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Chimneys

 Preventing house fires should always be a priority, but if you're like most Americans, you think you're at very little risk of ever experiencing a house fire. This attitude, however, can be almost as dangerous as fire itself. Outside of the former Soviet Bloc, Americans have the highest fire...

Pests

It is February and right about now, the wind is howling - right through doors and windows! From steam boiler checks to clearing ice dams, here's how to protect your home from the elements this February, one weekend at a time:

Weekend #1:  Clear ice dams.  Much of the United States has seen...

Drainage

When buying or selling a home, make sure a professional home inspector is part of the transaction. Nosy people can be really annoying if they are always sticking their nose in other people's business! But if you are buying a house, a home inspector is one super nosy person you definitely want...

Tips on Fall Home Maintenance Projects
Fall home maintenance projects are all about protecting your home and preserving safety and comfort indoors, which you get your home ready for winter. Grab a few tools and a half an hour now to tackle one of the following chores, and you’ll thank yourself warmly a few months down the line. 
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Chimney Repair and Cleaning

When temperatures drop, it's time to think about getting your house ready for winter. A good place to start is by reviewing your chimney for any repair or cleaning it may need.

Often neglected, chimneys are a vital part of a home's structure and mechanical functioning. If a chimney is not...

Cleaning

Here's an easy way to make cleaning a fireplace screen part of your regular cleaning routine. Once or twice a season, use a cleaning solution of 1/8 cup liquid dishwashing detergent per quart of water to remove the caked on dirt.  Gently scrub the fireplace screen with a soft bristle brush and...