Dishwasher Drama: Maintaining the Machine for New Homeowners

Dishwasher Maintenance

Ah, for the days when I would stand at the kitchen sink, up to my elbows in scalding, soapy water, scrubbing away at the slimy remains of our family dinner. Fond memories—riiiight. Chances are pretty likely you love your dishwasher, especially if you loath doing the dishes as much as I do. Much like any […]

Hold the Mayo—Refrigerator Maintenance for Homeowners

Fridge Maintenance

Is your refrigerator running? Well, you’d better go catch it! Ha hah… ha… ahem. Okay, bad (and old) joke. But seriously, your fridge runs 24/7 to keep your food safe—don’t you think it deserves some TLC once in a while? Follow these tips to keep your hard-working appliance in good health, especially during this season […]

Stove & Oven Maintenance for New Homeowners

Oven Maintenance

When the season means more time in the kitchen, the last thing you need is for your stove or oven to quit on you. Semi-regular maintenance can go a long way toward ensuring they will work when you need them most. Keep a Schedule Your stovetop gets dirty, you clean it—that’s just a normal part […]

A Homeowner’s Guide to Smoke Detectors

Smoke Detectors

Homeowners love to hate (and share stories about) that annoying chirp smoke detectors emit when the batteries get low. We know these alarms can and do save lives, so we all enjoy the joke—until it isn’t funny anymore. Will your smoke detector be able to help when the need arises? One truly disturbing study found […]

Need-to-Know Furnace Maintenance for New Homeowners

Furnace Maintenance for New Homeowners

Turn up the heat! Well, check your furnace first—but then turn up the heat! When outside temperatures start to drop, it’s important to ensure you’re covering the basics of furnace maintenance. This will help you in a number of ways, including extending the life of your furnace—that is one expensive system to replace! Have You […]

Need-to-Know Plumbing Tips for New Homeowners

Plumbing Tips

When your toilet is overflowing, or a pipe is leaking (a LOT), wouldn’t it be nice to know how to stop the onslaught of water? Read on to learn this and other essential tips about household plumbing. Shut It ALL Off Do you know where your main shut off valve is? In the event of […]

How to Maintain Your Jetted Tub & Your Bubbly Lifestyle

Everybody loves to soak in a hot bath, especially if it includes massaging spa jets. Those extra goodies, though—they come with a little extra maintenance. To help keep those jets running in good condition, you’ll want to perform these steps at least once every four months with rare use, or monthly with frequent use. Fill […]

A Dusting Conundrum: Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans—can’t live without ‘em, don’t want to clean them. They should just spin off any dust on them anyway… right? Sad to say, ceiling fans are not self-cleaning. I don’t know about you, but I don’t spend much time looking upward, so they tend to get cleaned when a dust bunny hits me in […]

Swimming Pool Cleaning 101

It’s summer! Time to jump in to that gloriously cool, sparkling, green swimming pool! Wait… green? Chlorine and filtration systems can only do so much to keep the water clean, so let’s get some elbow grease going and see what we need to keep it more on the blue side of the spectrum. TELESCOPIC POLES […]