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 […]

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 […]