Telltale Signs of Termites

Termites left unchecked can cause damage to your home. Here are three telltale signs that you have these unwanted visitors in your house. Mud Tubes These small tunnel-like tubes are commonplace in spots where your home and the ground come together. They are about the width of a pencil and…

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Unsafe Decks

If you love to entertain, a home with a beautiful deck is likely at the top of your list. Decks can be wonderful gathering places for family and friends or a perfect spot to enjoy the outdoors. While decks can be a huge selling point for a home, a poorly…

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Hate Mold? Keep Things Clean!

One of the best ways to prevent mold in your basement is simply to clean regularly. Look for traces of mold on walls and ceilings. Pay extra attention to corners, nooks and anywhere that is prone to moisture or condensation. How To Clean Effectively Use a vacuum with a High-Efficiency…

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Turn Storage Space Into a Focal Point

Cooking is truly about creating a beautiful work of art, from colorful ingredients to stylish serving pieces. Don’t hide these gorgeous items behind a pantry door. Display your kitchen essentials in clear glass jars and arrange them according to color and height for a fabulous focal point in your kitchen.…

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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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Keeping It Clean: Let Your Kids Help You De-Clutter

Now that your children are out of school, let them help you keep the household clean and de-cluttered. These summer organization tips make it easy. New Habits Means Less Time Cleaning Up Your children have a lot of free time during the summer, which is great. You can use some…

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Water Line

Running water is a modern convenience that many of us can take for granted. We rarely think about the water line that is responsible for bringing that cool clean water into our home. But what if there are problems with the water line? A qualified home inspector can usually pick…

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Maintaining a Radon-Free Home

Radon is often found in trace amounts in the air outside your home. A test can reveal whether it’s inside your home, and regular maintenance can help keep it out. Testing for radon is easy and inexpensive. You can hire a professional to complete the test, or you can use…

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Turn Your Necessities Into Something Exciting

There’s no need to settle and keep things ordinary in your home. Everyday items can be much more fun with a little thought and creativity. You don’t have to have a pool or live by the ocean to enjoy an outdoor shower. This not-so-typical setup can make your time spent…

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Did You Double-Check Your Mold Remediation Clean-Up?

Mold is one of the most frustrating problems a homeowner can deal with. When you’ve gone through the mold remediation process, it’s essential that you double-check all the work that was done. Otherwise, your problem could come back, dragging you back to square one. What To Look For  So, what,…

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Why You Should Have a Pre-Listing Inspection

If you are planning to sell a house this summer (or any season, really), it is important to consider all the benefits you can get from a pre-listing inspection. While it may seem unnecessary, especially when a potential buyer will likely have their own inspection, having one done yourself can…

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Include Downtime in Your Summer Schedule

Building downtime into your summer schedule is one key summer organization tip. It can be all too easy to cram the days with activities leaving you and your family little breathing room. When everything is go-go-go, the rest of your life starts to reflect that fast pace from laundry piling…

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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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How Much Does Radon Testing Cost and Who Pays?

The question of cost comes up whenever radon testing is part of a home sale. If you do not negotiate the testing or radon system into your real estate contract, chances are you will be the one to pay for it. In some cases, you can negotiate with the sellers.…

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Turn Something Old Into Something New

Whether it’s an old family heirloom or a fabulous thrift store find, upcycling an old chair is a great way to add a unique piece to your room for a lower cost. Depending on the design, you may find that you can actually do the work yourself. Even if you…

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Switch to Satin Brass Finishes

Brass is making a comeback, and for good reason. This gorgeous finish adds a touch of class and elegance to any room by embracing the current trend in gold accents. In bathrooms and kitchens, choose it for your faucets and knobs for a customized and modern look that stands out…

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When a Roof Replacement Is Absolutely Necessary

It can be difficult to determine whether it is best to invest in a brand new roof or to repair any issues that arise. While this decision is often up to your discretion and budget, there are several situations where you will need to replace your roof to ensure the…

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Follow These Hands-On Hints To Rid Your Home of Mold

Few things strike horror in the hearts of homeowners as learning mold has infiltrated the perimeter. Don’t panic. Realize that even though it is potentially damaging and unhealthy, you can defeat mold. These practical tips should help get you started: Know the symptoms of mold exposure. Most noticeable are allergy…

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When You Can Use Caulk to Plug the Leak

Caulk is sometimes used as the be-all-end-all solution for DIY home problems, especially leaks. However, there are many problems caulk just can’t fix. When to Use Calk There are some instances when caulk can be used to resolve the issue. See a few of these below: For very small holes…

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What You Need to Know About Roof Repair

Have you been noticing water stains on the walls or in the ceiling of your home? Has mold been showing up along these areas or in other damp spots around the house? The source could be a leaky roof. While finding the source of a leak can be pretty hard,…

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Why You Should Test Your Home for Radon

The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that every home in America undergo radon testing. Read on to find out why this often-overlooked test is necessary.  The Dangers of Radon According to the EPA, 1 out of every 15 homes in America has a problem with radon. Radon is also one of…

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How to Track Down a Difficult Leak

Here are some quick tips to help you track down difficult leaks. However, you’ll need to enlist a friend. Step 1 Go up to the roof with a garden hose and start low. Spray water on the area right above where you think the leak is coming from inside. Step…

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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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Toilet Running? Catch it Before it Causes Damage

Does your toilet continue to fill long after it should have stopped? A faulty flapper or unhooked chain can keep the water flow going indefinitely. Those are simple fixes, and once you check things out in the tank and make any necessary adjustments the water should stop. If so, great!…

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How to Restore Flow to a Faucet

Sometimes a kitchen or bathroom faucet will lose pressure. When this happens, you will notice that it starts spraying towards the side. The simple problem behind this is that usually the screen is dirty. Fortunately, to clean the screen should only take a few minutes of your time. First, close…

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Tips for Commercial Mold Remediation

Mold is a common problem for home owners, but mold can affect businesses as well, of course. What should you do if you find mold in your business? Do not ignore the problem. It can be easy to hope the issue fixes itself or even to forget about it entirely,…

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The Inner Workings of an Air Conditioner

An air conditioner uses the following five components to work its magic. Compressor Refrigerant Condenser Expansion Valve Evaporator Coil First The compressor keeps controls air flow. It continues to pull warm air inside, so that the rest of the parts can do their jobs. Second Refrigerant has an interesting property…

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Test Your Home Today: 9 Radon Facts You Need to Know

Radon gas is an unseen risk that could be in your home right now. Radon is not just colorless, but also tasteless and odorless, meaning you can’t tell if there are dangerous levels of radon using your senses. Instead, it’s important to get your home tested for radon to determine…

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The Undeniable Advantages of Repairing Your Roof

As time passes, all roofs experience wear and tear, but not all issues are major enough to require a full roof replacement. This is especially true if your roof is fairly new. Choosing to make repairs to your roof as problems arise has several advantages you should take note of:…

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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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What The Seller Should Expect from a Home Inspection

Home inspectors should be a welcome part of the home buying process for the seller the agent and the buyer. Not only will the inspector provide a list of items that need attention, but they also, by the process of elimination, indicate all the areas of the home that are…

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How to Fix Roof Vents

If you find that your roof vents are damaged, then caulking may help to temporarily solve the issue. However, the only real fix is replacing them. Here are some quick tips to help. Check the Nails Sometimes nails are the issue, so be sure to check if some are missing…

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Smoothing Vinyl Windows and Doors

Everyone knows the frustration of vinyl windows or doors that don’t operate well. Often, gunk will build up in the channels and make it difficult for windows to move on the track. If you’ve cleaned the windows and they are still difficult to use, then you might want to think…

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Trim Your Trees with Ease

Are your clippers too short to reach the branches of your tree? No need to worry. We’ve got a trick to add some height to your reach, making it easier to prune the trees in your yard. Skip the ladder and extend the clippers with PVC piping. Cut a piece…

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Here’s How To Rescue Your Clothes and Fabric From Mold

Uh-oh… is that mold on your favorite shirt? If you live in a damp climate, you might have a hard time keeping mold and mildew out of your clothes and other fabrics, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re ruined. Here’s how to get mold out of fabric easily. Step One:…

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Home Maintenance

If you want to maximize the value of your house, you should keep it in top shape. You may also want to remodel or modernize certain rooms. Whether you are looking to make a major change to your home or just want to preserve it for future buyers, check out…

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Repair Your Window Air Conditioning Unit

Because the window unit is so much smaller, the same equipment must fit into a much more cramped space. What might go wrong, and how can you fix it? Potential Problems This system needs repairs every so often. Consider things to check regularly, so that you can fix the problem…

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How to Fix a Wallpaper Seam

If you have a wallpaper seam that is coming apart, don’t worry, you don’t have to replace the entire piece. Instead, you just want to reactivate the paste. Take a rag and dip it in warm water. Once soaked, you hold the rag on the area. Keep it there for…

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Simple Tarps Make Great Lawn Trailers

After mowing, trimming trees and hedges, or clearing away weeds and overgrowth you may find yourself with a pile of lawn rubbish. While you can use a wheelbarrow or other tools to clear away the mess, did you know that a simple plastic tarp can be a great option for…

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Make Your Outdoor Electrical Receptacles Weather Resistant

Outdoor electric receptacles prevent the unsightly appearance of electrical cords snaking outside from the inside of a home. These are often sent through windows or under doors. Not only does this affect the house’s ability to maintain the correct temperature, but it also presents a burglary risk if it prevents…

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Health Effects of Mold Exposure

Does exposure to mold cause respiratory illness and other health problems? The answer is more complicated than you might think. Wet, Damp Spaces Numerous studies, including a 2004 report by the Institute of Medicine, have found that being in a damp, indoor environment is associated with respiratory symptoms such as…

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Scoop Pinecones Off Your Yard Easily with a Pooper Scooper

Coniferous trees drop pinecones during the warmer months, and many homeowners find the pinecones littered all over their yards to be a nuisance. They can become stuck in lawnmowers and attract pests such as squirrels and mice. Older individuals or people who struggle with back pain may find it difficult…

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How to Withdraw an Item from the Toilet

Nearly everyone has experienced the fear of dropping a small object into the toilet or drain. Often, it is a piece of jewelry lost to the pipes. Fortunately, you don’t always have to call a plumber to retrieve it. Take these simple steps: Get a wet/dry vacuum Remove the filter…

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Home Inspection 101: How to Prepare Your Clients

Whether you are working with the seller or the buyer or both, home inspection day can be a bit stressful. Here are some tips you can pass on to prepare your clients for the process. How Long Will It Take? The duration of a home inspection depends on the size…

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Save Money by Caring for Your Own Lawn

Looking to save money on lawn care? If your lawn has been well-tended in the past, it doesn’t take much to keep it up. Take a look at your yard to see if it’s mostly grass with only a few weeds. If this is the case, you can take charge…

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Make Your Lawn Gear Mobile

If you’ve ever seen old golfing bags at yard sales, you may want to stop and pick one up for a few dollars. Golf bags are great for storage, and most have wheels that allow you to easily roll the bag wherever you need it to go. The next time…

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Flickering Lights and Loose Connections

Don’t be fooled by flickering lights. Odds are the lights flickering are not a sign of ghostly intruders or but merely a boring, old, loose electrical connection. Pinpoint if it is a problem with a single fixture or multiple lights in multiple rooms. You can determine the issue by identifying how many lights are affected.…

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How to Keep Your Home Free of Mold

You’ve invested a lot in your home, don’t forget to take steps to prevent a mold infestation. These three tips are easy to implement and can save you time and hassle in the future. Monitor Humidity According to the EPA, humidity should be between 30 and 60 percent in an indoor environment. You can measure…

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How to Spot the Source of a Roof Leak

The source of a leak can be hard to find. However, it’s not impossible. With a little knowledge and a lot of determination, you can get the job done. Here are some of the places you should start your hunt. Trust Gravity When it comes to finding leaks, gravity is your friend. Thanks to gravity,…

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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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Pick The Right Cord For The Job

There’s nothing like decorating your home and yard for the holidays. Plastic snowmen, Rudolph’s flashing red nose and bright white lights crisscrossing your roof. Sounds magical right? Well it can be a recipe for disaster if you don’t use the correct extension cords. Indoor and outdoor extension cords are not created equal. Just pick them…

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5 Myths About Radon You Should Know About if You Own a Home

Radon is a radioactive gas which is imperceptible to humans. Unfortunately, what we don’t see can still hurt us when it comes to radon. There are many myths and misconceptions, and it’s important you know the truth about radon so that you can make informed decisions for yourself and your family’s best interests. 1) Radon…

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How to Get Rid of Rust Colored Water

Discolored water might seem like a bad sign, particularly when accompanied by a foul odor. Often, this is from minerals in the water heater accumulating. Likewise, it may be degraded anode rod. Even so, the fix isn’t difficult. If you’re up for a small challenge, you can fix it. Here are the steps: Turn off…

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Simple and Quick Preventative Maintenance Tips For Your Home

If you enjoy ticking off line items on a checklist, this article is for you. We are going to look at an easy and organized system for home maintenance that makes the process a breeze. Before you know it, you’ll be crossing the last item off your list and kicking back to relax in your…

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What NOT to Do When Decluttering Your Home

If you’re planning on decluttering your home this season, there are lots of tips out there telling you how to do it. Instead, we suggest a few things you should avoid when tackling a massive project like this. Don’t make these five mistakes: Don’t Buy Storage Bins First Refrain from heading out to your favorite…

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Get Rid of Mold on Wood

Mold on wood is unsightly and, like a surly teenager, leaves a bad impression. It’s best to clean it up as quickly as possible to prevent its spread throughout the home and minimize any health issues. In nearly all cases, the wood will not have to be replaced if you follow proper procedures. It is…

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How to Fix Leaks Around Brick Chimneys

As many of you may already know, wherever items penetrate the roof, leaks are likely to form. One of the most common types of roof penetration is the chimney. The Problem If the carpenter used galvanized steel around the chimneys, they can begin to rust. This would create weaknesses for water to seep through, leading…

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Use Wine Corks for Caulk Bottles

Synthetic wine corks are a staple of many DIY home projects, but they can also be extremely helpful in your toolbox. If you have ever used caulk, silicone, or any other adhesive material from a pressurized bottle, then you know how much of a pain it can be to stop these bottles from leaking. Once…

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Homemade Drain Cleaner

Just by nature of their use, a sink drain can become fully or partially clogged, creating a frustrating nuisance. Before you call the plumber, give this homemade drain cleaner a try. It’s simple, the ingredients are on hand and it’s pocketbook–friendly. Begin by pouring boiling water into the drain and follow immediately with a half…

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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 home doesn’t have to be…

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The Truth About Your Roof’s Life Expectancy

Nothing in this world truly lasts forever, not even your roof! While this may not come as a surprise, it is important you are aware of how long your home’s roof is expected to last. Although the average life expectancy of a roof is between 20 and 25 years, there are several factors that affect…

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Use the Skinny Spaces in Your Home

In a small kitchen or bathroom, every inch of space counts. If you’ve got a couple of inches, you can create a whole new storage space for these smaller rooms. Install a sliding drawer between counters. Drawers that are 18-30 inches wide work best for pull-out cabinets, giving you enough space to store items without…

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How to Repair a Cut Extension Cord

If you accidentally cut an extension cord, your first instinct may be to just throw it out. But, it is possible to salvage the remains for a functional cord. You might think to splice the ends of the cut cord together, but this is not permissible under the National Electric Code, due to the damaged…

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How to Protect Your Phone When Doing Messy Housework

Housework is an essential part of keeping your home in good shape, but it can be a risky environment for your phone. While the best solution may be to put your phone away to avoid a gardening or painting disaster, sometimes you may need to stay reachable or need to look up something in the…

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Be Proactive in Cleaning and Preventing Mold

Don’t wait to act if you have mold growth in your home or moisture that may lead to mold growth, such as a flood, leak, or spill. If mold has access to moisture and organic material to feed on, it can grow quickly. Cleaning Mold If you find mold in your home, clean it immediately…

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How to Properly Store Your Out of Season Garments

Most of us know that, at the end of the season, it’s time to swap out our wardrobes and put things away for storage. Winter jackets especially have minimal use throughout the rest of the year, but many of us tend to stuff these items away without even bothering to clean them first. Doing this…

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Consider a GFCI Protector

A GFCI or ground fault circuit interrupter is one of the greatest advancements in electrical safety in the past four decades. These are the outlets you often come across in areas of the house where moisture poses a risk. Some common areas include: Bathrooms Kitchens Unfinished basements Use the GFCI Protector Outdoors As rain, snow…

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Décor Done Right

Enjoying the holidays is even more fun when you drive up to your house glowing brightly with holiday charm. Whether you’ve hung hearts for Valentine’s Day, Pumpkins and Witches for Halloween or Santa and his sleigh during Christmastime, you must make sure you do so with caution. Before you fall in love with that wreath…

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How to Fix Step Flashing Problems

Contractors use step flashing to create a proper seal along the areas where the roof meets the wall. However, even when properly installed these do need repair from time to time. What to Look For Here’s how to know if your step flashing might be the problem. Rusted flashing Flashing comes loose Missing flashing How…

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Will a Failed Radon Test Affect Your Home’s Value?

While a failed radon test may seem like the end of the world, it doesn’t have to be. Many homeowners have installed radon mitigation systems and gone on to sell their homes for the market price. Instead of viewing your home as tainted by high radon levels, think of it as a chance to install…

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How to Make a Keyhole Template

Do you have a shelf you want to install but you can’t seem to line up the mounting screws correctly? Many shelves feature keyhole mounts that work by resting on top of screws mounted in a wall, but the first step is correctly measuring the right spots for these keyholes. Instead of measuring the distance…

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Avoid the Health Risks Associated With Mold

There are many reasons why you should be aware of mold and act immediately if you see signs of it growing in your home, but the most important reason should be because it can pose a direct risk to your health. Studies have shown that nearly 100 percent of those who suffer from chronic sinusitis…

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How to Fix a Loose Screw

Trying to drive a screw into a hole that’s too big is a waste of time. If this happens, you have two options: Option number one is to take the screw out, apply filler to the hole and let it dry. After the appropriate amount of time, you can try to re-drill the screw into…

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How to Always Find Your House Key

Have you ever arrived at your door late at night only to spend minutes trying to find the right key to get in? Not only is this an inconvenience, it may also be dangerous for some people who may need to get inside quickly after arriving at home in the dark. Instead of trying to…

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Better Shower Pressure

What is a shower with low water pressure but a standing sponge bath? It may take longer to wash, use up the warm water and leave you with a cold rinse. The culprit may be a clogged showerhead. Here are a couple of easy ways you can remedy that. If your showerhead has rubber around…

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The Top 3 Home Inspection Mistakes Realtors Make

Every experienced real estate agent has worked with great home inspectors in their career. Regrettably, they’ve worked with some real dogs too. You owe it to yourself to recommend an inspector who won’t drive you crazy. Here are 3 common mistakes realtors make and how to avoid them. Skipping the Inspection Be there or be…

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What Does It Mean To “Pass” or “Fail” a Radon Test?

When it comes to radon testing, “passing” or “failing” results aren’t always completely clear. Because radon is not really safe at any level, you may receive a passing result and still have low levels of radon in your home. The EPA puts the action level for radon at 4 picocuries per liter. This means that…

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Save Energy by Cleaning Your Dryer Vents

A clothes dryer cannot work as effectively as possible with a clogged and dirty vent. A clogged dryer vent can interrupt the flow of air through the exhaust system, reducing the efficiency of the appliance. Failing to clean your vents could be a drain on your home’s electrical system. It could also be a significant…

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