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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