Maintenance and Repair

What To Do If A Tornado Hits Your Home

What To Do If A Tornado Hits Your Home

We’re so unbelievably saddened by the horrific photos and video coming out of Joplin, Mo., in the aftermath of yesterday’s damaging tornado. This spring has seemed to produce an especially volatile trend of severe weather, as witnessed by many in Alabama, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas and other states. If you […]

Mower Not Working? Try This Simple Tip

Mower Not Working? Try This Simple Tip

Mowing season is upon us! Sure, sometimes yard work is labor-intensive, but there’s nothing like the smell of fresh cut grass. If you haven’t already taken your lawnmower for its first spin of 2011, you just might encounter a problem when you try to start the mower. Never fear–we have […]

How To Prep Your Air Conditioner For The Summer

How To Prep Your Air Conditioner For The Summer

A sudden heat wave has descended over Kansas City, which means many of us are firing up the air conditioners–for a couple of days, anyway. Before your A/C usage peaks during the summer months, there are a few things you can do to keep your air conditioner running efficiently. And […]

How To Avoid Storm Repair Scams

How To Avoid Storm Repair Scams

Warmer weather brings with it a higher risk of severe weather. And after hail, high winds, tornadoes and heavy rains comes another danger: storm repair scams. The Kansas City area recently experienced a heavy bout of severe weather, and in response, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe issued a warning […]

Why You Should Schedule A Home Inspection

Why You Should Schedule A Home Inspection

Most home inspections typically take place prior to a real estate closing and are a necessary part of the home buying transaction. Because April is Home Inspection Month, we thought we’d share a tip: home inspections aren’t just for home sales. In fact, experts recommend that you schedule a home […]

How To Unclog Drains

How To Unclog Drains

A clogged drain–it’s gross, inconvenient and unsightly. Of course, when it comes to unclogging a drain, the process can be even more irritating than the drain itself. So we’ve compiled a few methods you might want to try before calling in a plumber. Note: Before you proceed, you’ll want to […]

How To Flush Your Water System

How To Flush Your Water System

Now that spring is officially here, spring cleaning is definitely in order. You’re probably tackling floors, countertops, bedding and other commonly cleaned areas and items, but what about your home’s water system? It’s a good idea to flush out your water system once or twice a year to ensure any […]

Early Spring Maintenance Checklist

Early Spring Maintenance Checklist

We may be getting a bit ahead of ourselves, but it’s time to think spring! Even if you’re not quite out of the winter weather woods, we’ve got a short list of tasks you can tackle to get your home–both inside and out–ready for warmer months. Spring Maintenance Tasks: *Inspect […]

How to Check Your Furnace and Home Heating System

How to Check Your Furnace and Home Heating System

A broken heater or bad insulation can lead to the uncomfortable situation of living in a cold house. If you’re fairly certain your windows and doors are completely shut and air-tight you’ll then need to inspect your home heating system. Follow these steps to ensure your heater is in proper […]

How To Protect Yourself From A Fraudulent Contractor

How To Protect Yourself From A Fraudulent Contractor

Now that a much-needed warm-up has been forecasted across a large portion of the U.S., many homeowners will turn their attention to snow and ice removal, especially those who have been hit hard by recent storms. If the task ahead is large enough, you may want to call in the […]

How to Clean a Chimney

How to Clean a Chimney

Fireplaces have been getting a bad rap lately as they are to blame for pollution, losing heat, and being an overall hazard, but some of us still love the sound, feel and smell of a wood burning fireplace. One of the main issues with a wood fireplace is the build […]

Digging Out From the Snow Safely

Digging Out From the Snow Safely

The Northeast is digging out today from record snowfall and people are putting their snowblowers and snow shovels back in action. Here are some tips for digging out from the snow safely and what to do in case you get hurt. 1. Assess the situation Do you truly need the […]

How To Fix The Most Common Ceiling Problem

How To Fix The Most Common Ceiling Problem

If you have a multi-level house, chances are you’ll encounter the most common type of ceiling issue: drywall damage courtesy of water leaks. This problem has a number of causes, including water from an upstairs bathroom that overflows and leaks into (and through) the ceiling of a lower floor. In […]

Protect Your Home From Carpenter Ants

Protect Your Home From Carpenter Ants

In most parts of the country, the threat of pests has diminished thanks to frigid temperatures and inhospitable weather conditions. Yet carpenter ants, one of the most destructive pests, can still strike, especially in warmer parts of the country, so we thought we’d share some tips on how to protect […]

Why You Should Consider Appliance Insurance

Why You Should Consider Appliance Insurance

A reader recently informed us of the positive experiences they’ve had with multiple broken appliances because they were properly covered with appliance insurance from AHS. This isn’t an ad for AHS (American Home Shield) but because these homeowners were so grateful for their investment in appliance insurance and their experience […]

Identify Leaks And Save Big On Water Bills

Identify Leaks And Save Big On Water Bills

We talk a lot about energy conservation, yet water conservation is just as important for both homeowners and commercial building owners. Besides making good environmental sense, monitoring your water consumption is an easy way to reap savings on your monthly water bill. One of the biggest causes of high water […]

How to Repair an Oreck Vacuum With a Broken Belt

How to Repair an Oreck Vacuum With a Broken Belt

We absolutely love our Oreck Vacuum XL. It doesn’t have the bells and whistles that many of it’s competitors have (we’re looking at you Hoover) but in it’s simplicity lies it’s beauty. One bag, no hoses, no attachments, turn it on and go. It excels on low-pile carpet and hardwood […]

What Is The Difference Between Sweating Pipes and Leaking Pipes?

What Is The Difference Between Sweating Pipes and Leaking Pipes?

Water on the outside of your pipes is always a bad sign. But before you dread a sizable plumbing bill or dig out your soldering kit, think about this – you may have sweating pipes instead of leaking pipes. Sounds like a problem the local spa should have, doesn’t it? […]