3 Reasons To Call a Plumber During a Remodel

3 Reasons To Call a Plumber During a Remodel

The world of Pinterest and home improvement blogs has led to a big culture of DIY “experts” that want to tackle the remodeling projects in their own homes.  However, most of the time DIY projects are way more work than they are made out to be in the blogs and on TV. If you are tackling a DIY remodel of any room in your home (especially the bathroom, laundry room, or kitchen) there are a few reasons you might need to call a plumber.  Here are three. You Want to Move Water Fixtures The number one reason you are going to need a plumber during a remodel is if you are looking to move any water based appliances.  Something that seems as simple as moving the refrigerator to a different wall may take a relocation of plumbing. Furthermore, many bathroom remodels will require a plumber to make sure everything is

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The Best Advice for Lowering Your Heating Bill

The Best Advice for Lowering Your Heating Bill

As winter rolls around there’s one thing everyone dreads…the heating bill.  It haunts your mailbox and your wallet and pounces on you unexpectedly even though in the back of your mind you knew it was coming sooner or later. It seems as though everyone loves having a warm house, but no one loves paying for it…and we don’t blame them. Luckily, we have a few simple tips to lower that dreaded wintertime bill.  Check it out. Know when to open and shut your windows. There is this bright ball in the sky that provides the earth with heat. It’s called the sun. And, believe it or not, as a homeowner you can use the sun to your advantage if you are trying to lower your heating bill.  By opening the shades first thing in the morning you allow the daytime sun to come in and warm the home. Then, if

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What is an Electrical Safety Inspection?

What is an Electrical Safety Inspection?

As a homeowner, the word “inspection” quickly becomes one of the most terrifying words in the English Dictionary.  Inspection means that hidden issues have the potential of being found and unexpected costs could arise. Yet, as scary as inspections are due to the amount of money they can cost and the number of unknown costs they can uncover, they can also help to save a lot of money too! A well-timed inspection can help to find serious issues before they cause serious damage. One of the most common inspections for a home is an electrical safety inspection.  If you are wondering what exactly an electrical safety inspection is, you are in luck because today we have that answer for you! An electrical safety inspection is a detailed inspection of a home’s electrical system. Many times, electrical safety inspections are performed before a family purchases a home or right after a

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What You Need To Know About Furnace Maintenance

What You Need To Know About Furnace Maintenance

Buying and installing a new furnace in your home can cost anywhere from $3,00-$5,000+.  And, although it is a necessary purchase to live a comfortable life, it is not necessarily a purchase you want to make. For that reason, understanding how to maintain your furnace so you can prolong its life is of the utmost importance.  So, without further ado, here is what you need to know about furnace maintenance. You need to change the furnace filter. As the months start getting colder, one of the first things you will want to do is change your furnace filter.  As a furnace is used, dirt and dust from the air gets caught in the furnace filter and builds up. As the dirt and dust build up the furnace struggles to operate.  For that reason, the best practice for changing a furnace filter is to do so once every 2-3 months while

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How To Avoid Frozen Water Pipes in the Winter

How To Avoid Frozen Water Pipes in the Winter

With the cold weather months right around the corner, homeowners all over the country, and definitely in Maryland, run the risk of frozen pipes.  When the temperature drops below zero, even when the heat doesn’t go out, there is always a risk that mother nature might rear her ugly head and turn your comfortable life upside down by freezing your pies.   To avoid frozen pipes in your home this winter, here are a few tips you can follow to help eliminate your risk. Leave the Water Dripping It might seem counterintuitive to let a faucet drip, but in the dead of winter, it might just be necessary.  Allowing your faucet(s) to drip slightly when the temperature is below zero helps to keep water flowing through the pipes. As the water is forced to move, the likelihood that it will freeze decreases. So, although your water bill might be slightly

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Real Life Reasons Your Home Needs a Generator

Real Life Reasons Your Home Needs a Generator

Ready or not, here comes the colder weather.  As the months turn, the days get shorter, the nights get longer, and the chances of encountering a blustery winter storm get higher and higher.  Many people do not have a generator in their home, because they feel the power will never truly be out long enough to need one. Or, they don’t understand the consequences of being without when the weather gets bad.  If you don’t have a generator in your home, here are a few real-life reasons you need one. If the power goes out during the winter months, your pipes could freeze. As the temperature drops outside the temperature inside of your home drops as well. That’s why you have a reliable heating system in place. However, if your power goes out when the temperature outside is below zero, you’re going to notice the temperature inside dropping pretty quickly

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Brighten Your Home with Landscape Lighting

Brighten Your Home with Landscape Lighting

There’s nothing more welcoming than driving up to a well-lit home in the middle of a dark night.  It’s as if everything and everyone is asleep, but the home is still waiting up for you. And, not only is a well-lit home more welcoming, it is also safe. If you are looking to create a welcoming, safe, well-lit home you are going to want to invest in landscape lighting to achieve your goals.  Here we will go over a few of our favorite landscape lighting options. Spotlighting Spotlighting is the most common and most simple form of landscape lighting you can install on your home.  All it takes is a few spotlights staked into the ground aimed at the prominent features of your home. Typically spotlighting is directed towards the front face of the house, the garage, or a flagpole if the home has one. Moonlighting Moonlighting is one of

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Choosing the Right Bathtub for Your Bathroom

Choosing the Right Bathtub for Your Bathroom

If you are in the middle of a bathroom remodel, chances are you are going to need a plumber to help you with the installation of your new bathtub. However, before you call in the professionals you need to choose the bathtub you want. The bathtubs below are some of our favorites to use AND to install! Check them out! Classic Garden Bathtubs If you love a good, long, soak at the end of a long day then you can never go wrong with a classic garden bathtub. The garden-style bathtub can be purchased in a number of varieties, shapes, and sizes. Traditional garden bathtubs are rectangular in shape and are generally installed along a wall in a bathroom with a tile surround.  Modern style garden tubs, however, are ovular and stand alone, away from the wall. No matter which style of garden bathtub you choose, you won’t be disappointed!

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3 Causes for a Running Toilet

It’s the middle of the night and you pop up in bed, wide-awake from the sound of running water.  At first, you think you left the faucet on after brushing your teeth, but you quickly realize that all of the sinks are dry—the sound of running water is coming from the toilet. But, why? Finding your toilet running can be a cause for stress. Here are three possible causes for the sounds you are hearing. The Flapper Valve is Torn At the bottom of your toilet tank is a rubber flap.  That rubber flap is an inexpensive piece of equipment that helps to regulate the water in your toilet as it fills.  Over time that flapper valve wears down causing it to crack and break. When that happens your toilet doesn’t know when to stop cycling water and it keeps on running.   If you find your flapper valve is

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Lighting Styles You’ll Love in Your Living Space

Lighting Styles You’ll Love in Your Living Space

If there is one thing new homeowners love it’s a living space with great lighting. And, although natural light is the top choice…it’s not always possible. And, a well-lit space is just as important at night as it is during the day, so natural lighting isn’t always the answer.  For that reason, we have a list of the best lighting options for your living space to help you bring brightness into your home. Ceiling Fans Ceiling fans are one of the most popular options for living space lighting. Furthermore, in rooms with multiple windows, they might be the best option.  Ceiling fans provide circulation of air and can even help to provide cooling in the summer or circulate heat in the winter. Many people steer clear of ceiling fans because they feel as though they will not fit in with their design. However, we are pleased to let you know

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