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Home Maintenance Tip: Caring for your Microwave Oven
Posted on January 22, 2016

We have come to rely daily on our microwave ovens for both reheating and cooking meals. Though microwaves are subject to heavy usage, we usually don’t give much thought to the maintenance that should be performed to prevent damage. Microwave ovens typically last five to ten years. Following these safety and maintenance steps can significantly

Home Maintenance Tip: Prepare for Winter Storms
Posted on January 08, 2016

During the winter, ice or snow storms.can knock out power and communications to your home sometimes for days creating a dangerous situation. Extreme temperatures and weather conditions can strain your home heating equipment and damage your home. Instead of grabbing an extra cup of coffee and watching television, spend time evaluating ways to keep your

Home Maintenance Tip: Stove Maintenance and Safety
Posted on December 18, 2015

Even if you mainly use your stove to reheat food and don’t aspire to be a gourmet cook, you don’t want it to fail right before a big occasion. Maintaining your stove can help improve performance and extend its lifespan. Cleaning Your Knobs and Dials: Use a non-abrasive cleaner or soap and water to remove

Home Maintenance Tip: Prevent a Home Burglary
Posted on December 04, 2015

With a home burglary occurring every 15 seconds in this country, you may have already been a victim. Fortunately, most items that thieves are seeking such as cash, jewelry, laptops, guns, digital cameras and other small electronics can be replaced. However, a sense of security and peace of mind are much more difficult to recover.

Home Maintenance Tip: Clean Your Sink Drain
Posted on November 20, 2015

Do your sinks have an unpleasant odor or are they slow to drain? A stinky kitchen sink can be an annoyance, but it also can be a health hazard. Bacteria that flourish on food particles and warm water are most likely the cause of a smelly drain. Food particles form a sludge that prevents water

Home Maintenance Tip: Get Rid of Mice in Your Crawl Space
Posted on November 09, 2015

Do you may hear clawing, gnawing or pitter-patter sounds at night? Have you noticed mouse droppings? Mice are notorious for getting into pantries or cabinets to raid food, as well as gnawing on wood or electrical wires. It is important to address any problem with mice because mouse feces and urine can spread diseases, provide

Home Maintenance Tip: Install a Programmable Thermostat
Posted on October 30, 2015

Heating and cooling costs make up approximately half of a home energy bill. By changing your thermostat 7-10 degrees in either direction depending on the season, you can save as much as 10-15% on your energy bill. It doesn’t make sense to heat or cool an empty house when everyone is at work or school.

Home Maintenance Tip: Replace Your Door Weatherstripping
Posted on October 16, 2015

If you feel cool air entering your house around your exterior doors in the fall or winter, you likely need to replace or adjust your door weatherstripping. Weatherstripping is attached to the door stop. The door stop is attached to the door jamb and keeps doors from swinging all the way through. Exterior doors close

Get Rid of Ants in Your House
Posted on September 26, 2015

Ants are one of the most common insects found in homes. Ants enter homes looking for food, water and shelter. Trying to get rid of ants can be extremely frustrating. Understanding ant behavior is the first step in trying to control this nuisance in your home. There are numerous different species of ants. Many live

Maintain Your Hardwood Floors
Posted on September 12, 2015

Adding value and warmth to any home, hardwood floors are a major investment. That’s why it’s important to maintain hardwood floors so they will provide beauty for many years to come. Know your hardwood floors. Most new hardwood floors have polyurethane, urethane or polyacrylic finishes that make them water resistant. Older hardwood floors may be

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