3 Home Improvements You Should Make Right Now

3 Home Improvements You Should Make Right Now

It’s easy to lose motivation to make improvements to your home during the winter months.  Outside it’s cold, everything inside feels stagnant, and you can’t even open up a window to let the fresh air in.  But, did you know that the winter months are actually the perfect time to double down and get things done? That’s right. If you are looking for a home improvement project this year, look no further than the three on this list! Replace your Air Conditioner/HVAC It’s a simple fact that the time of year homeowners are least likely to think about their air conditioner is winter.  After all, it’s typically not until something goes wrong that you feel the need to fix it, and if you aren’t using your air conditioner it’s likely you don’t even know it needs to be fixed. However, this winter, instead of waiting until spring to test things

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How To Choose the Best Generator for Your Home

How To Choose the Best Generator for Your Home

So, you’ve come to the realization you need a generator for your home. Generators come in all shapes, sizes, styles, and power levels. So, if you are confused and not sure where to begin when it comes to finding the perfect generator for your home, don’t worry, you’re not alone! Before you head out to the nearest home improvement store take a look at these times on how to choose the best generator for your home. Know how much power you need The first step in choosing the best generator for your home is knowing how much power you need.  Typically, generators are available to purchase starting at 2,000 watts. It is important to note that if you are planning on running your home appliances off of the generator that you will need more power than that.  For most homes, a generator offering 3000-6500 watts will work just fine. If

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Is My Sewer Backing Up?

Is My Sewer Backing Up?

How To Tell if You Have a Sewer Problem and What the Cause Might Be A foul odor creeping up from the basement usually means one thing…sewer problems.  And, if you are a homeowner, sewer problems are the last kind of problem you really want to have.  Not only are sewer issues difficult to clean up, unsanitary, and literally smelly they can also be rather costly to repair. Here, we’re going to discuss the signs of a sewer problem and the potential causes of sewer problems so you can be prepared if you ever get a backup! Signs of Sewer Problems The most obvious sign of a sewer problem is sewage leaking in your home. Typically, this occurs in the basement closest to the sewage pipes. But, if you have a very serious backup it can potentially cause leaks in other places throughout the home.  Therefore, if you ever witness

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A Guide to Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Your Home

A Guide to Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Your Home

Fall is here and winter is upon us which means the weather is getting cold. And, with the colder weather comes the necessity of turning the heat on.  Although turning on the heat in the winter months is a safe and relatively harmless activity, there are some risks you should always be aware of—and one of them is carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, toxic and flammable gas that is formed when gas or other fuels are not burned fully.  People who experience a heightened amount of carbon monoxide in their home become subject to carbon monoxide poisoning. Side-effects are dizziness, nausea, coma, heart/respiratory disease, and in some cases even death. A risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is present any time you turn on your heater or start your fireplace.  The good news is, there are things you can do to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning in

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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 pipes.   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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