Our Blog

An ongoing series of informational entries

Pro Tip:

February 7, 2016

Remove a stripped screw by using a rubber band and some elbow grease.

Freeze Warning!

December 18, 2016

If your pipes freeze, here are 5 things you should do and one thing you should NOT do:

•You should keep the faucet open. As the frozen area starts to melt, water will flow and running water will help melt ice in the pipe.

•Apply heat to frozen area using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer or towels soaked in hot water.

•Use a portable space heater, kept away from flammable materials, to warm under the house (Never leave heater unattended).

•Apply heat until full water pressure is restored.

•If you cannot find the frozen area, if the area is not accessible, or if you cannot thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.

•DO NOT use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.

Is it time to change your air filters?

January 29, 2017

One of the easiest ways to improve your home is to change your air filters on a regular basis. It is important, however, to understand the purpose of an air conditioning filter.

Although your air conditioning filter can remove allergens from the air and increase your home’s air quality, many consumers don’t know that the primary purpose of your filter is not for you – it’s for your HVAC system itself. A clogged AC filter can reduce air flow significantly, increasing the amount of time your system has to run and putting significant stress on your air conditioner’s internal components. The AC filter’s primary role is to keep dust and other contaminants from collecting on the evaporator coil and other components which decreases the rate at which heat is exchanged. Additionally, this dirt and debris can collect on the various moving parts of your blower motor and fan, which also decreases their effectiveness. In fact, a dirty evaporator coil can increase your utility costs by 5-40%.


How often to change your air filters can depend on the following:

• the type of air filter you are using

• the overall indoor air quality

• how many pets are in the home

• the number of people occupying the home, and

• the level of air pollution and construction around the home


For basic 1"-3" air filters, manufacturers usually direct you to change them every 30-60 days. If you suffer from light to moderate allergies, you could upgrade the air filter or change them more frequently.


Here are averages that might help you know how often you should change the air filter at home:

• Vacation home or single occupant and no pets or allergies: every 6-12 months

• "Average" suburban home without pets: every 90 days

• Add a dog or cat: every 60 days

• Add more than one pet or anyone has allergies: 20-45 days

Check your outside faucets.

April 11, 2017

Check outside hose faucets for freeze damage. Turn the water on and place your thumb or finger over the opening. If you can stop the flow of water, it is likely the pipe inside the home is damaged and will need to be replaced. While you're at it, check the garden hose for dry rot.

Spring is here!

April 11, 2017

PRO TIP: Inspect your gutters!

Clogged gutters allow water to flow over and pool near your foundation which causes numerous problems. A few hours will save you money and headaches!

No Drip!

June 5, 2017

PRO-TIP

Place a rubber band around the paint bucket (leaving enough room for your brush to go in). Every time you dip your brush in, the rubber band effectively and cleanly scrapes the paint off of the brush.

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