How to Winterize Your HVAC A/C Unit

Winterize Your AC

Most of the northern states are already covered in snow, but we’re expecting a warm-up to melt it all away by next week. Take advantage of that melt-off and winterize your HVAC air conditioner, if you haven’t already. Why winterize it? Simply put, preparing your unit for winter can save you money in repairs. It […]

There are Holes in Your Roof!

Man fixing roof while onlooker comments from below, "Not what I meant by Ventilation, honey."

Okay, okay, the TECHNICAL term might be ‘ventilation.’ But there are multiple reasons why you should take a look at your roof anyway (or have a professional do it) before the snow starts flying: Clogged gutters can cause ice dams and water damage Shaded areas may have streaking (fungus, moss, mildew, or algae growth) Overhanging […]

This Suds Bucket ISN’T Self-Cleaning? Seriously!?

Washing Machine Maintenance

Yep! Sad to say, our favorite appliance for washing clothing doesn’t clean itself, despite the amount of soap you throw in there. If anything, it can actually be a haven for mold and mildew growth—so if you notice your clothing coming out a little… smelly… it might be time for some washing machine TLC. The […]

Don’t ‘FALL’ for it! Maintain Your Home

Fall Home Maintenance

PUMPKIN SPICE! Okay, seriously though, focus: You have a (PUMPKIN SPICE) home to maintain and colder weather on the (PUMPKIN SPICE) way, so it’s really time to take a look around your home and… (PuMpKiN sPiCe) …erm… AHEM. While this season does offer MANY distractions, now is the best time to maintain your home so […]

FREEZE! Or Better Yet, Keep Your Ice Machine Working

Ice Machine Maintenance

Ah, ice. If you’re lucky, you no longer have to fill trays with water, carry them to the freezer (without spilling any), and wait for them to harden. No, you have a built-in icemaker, working day and night to make sure your drinks are always cold and refreshing. Wouldn’t it be terrible if it… stopped? […]

Open & Shut: Garage Door Opener Maintenance

Garage Door Opener Maintenance

Our two-car garage did not include garage door openers when we first moved in. After one horrendous winter without them—pull up the icy driveway, get out without slipping, go into the side door of the garage, unlock and open the garage door from the inside, get back into the car, pull forward, then face the […]

Septic Sense: Maintaining the Motions

Septic Tank Maintenance

One of the finer aspects of society living is public plumbing: Once you flush, it goes away. But with more than 20 percent of households relying on an onsite system to treat their wastewater, you may have found yourself with a septic tank to maintain. Don’t panic: While repairs can be costly, septic systems typically […]

Save Your Summer Sanity: Home Maintenance Tips

Summer Task List

We all take care of those everyday tasks like laundry or the dishes, but when was the last time you cleaned the dust out of the heat vents? Deep cleaned the bathroom drains? How about de-linting the dryer vent and exhaust ducts? These are the tasks folks tend to forget about. Out-of-sight, out-of-mind, right? They […]

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 […]

Water Hitting Hard? Maintain Your Softener

Water Softener Maintenance

Hard water can be a financial pain. You use twice as much soap for the same lather, have higher gas and electricity bills, go through clothing items faster, and have a harder time with appliance & plumbing maintenance—never mind what it does to your hair and skin in the shower. It can add up to […]