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Home Maintenance Tip: Do You Have Dirt Daubers?
Posted on July 29, 2016

Have you noticed cylindrical tubes made of mud attached to the eave or your house? If so, you may have dirt daubers, also called mud daubers. Dirt daubers are a type of non-aggressive wasp that usually do not sting unless threatened. They are black or blue metallic in color with thread-like waists. Their nests look

Home Maintenance Tip: Childproof your Home for your Grandchildren
Posted on June 21, 2016

It may seem like just yesterday since your kids were young, but now you have a grandchild on the way. Perhaps you’ve forgotten some of the tricks of child-rearing, but childproofing your home is one task that you need to tackle right away. Unintentional household injuries such as suffocation, burns, drowning, falls, choking and poisoning

Home Maintenance Tip: Is Your Refrigerator Ice Maker Not Working?
Posted on May 20, 2016

Refrigerators, one of the hardest working appliances in our homes, often have automatic ice makers. These ice makers have become so convenient that we forget the old days of making ice cubes from manual ice trays. So, when the ice maker has a problem, it’s an annoyance. Understanding how an ice maker works can help

Home Maintenance Tip: Ceiling Fan Maintenace
Posted on May 06, 2016

Ceiling fans can reduce both cooling and heating expense. In the summer months, ceiling fans only use a fraction of the energy that a central air conditioning unit or even a window unit uses. By circulating air in a room, ceiling fans create a wind chill type effect. Moisture on your skin evaporates quicker allowing

Home Maintenance Tip: Lawn Mower Safety
Posted on April 22, 2016

Mowing the lawn is a routine summer activity, but can be one of the most dangerous chores that homeowners perform. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2010, more than 250,000 people suffered lawn-mower related injuries, some resulting in death. More than 600 children undergo amputations each year due to lawn mower injuries.

Home MaintenanceTip: Making Homes for Safe for the Elderly
Posted on April 08, 2016

There are currently more than 41 million people aged 65 or older in the United States with the number expected to rise dramatically in the years to come. Many of us will be dealing with aging parents and with our own aging in the years to come. Seniors may have a variety of medical challenges

Home Maintenance Tip: Check your GFCI Outlets
Posted on March 25, 2016

Have you notice the electrical receptacles in kitchens or bathroom that have “Test” and “Reset” buttons? These receptacles are ground fault circuit interrupters or GFCI. They are one of the most important safety features in homes protecting people from electrocution. What is the purpose of a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)? A ground fault occurs

Home Maintenance Tip: Garage Door Safety
Posted on March 11, 2016

Pulling up in the driveway and pushing the remote control to open the garage door is a convenience that most of us expect. Yet, we don’t often think about the safety and maintenance involved with our garage doors. In 2007, there were over 13,000 injuries resulting from garage doors. From 1982 through 2001, garage doors

Home Maintenance Tip: Extend the Expected Lifespan of Home Appliances
Posted on February 25, 2016

Home appliances have entered the digital age. Appliances can track energy use and be controlled by cell phones through Wi-Fi. One model refrigerator has cameras on the inside to inform you of what is in the refrigerator and when it’s time to replenish. Appliances are quieter, more energy efficient and have gadgetry than ever before.

Home Maintenance Tip: Solve Poor Yard Drainage Issues
Posted on February 12, 2016

If your back yard looks like you have a lake front lot after a rain storm, then you’ve got drainage problems. Poor yard drainage can cause a variety of problems including foundation cracks, rotted siding, rot to wood structural components, mold in crawl spaces or in basements, erosion and migrating soil and mulch. How does

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