Avoid the Arctic – Maintain Your Water Heater

Water Heater Maintenance Tips

I once had the unfortunate circumstance of showering with cold water. I’m talking COLD. Not room temperature, not slightly chilly—cold. Zero heat. Suffice it to say, that was the fastest shower I have ever taken. I will never suffer through it again if I can help it, and regularly maintaining your home’s water heater is […]

Getting Zapped in Winter? Maintain Your Humidifier Now

Humidifier Maintenance

Every winter in the Midwest, I’m utterly shocked—by static electricity. While this clues me in to go look at my furnace humidifier, you can avoid these sparking revelations with a little upkeep before, during, and after heating season—especially in the Spring. Your semi-glowing pets will thank you. Your furnace-mounted humidifier maintains your home’s humidity at […]

Temperatures On The Rise? Don’t Sweat It

Spring Air Conditioner Maintenance

I know there’s still snow on the branches and ice in your driveway, so your air conditioner is probably the farthest thing from your mind. Don’t keep it on the back burner, though, or you may find yourself in hot water, or rather hot air. Okay, puns aside, it really is important that you do […]

Do the Right ‘Spring’: Maintain Your Mansion

Spring Cleaning

Northerners may be considering some groundhog revenge—He said Spring would be EARLY this year!—but those down south are enjoying some much warmer weather. So, let’s dust off the old Spring-Cleaning chore list, and while we’re at it, let’s give your home a check-up too. (Don’t worry, Spring will make it up north eventually!) Inspection Suggestions […]

Water You Waiting For? Well? Pump!

Water Well Pump Maintenance

Unless you’re super into Little House on the Prairie, chances are you’d prefer not to manually lift buckets of water out of a deep well several times a day. So be sure to give your modern-day alternative, the water well pump, some occasional maintenance—lest you should experience a ‘Wilder’ existence in the near-future. Leave It […]

A Disposal Proposal: Maintaining Your Daily Grind

Garbage Disposal Maintenance Tips

It’s so easy to just scrape that extra little bit down the drain and let your garbage disposal handle it, right? Ah, but what you don’t know can hurt you—or at least the grinder below. Here are some tips to ensure you get the most out of your garbage disposal, and hopefully prevent it from […]

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 […]