Two-thirds of American homes have an air conditioning system — but not every homeowner maintains it as they should. A mere 42% of U.S. households with air conditioners have these air conditioners serviced each year.
You often don’t even need a repair company to keep your home’s air conditioning system in good condition — in many cases, you can perform these maintenance tasks on your own.
You might be amazed at how much AC maintenance you can do on your own, without the need for a local air conditioning company’s help. Here are three things you can do to keep your home’s a
When it comes to your home’s roof, prevention is key if you want to avoid the need for replacing a roof too early.
This is especially true throughout the winter months, when snow, ice and wind all take a major toll on the condition of your roof, leading to countless wintertime roof leaks and myriad problems that will manifest themselves later on. Luckily, there are a few things to do to ward off the damage of winter weather and make your home’s roof last for many more years to come.
To keep your home’s roofing in their best possible condition — and free of leaks — all winter long, take a look at these four tips for winter-proofing your roof:
Clear the snow off your roof regularly
Did you know that leaving large amounts of snow on your roof can cause multiple problems?
Whether you have a big backyard or just a small outdoor space, it’s natural to want to use this space to its full potential and make it a perfect spot to spend time with your friends, family and other guests who visit your house. This is especially true if you love outdoor grilling; did you know that about 60% of grillers do so year-round?
When it comes to enjoying your backyard, you usually have two options — the deck and the patio. While similar in many ways, these two outdoor fixtures have a few distinguishing traits that make them better suited to some people’s needs more than others.
Would your backyard be best suited by a new deck? Or should you look into brick patio designs instead? Find out with this handy guide to the differences between decks and patios:
When winter weather is at its worst, most homeowners find themselves incredibly thankful for their home’s garages. Whether attached to the house or not, the garage provides a safe space to store vehicles and other wintertime necessities, like snow blowers and shovels.
But most homeowners dread the day that they can’t get into or out of their garage. This problem can occur in the winter if the cold weather has affected the door in any way. For example, freezing temperatures can cause grease on the chain and tracks to harden, rendering the door immobile. And if they’re unable to get the car into or out of the garage, it definitely constitutes an emergency.
If you are looking to avoid winter disasters when it comes to your garage door, it’s best to talk to a garage door service that speci
Automatic garage doors are typically the largest moving objects in a home, but they’re often neglected when it comes to proper maintenance or sorely needed repairs. Not only can this shorten the lifespan of a garage door and garage door opener (the machine that raises and lowers the door), it can cause significant safety hazards. So here are five things you should know to keep your garage door in great shape for years to come:
- How to Operate the Manual Release
A manual release allows you to open your garage door when the opener is broken or the power is off. This will vary based on your model, so it’s up to you to pull out your owner’s manual and locate the release
Cleaning the windows of your business or home probably isn’t something that you think about often — maybe it’s a part of your spring cleaning routine, but other than that, it’s easy to forget about the importance of clean windows. Here are just a few reasons why hiring a window washing company, rather than attempting the task yourself, is something you should remember to do regularly:
- Clean windows allow more sunlight to enter your house or office, which has a couple positive effects: in the winter, this will help heat up rooms without putting pressure on your heating system, and furthermore, the extra natural sunligh
Landscaping ideas are as varied and diverse as the homeowners who need them. Some people prefer a structured look for their yard, others choose an overflowing cottage garden aesthetic. No matter what you want your yard to look like, it’s important to know common components of landscaping design.
One of the first things to consider in your landscaping design is ground cover. Decorative topsoil can be used to keep your garden looking nice while waiting for new plants to grow. Topsoil, organic compost, and mulch insulate the ground to keep seeds warm and nourish the young plants. Gravel and other
Investing in rental property is a great way to bring in a little extra money each month, while building equity on two houses simultaneously. Knowing how to invest in rental homes is a little different from knowing how to buy a house for your primary residence, but with a little work, it can be a rewarding experience.
Choosing a real estate agent is one of the first things to do when investing in rental property. Finding a good real estate agent will make the entire buying process go smoothly. From finding houses in the most profitable neighborhoods to helping with the sale paperwork, real estate agents are in
As homeowners with plenty of responsibilities, it’s easy to forget that our homes’ foundations need the occasional check-up to make sure they’re in good condition, as well. Without a healthy foundation, a home will gradually deteriorate, causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage. To avoid such costs, it’s better to notice the signs of foundational water damage early on and prevent the damage from worsening by hiring the right foundation repair contractors.
Could your foundation be withering away due to repeated water leakage through the foundation and into your basement? Here’s a list of the three most prominent signs of foundational water damage that you can never afford to ignore:
Basement cracks and leaks
If you’ve noticed that your basement leaks puddles or pools of
One of the most disastrous things that can happen at a home is a sewer back up or the failure of any part of a sewer system. Newer homes probably have a little less to worry about when it comes to this, but older homes that have clay or cast iron pipes might need replacing soon. Experts say that there are a number of different things that can cause the need for sewer line repair or replacement, but for sewers that are over 40 years old it’s probably time for some preventative care. One method of sewer line repair that’s growing in popularity is pipe bursting. Here’s what you need to know.
1. What is pipe bursting?
Put simply, the pipe bursting method is just a form of trenchless sewer pipe repair. Usually when sewer lines