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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to Maintain Your Jetted Tub

America's Preferred Home Warranty, Jetted Tub Maintenance

Everybody loves to soak in a hot bath, especially if it happens to be in a jetted tub. 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 […]