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Gifts To Please Parents

Parents come in three types when it comes to home maintenance. There are parents who insist on doing all their own home maintenance themselves whether or not it is still a good idea for them to climb a ladder or deal with power tools. There are parents who insist that...

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How To Clean Your Refrigerator Coils

Refrigerators have two sets of coils. Evaporator coils are located near the cooled space and absorb heat, and condenser coils are outside of the cooled space and release heat. Condenser coils are normally exposed to ambient air (although a grille may cover them) and...

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How To Check Your Locksets

We covered checking the condition of your exterior doors in a previous post. Here we want to concentrate on the locking operation of your exterior doors. This is a bit more involved than checking the condition of the doors, but still in the low-stress easy category of...

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How To Check Your Doors

Your home’s doors and locksets are the gateways to your house, permitting entry to some and denying it to others. Doors and locks are only effective, though, if they’re in good shape. Let’s start by talking about how to check the condition of your exterior...

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Can Home Maintenance Help Allergies?

If someone in your family (and it may be you) suffers from air-borne allergens, you know that springtime is often a bad time for them. Summer isn’t much better. Fall can bring its own woes with leaf mold and wind. What can you do to help reduce their allergy...

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Grill Safety

Steaks on the grill sound great – but beware of the dangers your grill can pose to your house and deck. Watch Kevin point out some common dangers and how to avoid them in this Home Value Maintenance Minute. This is another aspect of deck safety easily...

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How To Test Your Sump Pump

Sump pumps remove water from homes during times of excessive snowmelt or rainfall, helping ensure that your home’s bottom levels don’t flood. To ensure that your sump pump will work properly when it’s needed, you should check it periodically. Here’s how to...

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What Is A Soffit?

Animal, vegetable, or mineral? Soffit, along with fascia and gable, are simple parts of the construction of your house. They sound odd, but they are easy to recognize. Each plays a role in keeping your house looking well-made and well cared-for. Most, but not all,...

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How To Clean and Disinfect Your Humidifier

Humidifiers are designed to put moisture in the air. Over time, however, mold, mildew and bacteria can collect in humidifiers — which then spew them into the air. Here’s how to clean and disinfect your humidifier so it only adds water vapor to the air in your...

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Water Security

This Home Value Maintenance Minute focuses on the very real threat water poses to your home’s safety, value, and comfort. Leaks, pipe breaks, broken flashing – all these and more turn water from friend to enemy. Download our Home Maintenance Schedule to...

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