How to Maintain Your Water Softener

You’ve probably heard of “hard water” and “soft water,” but what exactly are they? Hard water is water that contains high amounts of calcium, magnesium, or other minerals, which groundwater takes on by dissolving it from soil and rock. If your water is hard, it usually shows itself in scaly, scummy buildup in and on pipes, shower stalls, coffee makers, … Read More

3 Ways to Avoid Water Damage When You’re Not Home

No matter what time of year it is, if you’re going to be away from your home for an extended amount of time – even just over night – it’s a smart idea to turn off your water until you return home. Why? Because it doesn’t take very much water to cause a whole lot of damage! If your water … Read More

5 Fast & Simple Ways to Repair Drywall

drywall repair with spackle

If your walls have holes in them, you can easily repair drywall yourself using basic drywalling techniques: For Small Dents & Damages Scrape away loose pieces of wall with a paint scraper or other scraping tool, and then apply a lightweight spackle over the hole. Let it dry, and then sand down until smooth. For Holes Caused by Doorknobs Purchase … Read More

4 Ways to Prevent Winter Mold

man examining winter mold with a magnifying glass

Mold tends to form in the winter time because our homes are heated with warm air, and warm air is filled with moisture. Warm air tends to rise, so the attic can be the final rest place for heat in your home. This can lead to mold, especially if your attic isn’t insulated well. As the humidity from the warm … Read More

Do It Yourself Flood Clean Up

flood clean up needs to be done on this house

If your home or the home of a neighbor or loved one has recently experienced major flooding or water damage due to weather, natural disasters, or appliance malfunctions, this article is for you. There are several steps to take before the rebuilding of a water-damaged area can occur, so be sure to hit these flood clean up steps before you … Read More

How to Prepare Your Home for a Winter Storm

While a winter storm may be the main ingredient for a cozy day indoors, it can also mean major damage to your home or business if you’re not properly prepared. Here are things you can do before and after a winter storm – whether it’s ice, snow, sleet, wind, rain, or a little bit of everything – to ensure your … Read More

How to Properly Clean Rain Gutters

A man cleaning out his rain gutters after reading our how to guide

While cleaning out your home’s rain gutters can be an easily forgotten chore, it’s an important one to tackle at least once a year (preferably twice, in the spring and fall). When your rain gutters go without cleaning for too long, it can lead to problems like insect infestation, roof damage, clogged downspouts, damaged landscaping below, and water-damaged basements or … Read More

How to Properly Clean Window Wells

A clean window well with condensation on the outside with some water leaking through to the inside. Clean window wells help keep out the elements and make necessary escape safer and easier.

These days if you have a basement in your home, you need to have at least one egress window. Egress is another term for “exit,” and these windows are vital for escape in case of an emergency. Besides their safety feature, clean window wells give basements more natural light than ever before, making them feel less like basements and more … Read More

10 Emergency Supplies Every Home Should Have

Whether it’s a flood, famine, or fire, emergencies can take us by surprise. It could be a small house fire that’s quickly put out but costs you thousands in restoration, or it could be the evacuation of an entire area due to a natural disaster. Then there are circumstances that may not be classified as an emergency, but that we … Read More

Backyard Fire Pit Safety Tips

Summer is winding down, and fall is about to begin. It’s the time of the year that’s perfect for apple picking, pumpkin spice, and grabbing that sweater before you head out the door…just in case. But it’s also prime time for backyard campfires! S’mores roasting parties, hot dogs, and scary stories around the fire has been an American tradition for … Read More