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
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.
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
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
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
As many as 13,000 people are injured in house fires each year. Everyone knows that working smoke alarms are the number one line of defense in saving lives from a house fire. But, were you aware that smoke alarms are only one part of a “Fire Response Plan” that every home should have? A Fire
We rely on running water in our homes and expect our plumbing fixtures to function at all times. When there is a problem, it is best to address it early rather than ignore it. Plumbing problems only get worse with time. Watch for these plumbing issues: Dripping faucets: One drip per second can waste as
Do you have a closet that every time you open it you get an anxiety attack and want to immediately shut the door because of the clutter? It’s easy to put off cleaning that closet for another week or month. But with a few simple tips, you can get that closet organized in quick order.
Do you suffer from allergies? If so, you are not alone since 55% of the population in the United States tests positive for one or more allergens. Some of these allergens such as dust mites and mold can be found in your home. Here are some tips to eliminate these allergens and help you breathe
During the hot summer months, your electric bill can soar just like the temperature outside. Here are some ways that you can cut your energy usage and your bill. Install a programmable thermostat that will automatically raise your temperature while you are away from home and lower the thermostat when you are at home. Some