2 Quick Tips To Streamline Your Kitchen

You don’t have to restrict your best creative, outside-the-box thinking to your bedroom or your living room when it comes to home organization tips. You can whip your kitchen into shape in the blink of an eye with a couple of clever repurposing ideas for common household items: Install an…

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Getting Your House Ready for Fall

As the leaves slowly start to change and the days get just a little bit colder, you can count on one thing: It’s time for fall home maintenance. Preparing your home for the fall can help you get a jump-start on the season so that you are braced for colder…

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How Much Does Hiring a Mold Specialist Cost?

Hiring a professional team to handle your mold removal job is a lot like hiring any other professional service when it comes to the potential cost. Every situation is different, so how much yours will set you back depends entirely on how big the job is and what’s involved. However,…

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Is Your Ceiling Fan Making You Sneeze?

One way to alleviate persistent allergies is to look high and low for accumulated dirt and dust that may irritate your airways. Where should you start? One area that often gets overlooked during your regular cleaning is ceiling fans. Beautiful ceiling fans add beauty to a room’s decor and create…

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Check Doors and Windows for Drafts

When the weather turns cooler, it’s time to turn up the heat to keep your home cozy. Part of your fall home maintenance checklist should include checking doors and windows for drafts. Finding the Fix If you can see cracks of light or feel air moving, it only takes a…

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Do You Know Your Current Radon Levels?

Even if you have a radon mitigation system, it’s still a good idea to check it every now and then to determine if the installer did a good job. Find out how effective your radon mitigation system is by buying a radon testing kit. Test Every Two Years It’s best…

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Remember Your Range

How often should you clean or replace the range hood filter above your stove? Shoot for a clean filter at least once a year. If you cook a lot, clean it more often. Why Do I Need To Clean It? This easy-to-forget home maintenance task does more than just deliver…

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Maximize Underutilized Storage Space

If you’re like most people, you probably find yourself at least occasionally wishing you had more storage space to work with. A little creative thinking is all you need when it comes to home organization tips, so you can make more of underutilized and commonly overlooked spaces that can easily…

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SEWER SCOPE INSPECTION: What is it, and Why is it Important?

Whether you’re dealing with a new construction single-family house, or an older multi-unit home, Sewer Scope Inspections are one of the most important types of inspections any buyer, seller or owner can have. Sewer Scope Inspections are used to determine the current condition of the sewer line, and make known any potential damages that cannot…

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3 Ways To Keep Your Home in Good Working Order

Age is just a number, even when it comes to your house. Just like proper self-care can keep your body strong, good home maintenance can make your house last longer. Inspect the Roof The roof is your home’s shield. Keeping your shingles intact and your gutters clean helps protect your…

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Price Your House Right This Summer

While many believe it is beneficial to always price your house a little higher and then haggle with a buyer, this is not necessarily the case. Overpricing a house can scare away a lot of potential buyers who don’t want to have the back and forth of negotiations. If the…

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Telltale Signs of Termites

Termites left unchecked can cause damage to your home. Here are three telltale signs that you have these unwanted visitors in your house. Mud Tubes These small tunnel-like tubes are commonplace in spots where your home and the ground come together. They are about the width of a pencil and…

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Unsafe Decks

If you love to entertain, a home with a beautiful deck is likely at the top of your list. Decks can be wonderful gathering places for family and friends or a perfect spot to enjoy the outdoors. While decks can be a huge selling point for a home, a poorly…

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Hate Mold? Keep Things Clean!

One of the best ways to prevent mold in your basement is simply to clean regularly. Look for traces of mold on walls and ceilings. Pay extra attention to corners, nooks and anywhere that is prone to moisture or condensation. How To Clean Effectively Use a vacuum with a High-Efficiency…

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Turn Storage Space Into a Focal Point

Cooking is truly about creating a beautiful work of art, from colorful ingredients to stylish serving pieces. Don’t hide these gorgeous items behind a pantry door. Display your kitchen essentials in clear glass jars and arrange them according to color and height for a fabulous focal point in your kitchen.…

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Make Home Maintenance Easy With Automation

As a homeowner, you likely know that the work is almost never done. It always seems like something needs to be fixed or upgraded, which can be time-consuming. Don’t despair! You can automate some of the easier home maintenance tasks so nothing gets overlooked. Here are some helpful tips on…

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Water Line

Running water is a modern convenience that many of us can take for granted. We rarely think about the water line that is responsible for bringing that cool clean water into our home. But what if there are problems with the water line? A qualified home inspector can usually pick…

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Maintaining a Radon-Free Home

Radon is often found in trace amounts in the air outside your home. A test can reveal whether it’s inside your home, and regular maintenance can help keep it out. Testing for radon is easy and inexpensive. You can hire a professional to complete the test, or you can use…

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Why You Should Have a Pre-Listing Inspection

If you are planning to sell a house this summer (or any season, really), it is important to consider all the benefits you can get from a pre-listing inspection. While it may seem unnecessary, especially when a potential buyer will likely have their own inspection, having one done yourself can…

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Include Downtime in Your Summer Schedule

Building downtime into your summer schedule is one key summer organization tip. It can be all too easy to cram the days with activities leaving you and your family little breathing room. When everything is go-go-go, the rest of your life starts to reflect that fast pace from laundry piling…

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Three Common Home Inspections Myths

If you’re in the process of closing a sale, then you know how much work goes into helping your client look for the right place to call their own. You’ll likely spend countless hours viewing different homes online and with your client and hosted several open houses before they find…

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Turn Something Old Into Something New

Whether it’s an old family heirloom or a fabulous thrift store find, upcycling an old chair is a great way to add a unique piece to your room for a lower cost. Depending on the design, you may find that you can actually do the work yourself. Even if you…

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Switch to Satin Brass Finishes

Brass is making a comeback, and for good reason. This gorgeous finish adds a touch of class and elegance to any room by embracing the current trend in gold accents. In bathrooms and kitchens, choose it for your faucets and knobs for a customized and modern look that stands out…

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A Buried Oil Tank

If the home you own, or the one you are planning to buy, has a buried oil tank you need to know! Depending on the situation, there may be some environmental cleanup costs associated with it. If you are buying a home this could be something to use when negotiating…

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A Cracked Heat Exchanger

A cracked heat exchanger isn’t ideal, but it might not be as dangerous as we immediately assume. If your exchanger is cracked, you’re going to need to replace it. The issue with the cracks is primarily that it might allow carbon monoxide into your home, and if that’s happening you…

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Enhance Your Home’s Beauty With Faux Finishes

Thanks to modern printing technology, homeowners can now add luxurious finishes to their home without the hefty price tag. One of the top design trends that homeowners are taking advantage of is using faux finished looks at a fraction of the cost. From floors to backsplashes to fireplace surrounds, faux…

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Consider a Tile Transformation

A gorgeous new backsplash or tile design can completely transform your kitchen or bathroom. Whether you want something bright in a bold shape or a classic and clean look, the right tile can be both timeless and modern, giving your home a fresh and updated look. In your kitchen, consider…

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Check Your Dryer for Mold Prevention

In order for mold to grow, it needs moisture and warmth. The first step in mold prevention is to clear your home of the perfect environments. Your dryer is capable of creating an ideal environment for mold, but there is an easy way for you to prevent mold in your…

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Avoid Venting Bathroom Air Into the Attic

It sounded like a good idea at the time, right?Move the moist bathroom air into the attic and it will simply flow out through the vents. Why go to all the trouble of venting the air all the way outdoors? What you may not have thought about is that when…

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Summer Tips for a Safer Deck

Now that the balmy, lazy days of summer are officially in full swing, it only makes sense that you’re spending a lot more time outside. Among other things, that likely means more family fun, entertaining, and quiet evenings spent unwinding on your deck. The following considerations can help you make sure…

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Breathe Easy and Learn About Radon

After buying a home with radon, your first step is to gain more of an understanding of what radon is. Mitigation comes next, but first, take a moment to learn the facts. Radon gas is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. Your new home is not a problem. Radon gas can…

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Check Out The Chimney

One big selling feature of a home can be a gorgeous fireplace that acts as a focal point in the room. From cozy winter nights to large family gatherings, around the fireplace can be a common place to gather. But even if you fall in love with the fireplace, make…

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5 Indoor Molds You Should Know About

When it comes to indoor molds, they are easy to clean up with the proper remediation techniques. Before remediation, however, it’s important to know what molds to look for. Alternaria After water damage, alternia is more likely to appear. It is black, brown or gray. Aspergillus This is your most…

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Be Smart With Your Space

If you’re looking for new ways to add style without sacrificing space, it may be time to rethink your lighting and accent options. Lamps are lovely, but they can take up valuable room on a side table or night stand. Instead, switch to wall sconces for a soft and relaxing…

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Boost Your Home’s Value With Radon Mitigation

If you’re planning on putting your home on the market and want to maximize your property’s value, look into a radon mitigation system if your levels are elevated. Rather than generating concern, a mitigation system is more likely to serve as a measure of reassurance for potential buyers. Make It…

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Prevent Water Heater Backdrafting

We all love our water heaters because without them we couldn’t enjoy a hot shower or the ease of clean dishes and clean clothes thanks to modern appliances. Water heaters are responsible for keeping hot water ready for our use. If your water heater uses gas, such as propane or…

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Home Inspection Red Flags: What To Look Out For

Scheduling a thorough home inspection is an important part of getting any home ready for the market. However, fully understanding what the resulting report means for that property can take a little finesse if you’re not already in the know. Some potential issues with a property are more obvious or…

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Eco-friendly Home Trends

These days, people are feeling more environmentally conscious than ever. While people are finding little ways to save the environment each day, such as cutting back on the amount of plastic they use and driving energy-efficient cars, there are ways you can tap into these trends to make your home…

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Is You’re A/C in the Attic?

Putting an air conditioner in the attic seems to make perfect sense. There are no ugly window units. There is no bulky central A/C unit in the utility area. There is just cool dry air gently flowing down from ceiling vents. Unfortunately, that’s not all that’s flowing. In the process…

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How to Fix a Jammed Garbage Disposal

If you have a clogged or jammed disposal, your first instinct might be to call a plumber. In some cases, you do need to call a professional, but this isn’t always true. Sometimes, the solution requires no plumbing knowledge at all. Here is something you can try: Unplug the garbage…

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Save Money by Weather stripping

Some of the biggest energy losses for many homes are gaps where heated or air conditioned air escapes. Don’t pay to heat or cool the great outdoors. Grab a helper and a flashlight at a time when you can make your house completely dark. Shine the flashlight along the seals…

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Put Your Garbage Disposal on a Diet

We feed ourselves, our kids and our pets. But think before you feed your garbage disposal. While eggs, potatoes, celery and peaches are pretty tasty and loaded with nutrition, their skins and shells are also loaded with fiber that will upset your garbage disposal. Get in the habit of peeling…

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Outdoor Rated is Not Over Rated

A light bulb is a light bulb, right? Wrong. Light bulbs that will be exposed to moisture, rain, or snow need to be designed specifically to withstand those kinds of elements. Outdoor rated bulbs will have fine print either on the bulb itself or on the packaging indicating its ability…

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Maintain a Functioning Air Conditioner System

The air conditioner moves air from outside to inside, and it cools the air in the process. The heat pump cools air by pumping heat out of the air. Check for Problems Consider the hazards of the outdoor environment and weather. Check for debris in condensing coils. Check for damage…

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Why Any Home May Have a Radon Issue

No matter where you live, or what type of house you reside in, you could be at risk for radon exposure. That is why you should test your home for radon as soon as possible. Radon Doesn’t Discriminate Radon is a radioactive gas that is found in most soils. It…

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Three Ideas for Summer Organization

Now that summer is here and you have warm days and long evenings to look forward to, why not get a jump start on organizing your home? As the year goes on, it can be easy to put this task aside. However, clearing your home of clutter can also help…

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My Lights Went Out! Inside the Breaker Box

All homeowners need to know where the main breaker box is and how it works. This is the steel box – usually a grey-blue color – that provides electricity to your entire house. Whenever you have an issue with power or need to turn it off, this is normally where…

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How to Bleach Away a Water Stain

No one wants to have to repaint his or her entire ceiling. This takes a lot of time and effort. If you’re short on time, money and don’t have the time for a whole ceiling redo, you don’t need to worry about it. There is a trick to removing water…

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Organize Your Home With a Professional Organizer

Organizing your home takes time and effort. If you already have a busy schedule, home organization might come last on your list. If this is the case, hiring a professional to help you with your home can be invaluable. The National Association of Professional Organizers offers certification to companies and…

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Fourth of July Fun Facts

While you’re enjoying this year’s festivities on Independence Day, here are some fun facts to chew on at your annual cookout: Did you know that the Declaration of Independence wasn’t actually signed on July 4th? This important document was adopted by Congress on that date, but all of the signatures…

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Flush Out That Toilet Bowl Leak

Your water bill can be adversely affected by an unstopped toilet bowl leak, not to mention the potential damage to floors or walls when they are constantly exposed to water, however small the amount. Don’t flush your money down the drain by allowing a leak to go unchecked. Here is…

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Don’t Plant a Problem Tree in Your Yard

Looking to add a tree to your yard? Trees can provide character, beauty, privacy and shade, but they last a long time. Before planting your new tree, make sure you have all the facts. Plan ahead when planting a small tree. It will eventually grow to be a large tree,…

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Install a Trap Door on Your Electric Receptacle

Do you have an outdoor electrical receptacle you like to use? It’s probably where you plug in the stereo while hanging out, outside. It may also be the source of electricity for your outdoor lights, especially during the holidays. Protect the Receptacles To protect these receptacles, it’s important to install…

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Straighten and Clean Your Cooling Fins

Air must move through the condensing unit in your air conditioner to effectively cool your home. If the fins get bent or damaged, air flow may be restricted. Needed Tools Aluminum fins could get bent or damaged by debris or high pressures washing. Purchase a fin comb, or coil fin…

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Diagnosing Allergies and Asthma After Mold Exposure

While studies are somewhat inconclusive, scientists have found a link between mold exposure and respiratory illness. If you have symptoms that seem to correlat with exposure to mold or damp locations, such as coughing, shortness of breath, and wheezing, it is important to get checked out by your doctor right…

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Chinese Money Trees

When it comes to enhancing our homes, houseplants are, for many of us, a logical go-to. While historically houseplants were an indulgence reserved for the upper classes, many more people today bring plants into their homes, to liven up the atmosphere as well as to include a bit of nature…

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Should You Clean Your Air Ducts?

The duct work in your home or office circulates the air throughout the building either heating it or cooling it as it passes through the HVAC system. Over time, the ducts can become dirty with dust, debris and mold. Those areas of build up can contaminate the air you breathe…

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Beautify Your Yard: Shrub Maintenance Tips

There is nothing quite like a shrub to add some flair to your home’s landscaping. It doesn’t hurt that these attractive plants add privacy to make you feel more comfortable at home. However, just because they are a stylish addition to your yard does not mean that they are all…

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A Fix for Rickety Chairs

Do you have a rickety chair that won’t keep it together? Over time, dining room chairs start to get worse for wear. Often, they might still look good but they’re unstable. Instead of trusting your family and friends to sit on them, you only have a couple of choices. Either…

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Muffle Those Noisy Pipes

Do your pipes sound like they are practicing for the church choir? This problem is especially common in older homes or apartments. The noise is usually caused by pipes that thump or creak against boards in the walls or rattle from the pressure of the water coursing through them. Don’t…

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How to Fix Difficult Roof Problems

Some roof problems will require a bit more creative thinking and elbow grease to fix than others. These tips can help. The Cause One of the main causes of hard-to-fix leaks is failure to properly waterproof the area where the roof joins with the soffit. The Fix Here’s how to…

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Can Mold Exposure Cause Serious Illnesses?

While some who are exposed to indoor mold develop allergies or asthma, mold spores may also lead to more serious illnesses. Still, the exact relationship between these conditions and mold exposure remains unclear. Infections Studies do show that increased time in moldy and damp areas can lead to a greater…

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3 Easy Ways to Organize Your Garage

The garage often becomes a neglected space full of extra items from the house and cluttered with toys and tools. Often parking in the garage takes a backseat to the excess and disorganization of the space. Whether you have a single, double or triple, take back your garage with a…

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5 Plants for Backyard Privacy

While some people love to have a backyard that is as open to the neighbors as possible, others like to live a more discreet existence. If you are one of these people, you may be frustrated to find that a fence just isn’t as attractive or environmentally friendly as you…

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How to Fix a Shower’s Low Water Pressure

If you’re stuck with low water pressure, you’re probably dealing with a scale accumulation. Odds are a water pressure issue with the showerhead isn’t a major plumbing issue. If the fix doesn’t work, then you want to get it checked, but until then, try these steps. Turn off the water…

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The Best Way to Paint a Door

Repainting old doors can bring new life to your home. It’s a relatively easy and inexpensive home improvement project that can make a big difference to the aesthetic value of your house. Painting a door while it’s still on the hinges, however, can be difficult and messy. The best way to paint a door is…

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Are Children at Higher Risk for Radon Exposure?

Lung cancer risk increases for both children and adults who are exposed to radon in the home. However, most people are exposed to small levels of environmental radon without consequence. Unfortunately, children usually consume higher levels of radon than adults in the same household. Reasons for Increased Risk Radon is a toxic gas that sticks…

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How to Fix a Shiner Roof Leak

Does your ceiling have a small plastic barrier to separate the attic insulation from the drywall? Here’s how to find and fix a leak in this area. Step 1 Move aside the insulation. Look for any stains indicating water flow on the plastic barrier. Step 2 If you can’t spot any water stains on the…

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day is the unofficial beginning of summer and is usually a day for barbeques, picnics and time with friends and family. With all of the enjoyment that surrounds this three-day weekend, it can be easy to forget the purpose behind the National holiday. Memorial Day (originally called Decoration Day)…

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Switch Ceiling Fan Direction in Winter

Many homeowners don’t realize their fans can change direction, much less the benefits this can deliver from season to season. Most fans have an easy switch that reverses the direction of the fan blades from clockwise to counterclockwise. The switch should be somewhere on the base of the fan. Why is this important? You should…

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Can Mold Grow in Sippy Cups?

Mold can grow anywhere with organic materials, moisture, and warmth. These are the exact conditions inside a child’s sippy cup. In fact, mold has been found growing inside sippy cups lids in the past. Unfortunately, mold can pose a direct threat to the health of those exposed to it, both children and adults, although children,…

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Drop That Drip

Drip. Drip. Drip… Sound familiar? Here are a couple of things you can try to make it less annoying. Unscrew the cap on the faucet and clear any little mineral rocks and grit out of the screen. Replace the cap. Still dripping? Wrap a wash cloth around the head of the faucet and use a…

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Skip the Traditional Mop for Hardwood Floors

Ditch the traditional mop and invest in a spray mop. Traditional mops require a bucket to rinse the dirt and grime from your mop. Spray mops cut out this step, and come with a refillable spray reservoir that you can fill with your favorite cleaning solution. Simply spray the cleaning solution onto the floor with…

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Don’t Overdo It

Burned out light bulbs can be a nuisance, especially when they are up high or in inconvenient locations. What is even more frustrating is when you can’t find the right type of light bulb for the fixture. Yes, there is a correct type of bulb and if you don’t know what it is you can…

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Avoid the Health Risks Associated With Mold

There are many reasons why you should be aware of mold and act immediately if you see signs of it growing in your home, but the most important reason should be because it can pose a direct risk to your health. Studies have shown that nearly 100 percent of those who suffer from chronic sinusitis…

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Simple Storage Solution: Tight-Space Shelves

Get all the benefits of shelving without taking up space in the room. Use versatile and easy-to-install pantry door shelves to hold your tools, cleaners, towels, trash bags, and other workshop supplies. Instead of attaching them to the inside door of a pantry or closet, bolt them directly on to an empty wall space for…

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Don’t Get Washed Away: Protect Your Home from Flooding

Flooding can cause massive damage to your home and is not always covered by your home insurance plan. Although it is most important for those in high-risk areas to prepare for flooding, every homeowner should have plans in place to reduce their exposure. Don’t leave yourself with regret after the fact. Prepare your home and…

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How Positive Feng Shui Can Help a Home Sell

As home inspectors and realtors know, there is usually a buyer out there for every home. When sellers utilize basic Feng Shui principles, they open themselves up to a bigger pool of buyers. Here are ten fast and effective tips to increase a home’s Chi. 1) It’s a Classic The home doesn’t have to be…

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What Is Radon?

Radon is a radioactive gas present in the environment as well as in high levels in many homes across the United States. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon exposure is one of the leading causes of lung cancer in the United States. Radon testing can ensure the safety of your family. How Radon…

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Shelf Brackets Make Great Bike Racks

Are you looking for a new bike storage solution? Shelf brackets intended to hold closet poles can actually work spectacularly as bike holders. These brackets usually consist of a triangular frame with a hook that extends outward. One of the best aspects of using these shelves for your bike is that they are small, light,…

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Mixing Epoxy with No Mess

Epoxy is a compound that requires two chemicals to work in conjunction to bond pieces together. One part cannot work without the other part. So how do you get a good seal without all the mess when using epoxy to repair items? Check out this trick for mixing both parts…

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Make Your Light Switches Easier to Find

There’s an easy way to make your light switches easier to find, and all it takes is a little dab of glow-in-the-dark paint. You can find glow-in-the-dark paint at most hardware and craft stores. Simply dab a bit of this paint to the tips of your light switches. Wait a…

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Your Home Tested High for Radon, Now What?

If you’ve received failing results from a radon test, you may feel a little panicked. However, it’s important to remember that there are professional radon mitigation installers who can get your home back to a healthy level. While it is not possible to get rid of radon gas, it is…

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How to Test Your Sump Pump

A sump pump is something all homes with basements and crawlspaces should have. It is a device that collects groundwater after a storm before it can flood your home. Without a properly working sump pump, rising groundwater could infiltrate your home’s foundation and cause serious property damage. Test your sump…

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No More Sifting Through Sandpaper

Every homeowner will eventually need sandpaper for different odd jobs around the house. Sandpaper comes in a variety of different textures, and most sandpaper has a “grit” rating so you can easily tell exactly how rough it is. Some sandpaper is great for preparing wooden surfaces for paint or primer,…

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No Sawhorse? No Problem.

A sawhorse is a beam with four legs, usually used to support a piece of wood for sawing. A pair of sawhorses can be helpful in cutting wood, painting doors, and woodworking. If you don’t have the money or room for two sawhorses, or time to purchase two before beginning…

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How to Fix Step Flashing Problems

Contractors use step flashing to create a proper seal along the areas where the roof meets the wall. However, even when properly installed these do need repair from time to time. What to Look For Here’s how to know if your step flashing might be the problem. Rusted flashing Flashing…

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Increase Closet Storage Space with Nook Shelves

Most of us want to make the most of our closet space, but recessed space at the ends of the closet can seem impossible to utilize efficiently. But, it is possible to create nook shelves that can easily hold blankets, towels, or whatever other small items you need to store…

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Using Common Household Chemicals To Remove Mold

If you are hoping to remove mold from your home, you almost certainly already have a cleaner that can eliminate it. You could use ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, or even vinegar to clean the mold away. Each of these has their own unique advantages, and they are all incredibly inexpensive and…

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Change Your HVAC Filter to Save Money

Heating and cooling costs go up when HVAC filters get clogged with dust, dirt and lint. When the HVAC filter is dirty the blower and motor have to work harder to keep your house comfortable. This is a common problem that is easily avoided. During the months when your HVAC…

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Top Things to Know About Mold and Mold Prevention

Mold is a versatile fungus present nearly everywhere. All it needs is a little moisture to start growing. Mold can thrive in high humidity areas and can attach to food, carpeting, paper and wood—anything organic. When mold spores are present in the air it can cause allergies and respiratory problems…

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How to Store Your Hose Tangle-Free

A tangled hose can create a whole host of problems: it can form kinks, invite mold, or you may just have a hard time pulling your hose out for regular use. You don’t want to waste time fighting your hose or spend money on a replacement. Keeping your hose tangle-free…

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The Top 3 Home Inspection Mistakes Realtors Make

Every experienced real estate agent has worked with great home inspectors in their career. Regrettably, they’ve worked with some real dogs too. You owe it to yourself to recommend an inspector who won’t drive you crazy. Here are 3 common mistakes realtors make and how to avoid them. Skipping the…

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Troubleshooting Dead Outlets and CGFI Reset

Dead outlets can be a major inconvenience in the home. While your first instinct may be to call an electrician, there are multiple potential causes of dead outlets—many of which you can fix yourself. Before you pick up the phone, see if you can find the problem to save some…

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How to Repair A Doorbell

Doorbells are a classic way for guests to let you know they’re at the door, and malfunctioning ones can be an inconvenience. Fortunately, you can identify and fix the problem on your own. Here’s what to look out for: The problem may be with the wiring that connects the parts…

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