Gutter maintenance is the last chore that any homeowner wants to do. However, overlooking this task can potentially cost thousands of dollars in damage to your foundation, crawl space, basement, landscaping, siding and wood trim. A gutter drainage system directs rain runoff from the roof large surface area away from the house. To function, the
Wood deck collapses are increasing each year as decks age. In the United States, there are 40 million decks that are over 20 years old. Decks get a lot of abuse from the sun, rain, snow and ice. Decks are sometimes built by inexperienced homeowners and are not inspected. Even a well-built deck that is
Compact fluorescent light bulbs have provided a good alternative to incandescent bulbs typically using 75% less energy. In addition, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) last as much as six times longer than incandescent bulbs. With benefits that include saving energy and therefore money as well as not having to be replaced as often, do CFLs
Let’s face it. None of us takes the time to read our homeowner insurance policy. We know we should have a policy for fire and burglary, but we don’t think much about the many other types of claims we might have. Unfortunately, what you don’t know could be costly. Here are four hazards that your
Do you suspect you have a moisture problem in your crawl space? Is there a musty smell in your home? Did your pest control exterminator tell you mold is growing on your floor joists? Did your air conditioning technician inform you that it’s wet in your crawl space? Did you take a peek in your
The dishwasher is one of our most convenient appliances saving labor and time. That’s why it’s important to use and maintain this important appliance correctly to keep it running smoothly. Follow these guidelines for reliable and efficient performance of your dishwasher: Run water in your kitchen sink until it turns hot. Then start the dishwasher.
Leaf blowers can make the chore of yard maintenance much easier and less time-consuming. But there are safety concerns that need to be taken into consideration to prevent injuries. A leaf blower can move debris up to 200 mph stirring up dust that could be inhaled and making dangerous flying objects airborne. From 50 feet
Tile is an attractive and durable flooring surface. Tile is also easy to clean, but cleaning the grout is another matter. Because of the porous composition of grout, it is prone to staining. Kitchen tile grout is subject to drips and spills. Bathroom tile grout is susceptible to soap and mildew accumulation. Follow these simple
Everyone knows that homes need maintenance but often window repair is overlooked. Rain, temperature variations, and dirt and debris can cause window wear and tear. Damage can lead to deterioration, energy loss and insect infestation. Proper maintenance will help your windows look and function their best extending their lifespan. To maintain your windows, perform these
Extension cords can be a convenient way to deliver power to a variety of electrical appliances and devices. However, when used without proper precautions, an extension cord can be a tripping hazard and cause harm through electrocution and fire. Each year extension cords are responsible for over 4,000 injuries and 3,300 house fires resulting in
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