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Ever wonder about your house number? Often, the previous owner installed the number and the new owner never had to think about it, leaving them clueless as to why it was placed where it is or why a particular color or size was chosen. These numbers are more important than you probably realize, an...
More than 100 million homes in North America are constructed with wood-or gas -burning fireplaces. However, fireplaces can be big energy wasters.Fireplaces can act like giant straw, sucking your expensive heated or air-conditioned air right up the chimney and out of your house. In addition, somet...
As cold weather sets in know: Know what areas of your home, such as basements, crawl spaces, unheated rooms, and outside walls, are most vulnerable to freezing. Eliminate sources of cold air near water lines by fixing windows, insulating walls, closing off crawl spaces and eliminating drafts near...
Keeping your home's humidity levels in check can significantly improve the healthfulness and comfort of your home.When it comes to feeling comfortable in your home, the old saying "it's not the heat (or cold) - it's the humidity" rings true. Other than ambient temperature, nothing affects a body'...
· Avoid over watering your lawn. One inch of water per week in the summer will keep most grasses healthy.  · Water lawns early in the morning or in the evening during the hotter summer months. Avoid watering on windy days.  · Choose plants that are drought tolerant, heat tolerant, and tolerant of...
Check for leaks. Dripping faucets can waste as much as 2,700 gallons of water per year. Leaky toilets can waste as much as 200 gallons each day. You can checkyour toilets for leaks by placing a drop of food coloring into your toilet's tank. Don't flush. Check the water bowl in 15 minutes. If the...
One of the most important things you can do to maintain the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems as well as the air quality in your home is to make sure that your ducts and filters are cleaned or replaced regularly. Duct cleaning takes the expertise of a professional.It's a good idea to...
· Keep trees trimmed to prevent damage to the roof surface from branches or falling limbs. · Check the roof surface annually for obvious damage, lifted or worn shingles. Pay particular attention to valley areas and flashings.· Have missing or damaged shingles promptly replaced. · Periodically che...
Of all the problems you can encounter around the house, roofing problems are by far the sneakiest. Leaks can develop unnoticed for years causing rot, mold, warping, and other expensive damage. Experts recommend that you go into your attic or crawlspace at least once a year or immediately after a ...
A sump pump is a drainage-tile system that is placed under the floor of your basement that channels water into a pit. Some houses (depending on location, climate conditions, and building structure) have an unavoidable problem with flooding due to natural weather and environmental conditions. A s...

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