, shivering under the blankets and able to see your breath? Or have you… Read More »Maintenance Checks for Your HVAC System
There’s a common misconception that if your home has older windows that are in less-than-perfect condition, you must replace them with new windows. But as… Read More »Five Effective Fixes for Faulty Windows
A building’s central air-conditioning system must be periodically inspected and maintained in order to function properly. While an annual inspection performed by a trained professional… Read More »Central Air-Conditioning System Inspection
What harm could a thin crack possibly do to my home? This is the common attitude of homeowners when they spot cracks running across… Read More »What Does The Crack In Your House Mean?
Window Problems: We all know what a pain a faulty windowcan be. They can be leaky, drafty or squeaky, they’ll close when we need them to stay open, and open when we want to close them. If you are facing these issues with your windows, this list is just for you. Oh, and having your windows fixed before winter is a good way to keep your heating budget in check for this winter.