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A Sump Pump Can Help Protect Your Basement from Flooding

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Basement flooding is more common than you might think. According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, over 60 percent of homeowners with a basement in their home will experience water problems. If you or anyone you know has experienced a basement flood, you know what a nightmare it can be. And the biggest headache…

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4 Quick Ways to Update Your Kitchen This Weekend

When was the last time you updated your kitchen?  If you have to think about it, your kitchen could probably use a face-lift in time for the holidays. Updating your kitchen doesn’t have to involve a full-scale remodel. Even small changes can make your home more appealing to guests, as well as potential buyers should…

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How Does Your Home’s Efficiency Measure Up?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers an easy way to evaluate your home’s annual energy usage called the Home Energy Yardstick. The Home Energy Yardstick measures your home’s efficiency when compared to similarly sized homes in similar weather conditions. After the extreme winter weather the entire nation has faced this season, spending fifteen minutes to…

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Fall Home Maintenance

It’s officially fall; while we’re enjoying the beautiful weather and the leaves, it’s time to start getting ready for the toll winter will take on your home. There aren’t many tasks on a fall to-do list that are difficult.  Some are best left to a professional, though. The key is to know which ones you…

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Spring Cleaning Should Include Your Air Conditioner

Sure, it’s on the early side, but with the summer we had last year, do you want to wait to get your air conditioner ready? It’s time to schedule your tune-up and safety check to ensure comfort all summer long. Your air conditioner made it through just fine last year, so why have it looked…

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After the Storm

Sandy has passed, and now your priority is to be sure your home is safe after the storm and flooding. Electrical systems, heating and cooling equipment, gas lines, and plumbing are all vulnerable. Here’s a checklist of everything that you need to ensure is in proper working order. Electrical Check outside the house for any…

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Summer Plumbing Tips

In the summer, a typical family’s water usage increases by 25% to 50%; combined with added heat and other summer-specific issues, this time of year can be hard on your home’s plumbing.  Here are some tips that will give your plumbing and water bill a break. Re-use pool towels. You’ll save water by not washing…

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Keeping Your Kitchen Drain Flowing

Your kitchen sink is the hardest-working drain in your house but if you put the wrong things down there, it’s a recipe for disaster. Drain enemy number one: grease. Other items which are potentially harmful include stringy vegetables, egg shells, and coffee grounds, not to mention a host of lesser offenders.  Grease.  Yes, when it’s…

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DIY Home Energy Audit

Conducting your own Home Energy Audit can easily be done. It’s a great way to assess where your home is losing energy, as well as prioritize potential areas to upgrade for increased energy efficiencies. And, improved energy efficiency can contribute to lower bills, increased comfort, lower utility rates and environmental conservation. Focus your home energy…

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No Cost Ways to Save on Your Air Conditioning This Summer

As hot, summer temperatures rise, so will the cost of cooling your home this summer. The cost of electricity is expected to go up, causing many to look for ways to cut back on expenses. Below is a list of “no cost” ways to help you reduce your air conditioning costs this summer. Check for…

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