Looking for Mold in All the Wrong Places

The first step in living in a mold-free home is finding the mold and its source. Mold loves moisture, and if it is present, you can be sure there is a water source nearby feeding the colony of spores. If you suspect mold is in your house, consider hiring a…

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How To Show Veterans We Care

American veterans and their families are arguably the bravest people in the country, and they come in a variety of ages and genders. Show your appreciation for their sacrifices this Veterans Day. Help a Neighbor Extend a helping hand to a veteran neighbor who might be in need. Perhaps this…

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Price Your House Right This Summer

While many believe it is beneficial to always price your house a little higher and then haggle with a buyer, this is not necessarily the case. Overpricing a house can scare away a lot of potential buyers who don’t want to have the back and forth of negotiations. If the…

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2 Quick Tips To Streamline Your Kitchen

You don’t have to restrict your best creative, outside-the-box thinking to your bedroom or your living room when it comes to home organization tips. You can whip your kitchen into shape in the blink of an eye with a couple of clever repurposing ideas for common household items: Install an…

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Remember Your Range

How often should you clean or replace the range hood filter above your stove? Shoot for a clean filter at least once a year. If you cook a lot, clean it more often. Why Do I Need To Clean It? This easy-to-forget home maintenance task does more than just deliver…

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Mold vs. Dust: Can You Spot the Difference?

When it comes to mold and dust, you might be surprised to learn how easy it is to confuse the two. Not only can mold grow on dust itself, it can grow on walls, wood, paper products, insulation and many other places that dust also gathers. Certain molds have different…

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Focus on Clean Gutters This Season

With the beautiful colors of the season, there is also an abundance of leaves. Say no to leaks and gutters clogging by cleaning out your gutters regularly. When you have your gutters regularly cleaned by a professional, you don’t have to worry about: Leaky basements Cracked foundations Compromised driveways Termites…

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Check on Your Radon Mitigation System

How do you know if your radon mitigation system is working? Like your fire alarms and other gas detectors, you may let this very important maintenance chore fall by the wayside, but you shouldn’t. Make it a habit to check this and other alarms on a regular basis. Though systems…

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A Jack Is No Substitute for a Foundation

Old houses tend to sag after a while. The correct fix involves jacking the floors back into place and then adding structural beams to keep them there. Some do-it-yourselfers jack the floor back in place and stop there. Years go by and nothing changes. One end of a beam still…

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Home Organization Tips That Will Change Your Life

If you constantly feel overwhelmed and disorganized, it may be time to tackle the clutter in your home. Free up those countertops and organize your kitchen in such a way that lets you work smarter, not harder, with these two easy-to-implement home organization tips. Put up Pretty Pegboards Using pegboards…

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Is Your Ceiling Fan Making You Sneeze?

One way to alleviate persistent allergies is to look high and low for accumulated dirt and dust that may irritate your airways. Where should you start? One area that often gets overlooked during your regular cleaning is ceiling fans. Beautiful ceiling fans add beauty to a room’s decor and create…

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Getting Your House Ready for Fall

As the leaves slowly start to change and the days get just a little bit colder, you can count on one thing: It’s time for fall home maintenance. Preparing your home for the fall can help you get a jump-start on the season so that you are braced for colder…

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Do Not Give Mold a Foothold

It may seem like mold could never be an issue for your home, but it is surprising how easily it can grow. Unchecked moisture can result in mold developing in your home in less than two days. In some cases, mold can get a serious foothold in just 24 hours.…

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Improve Airflow With Clean Filters

When the temperatures start to cool, it is the perfect reminder that winter is on its way. Now is the perfect time for fall home maintenance. Air filters keep the indoor air circulating efficiently and make it clean to breathe, keeping your home healthier. Clogged air filters can end up…

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Can You Fix High Levels of Radon?

Your home is undoubtedly equipped with a smoke alarm, but do you have ways to identify or measure radon? If you plan on buying a home that has radon present, there are ways to bring down these levels and alleviate your concerns. Install a Mitigation System With the right solution,…

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Check Doors and Windows for Drafts

When the weather turns cooler, it’s time to turn up the heat to keep your home cozy. Part of your fall home maintenance checklist should include checking doors and windows for drafts. Finding the Fix If you can see cracks of light or feel air moving, it only takes a…

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Utilize Vertical Space in Your Kitchen

One of the best home organization tips is to make good use of the vertical space in your kitchen. Here are a couple of quick tips to make the most out of a busy space. Re-imagine the Refrigerator Your refrigerator is common ground for every member of your household, so…

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Help Your Clients Pick the Right Home Inspector

Your clients are the lifeblood of your business. You are looking for life-long customers, not just a one and done relationship. One way you can solidify this type of working partnership is by assisting them through the home inspection process. You can streamline the steps by helping them find a…

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Home Maintenance: Filters, Ducts Vents

Regular home maintenance can keep your house looking good and performing well. Here are some essential cleaning tasks. Filters and Ducts Particles of dust, dirt, pollen, and other debris can get stuck in your HVAC system and cause issues over time. You can improve your system’s performance and the quality…

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A Buried Oil Tank

If the home you own, or the one you are planning to buy, has a buried oil tank you need to know! Depending on the situation, there may be some environmental cleanup costs associated with it. If you are buying a home this could be something to use when negotiating…

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A Cracked Heat Exchanger

A cracked heat exchanger isn’t ideal, but it might not be as dangerous as we immediately assume. If your exchanger is cracked, you’re going to need to replace it. The issue with the cracks is primarily that it might allow carbon monoxide into your home, and if that’s happening you…

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Enhance Your Home’s Beauty With Faux Finishes

Thanks to modern printing technology, homeowners can now add luxurious finishes to their home without the hefty price tag. One of the top design trends that homeowners are taking advantage of is using faux finished looks at a fraction of the cost. From floors to backsplashes to fireplace surrounds, faux…

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Breathe Easy and Learn About Radon

After buying a home with radon, your first step is to gain more of an understanding of what radon is. Mitigation comes next, but first, take a moment to learn the facts. Radon gas is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. Your new home is not a problem. Radon gas can…

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Consider a Tile Transformation

A gorgeous new backsplash or tile design can completely transform your kitchen or bathroom. Whether you want something bright in a bold shape or a classic and clean look, the right tile can be both timeless and modern, giving your home a fresh and updated look. In your kitchen, consider…

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Make Home Maintenance Easy With Automation

As a homeowner, you likely know that the work is almost never done. It always seems like something needs to be fixed or upgraded, which can be time-consuming. Don’t despair! You can automate some of the easier home maintenance tasks so nothing gets overlooked. Here are some helpful tips on…

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Check Your Dryer for Mold Prevention

In order for mold to grow, it needs moisture and warmth. The first step in mold prevention is to clear your home of the perfect environments. Your dryer is capable of creating an ideal environment for mold, but there is an easy way for you to prevent mold in your…

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Check Out The Chimney

One big selling feature of a home can be a gorgeous fireplace that acts as a focal point in the room. From cozy winter nights to large family gatherings, around the fireplace can be a common place to gather. But even if you fall in love with the fireplace, make…

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5 Indoor Molds You Should Know About

When it comes to indoor molds, they are easy to clean up with the proper remediation techniques. Before remediation, however, it’s important to know what molds to look for. Alternaria After water damage, alternia is more likely to appear. It is black, brown or gray. Aspergillus This is your most…

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Be Smart With Your Space

If you’re looking for new ways to add style without sacrificing space, it may be time to rethink your lighting and accent options. Lamps are lovely, but they can take up valuable room on a side table or night stand. Instead, switch to wall sconces for a soft and relaxing…

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Boost Your Home’s Value With Radon Mitigation

If you’re planning on putting your home on the market and want to maximize your property’s value, look into a radon mitigation system if your levels are elevated. Rather than generating concern, a mitigation system is more likely to serve as a measure of reassurance for potential buyers. Make It…

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Prevent Water Heater Backdrafting

We all love our water heaters because without them we couldn’t enjoy a hot shower or the ease of clean dishes and clean clothes thanks to modern appliances. Water heaters are responsible for keeping hot water ready for our use. If your water heater uses gas, such as propane or…

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Three Common Home Inspections Myths

If you’re in the process of closing a sale, then you know how much work goes into helping your client look for the right place to call their own. You’ll likely spend countless hours viewing different homes online and with your client and hosted several open houses before they find…

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Eco-friendly Home Trends

These days, people are feeling more environmentally conscious than ever. While people are finding little ways to save the environment each day, such as cutting back on the amount of plastic they use and driving energy-efficient cars, there are ways you can tap into these trends to make your home…

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Is You’re A/C in the Attic?

Putting an air conditioner in the attic seems to make perfect sense. There are no ugly window units. There is no bulky central A/C unit in the utility area. There is just cool dry air gently flowing down from ceiling vents. Unfortunately, that’s not all that’s flowing. In the process…

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Sump Pump

When it comes to keeping basements dry, there’s nothing that beats a sump pump. However, if it is set up to pump the water into the city sewer system, you have two problems. First, the city does not want your water filling the sewers during storms. When that happens, either…

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Home Organization One Chore at a Time

Summer organization tips that everyone can benefit from usually focus on maintaining order in the home. While some of us can handle doing all the chores one day a week, many of us don’t have the time or desire to spend all day cleaning and organizing. One way to combat…

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Curb Humidity To Prevent Mold

Mold needs moisture to thrive, and a humid environment in your home saturates it with excess dampness. To prevent an outbreak of fungus in your house, you must control the humidity. Detecting Humidity Look for these signs that there is too much moisture in the air in your home: Condensation…

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Repair and Replace Soffit

If you’re going to need roof repairs, this is one of the better ones. Repairing or replacing the soffit under your eaves or the roof overhang is usually safer because you don’t have to be on the roof itself. If you have areas in your soffit that have been water…

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Prepare For Your Summer Showings

If you’re selling your home in the summer, it is important to have the right tools in your arsenal. Fortunately, there are tips for preparing a home for summer showings. When preparing for potential buyers, consider the following tips: Consider putting out cold beverages for potential buyers Turn the lights…

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Guide to Choosing a Radon Mitigation Company

When it comes to radon testing your home, make sure that the process runs smoothly by choosing a qualified radon mitigation company. The company should be experienced and offer high-quality solutions. Here is what you need to look for when choosing a company. First, make sure that the contractor is…

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Summer Tips for a Safer Deck

Now that the balmy, lazy days of summer are officially in full swing, it only makes sense that you’re spending a lot more time outside. Among other things, that likely means more family fun, entertaining, and quiet evenings spent unwinding on your deck. The following considerations can help you make sure…

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Is Your Home Properly Grounded?

You’ve heard the sage advice to “keep grounded,” right? Well that goes for your house as well as for you. It’s shocking to realize how many homes are not properly grounded. It’s a good bet that much of this problem ties back to amateur electricians or undertrained appliance installers. Some…

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Watch Out for Galvanized Water Distribution Pipes

Water supply piping is what brings water to our homes from the main supply in the street. There are multiple types of water supply piping materials, including plastic, copper, lead and galvanized. The last two are the ones you want to watch out for. Identify your water supply piping material…

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Control Condensation To Control Basement Mold

One of the last things you want to find in your basement is mold. This unwanted guest can cause problems in your home and challenges to your health. Fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent mold in your basement. Keep Out the Condensation The presence of moisture is…

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Find a New Function for Your Fireplace

A warm fire can be relaxing and cozy on a cold winter night. But if you live in warmer weather or are worried about the upkeep, you can upgrade your fireplace into a stylish storage area. Clean it out and seal everything up before you start, and pick a paint…

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Energy Efficient Improvements and Radon

Energy efficient improvements can help lower utility bills and keep the home at the right temperature, but the tighter windows, doors and HVAC system mean the air is now essentially trapped. Radioactive radon gas can linger in these tight spaces and accumulate. If these levels rise too high, you need…

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Home Inspection Red Flags: What To Look Out For

Scheduling a thorough home inspection is an important part of getting any home ready for the market. However, fully understanding what the resulting report means for that property can take a little finesse if you’re not already in the know. Some potential issues with a property are more obvious or…

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Get Organized this Summer With Drop Zones

Summer is a busy time, especially for parents who have young children. You want to keep your little ones entertained in the hot summer heat while still making it on-time to work, appointments, and social gatherings. Being organized can help you get out the door easier. Whether you’re taking your…

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Embrace the Power of Paint

It’s pretty well-known that a new paint color can completely upgrade a room almost instantly. But if you think outside the box, you’ll find that it can create some gorgeous wall features in a very creative way. Instead of purchasing a new hardboard, a painted pattern or simple rectangle painted…

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Create a Bold Statement in a Surprising Location

There are plenty of ways to spice up a room, like adding interesting artwork and furniture or unique decor items. But if you really want to make a bold statement, start with the walls and fixtures themselves. Don’t just look around for new inspiration; look up! Turning your ceiling into…

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The Pros and Cons of Roof Replacement

It can be difficult to choose between repairing your roof and replacing it all together. Knowing the pros and cons of replacing your roof can help you make your decision. Pros When major damage occurs, such as a storm that causes extensive water damage or the majority of your roof’s…

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How to Save Water and Money

Sometimes the right plumbing hacks will save you money on the water bill. Often when you flush, you use more water than you need to. You can easily take advantage of this hack to save yourself water and to help reduce the water bill. Simply fill a 20-ounce bottle with…

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Successfully Maintain Your Window Air Conditioner

Like the names says, a window air conditioner is installed through a window in your home. It pulls warm air in, chills it, and pushes the cool back air into your home. Optimal Use of Your Window Air Conditioner To successfully cool your space, a window air conditioner needs to…

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How to Fix Plumbing Vent Boots

Could the plumbing vent boots be the source of your leak problems? Here’s how to find out and how to fix them. Check the Boot Your plumbing vent may come in three different forms: Plastic Two-piece metal fixtures Plastic and metal The base of plastic vent boots is susceptible to…

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Three Ideas for Summer Organization

Now that summer is here and you have warm days and long evenings to look forward to, why not get a jump start on organizing your home? As the year goes on, it can be easy to put this task aside. However, clearing your home of clutter can also help…

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Slow the Flow

It doesn’t take too much to send your water bill through the roof.  On the other hand it doesn’t take too much to cut it either. Something as simple as installing a new low-flow showerhead can make a big difference, especially if there are several people in your household or…

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How to Unclog a Drain

When you have a clogged drain you know it relatively quickly. The water starts to build up whenever you run the sink or shower. Luckily, clogged drains aren’t always difficult to fix. There is a quick hack that you should be able to use to get your drain flowing. In…

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Protect Your Indoor Air Quality During Flood Cleanup

With everything that goes on after a flood, the last thing on your mind may be the air quality inside your office or home. However, there are long-term health risks associated with not tackling wet and contaminated materials. Even if the water has receded, puddles are often left behind becoming…

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Shed Some Light on It: Tips For Outdoor Lighting

Whether your goal is curb appeal or safety, adding lights to the exterior of your home and yard can be a project that is worth undertaking. Here are two popular reasons for adding outdoor lighting. Ambience The soft lights that glow throughout your shrubs and flowers can add a lot…

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How to Fix Leaking Pipes Under the Sink

Leaking pipes are an average occurrence. In some cases, you may need a plumber’s help, but before you call you can try this hack with a few simple items. All you’re going to need is plumber’s tape, a wrench and a bucket. You’re going to want to make sure the…

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Fourth of July Fun Facts

While you’re enjoying this year’s festivities on Independence Day, here are some fun facts to chew on at your annual cookout: Did you know that the Declaration of Independence wasn’t actually signed on July 4th? This important document was adopted by Congress on that date, but all of the signatures…

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Save on Heating Costs by Adding Insulation

Keeping cold air out when you have the heat on makes a huge difference in your heating bill. By adding some simple insulation, you can prevent heat from escaping. Check your home for spaces where there is a significant draft or where it’s always colder than the rest of the…

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How to Fix a Shutoff Valve

Have you ever begun a sink or toilet repair only to realize that the shutoff valve won’t shut off? This is a relatively common, but frustrating problem. While some valves might be easy to replace, this isn’t true for all of them. If your valve is one of the latter,…

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How to Silence a Squeaky Floor

Squeaky floors under the carpet can become annoying, not to mention difficult to fix. Many homeowners simply live with the squeaking. However, you don’t have to live like this. In fact, there is a very easy fix. It will take you less than ten minutes. Locate the floor joists with…

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5 Tips for a Stunning Backyard Shed

A shed is one of those backyard additions that can be highly practical and stylish at the same time. With the right planning, you can turn your shed from a simple storage unit into a backyard focal point. If you want to make sure that your shed is more striking…

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New Construction Leads to New Problems

The best part of a new house is the lack of visible framing or foundation defects. If the home comes with appliances, they are brand new. So, how many problems could you really have? Don’t be fooled, new construction can still have issues.  Faults in New Construction  A new home…

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How to Fix a Wobbly Showerhead

Loose showerheads can be a problem. Sometimes, this happens due to poor installation of the showerhead or the wrong size of showerhead for the pipe. Whatever the reason, wobbly showerheads are frustrating. Don’t despair. You don’t need to seek out an invasive fix. In fact, with a couple basic steps,…

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How to Sharpen Your Lawnmower Blades

If you notice your lawnmower isn’t performing as well as it used to, it may be time to remove and sharpen the blades. Lawnmower blades benefit from occasional sharpening. Here’s how to do it: First, safely detach the blade from your lawnmower. Read your machine’s owner’s manual for instructions on…

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How to Hide a Hole

No one wants to stare at a hole in the ceiling. Have you ever had an unsightly hole that you didn’t have the time or money to patch up? Fortunately, there is a solution if you can’t patch it right away. If you want to save patching for later, you…

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How to Repair a Leaky Faucet

Many homeowners complain about leaky faucets. This is a common problem that often has an easy fix. Usually a faucet leaks because the components wear out. If you want to replace your worn out washers, seals and O-Rings, here is how. With a compression faucet, follow these steps: Remove decorative…

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4 Elements of Stellar Home Office Design

A home office can serve a lot of purposes. It can be the place you keep important documents and manage the household finances. It may be the room where all your best ideas for marketing your new product or writing your next novel are born. No matter what purpose it…

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Gardening for Beginners

Gardening is a great way to spend some time outdoors, add some value and aesthetic to your home, and even grow your own food. But, for those who’ve never tried gardening before, getting started can seem like an overwhelming task. If you’re ready to beautify your yard but aren’t sure…

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Does a Smelly Basement Mean You Have Mold

You go down into your basement and you are hit with a musty, earthy smell. Does this mean there is mold taking root in your basement? It certainly is a possibility, and if there is any chance, you do not want to ignore that smell. Mold can cause serious and…

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Prevent Damage From Water Leaks

A leaking pipe can cause a lot of damage in a hurry. Basic household knowledge should include the simple task of shutting off the water, but do you know where your water main is? It is surprising how few people know what it is; let alone where to find it.…

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Do Not Give Mold a Foothold

It may seem like mold could never be an issue for your home, but it is surprising how easily it can grow. Unchecked moisture can result in mold developing in your home in less than two days. In some cases, mold can get a serious foothold in just 24 hours.…

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How to Keep a Cabinet Door Closed

Do you have cabinet doors that swing open? Most people know the struggle of trying to keep cabinet doors closed. If you have kids or pets, this might be particularly frustrating. You don’t want your kids or pets getting into the bottom cupboards. Likewise, if it’s your top shelves, you…

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Who Needs a Plumber – Use Masking Tape

Over time as your home settles, vibrations and temperature changes can cause the joints of your pipes to loosen a bit and you may even see some leakage. Don’t panic, as this is common. And there is a solution that is easy, inexpensive, and likely sitting in your junk drawer…

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day is the unofficial beginning of summer and is usually a day for barbeques, picnics and time with friends and family. With all of the enjoyment that surrounds this three-day weekend, it can be easy to forget the purpose behind the National holiday. Memorial Day (originally called Decoration Day)…

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The Important of Regular Maintenance of Your Radon System

After your radon mitigation system is installed, it’s important not to ignore it and assume that everything is working properly. Instead, make sure you have a maintenance plan in place with the installation company. While many companies perform this maintenance as part of the installation price, some may require you…

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Loose Outlets Are Fire Hazards

When you plug an appliance into an outlet, take note of the outlet itself. Normally, the inside should be secure. If it isn’t and if the outlet is moving around, then you may want to safely pop it open to find out what’s going on or call an electrician if…

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Use Overhead Storage for Ladders

Every inch of storage space is valuable in your garage. It’s important to keep the most-used items within easy reach, but other items that you don’t use on a daily basis can benefit from more creative storage. The space above your head is a great area for your ladders. Since…

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Install a Trap Door on Your Electric Receptacle

Do you have an outdoor electrical receptacle you like to use? It’s probably where you plug in the stereo while hanging out, outside. It may also be the source of electricity for your outdoor lights, especially during the holidays. Protect the Receptacles To protect these receptacles, it’s important to install…

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Use Joist Spacing in Your Garage

No matter how big our garages or basements are, we always seem to run out of storage space. It’s just inevitable. Making the most of every inch will give you storage options for everything you need. If you have items that need to be stored, we’ve got a solution for…

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Combat Moisture To Combat Mold

Mold can be a worrying issue, but it can only grow in areas of high moisture. It is hard to combat mold growth directly, but it is easy to combat excessive moisture. First, identify and fix the source of the moisture. It may be a leaky pipe, bad insulation, or…

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How to Deodorize a Garbage Disposal

After a while, garbage disposals can begin to produce an odor. This happens because food catches in the disposal and pipes. Once it starts to rot, the smell becomes distinct. Don’t worry; you don’t have to call a plumber. In fact, you don’t need any plumbing knowledge at all. Here…

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Under-Sink Storage for Fixture Parts and Manuals

If you recently updated a sink or bath fixture, you probably wondered what to do with the manual and spare parts included with your purchase. While these items often wind up in junk drawers, you may need them later. Instead of devoting space in your workbench or other storage containers…

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How Positive Feng Shui Can Help a Home Sell

As home inspectors and realtors know, there is usually a buyer out there for every home. When sellers utilize basic Feng Shui principles, they open themselves up to a bigger pool of buyers. Here are ten fast and effective tips to increase a home’s Chi. 1) It’s a Classic  The…

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Fix Tiny Holes with Flashing

One sneaky problem in your shingles that could be causing leaks is a tiny hole. Here are some of the problems this can cause over time. Rotten Wood The constant dampness on wood can cause it to rot. This could lead to structural damage over time, depending on the location…

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Tricks to Keep Wires Hidden

Too many wires can take over your home, causing it to look cluttered. There are wires for practically everything nowadays and keeping them under control is quite the task. Here are some tips to help you keep your wires out of sight and out of mind. Install important wires underneath…

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