Locating Your Shut Off Valve

After the water passes through the three city-installed valves, it comes to what is known as the main shutoff valve in your home. This is the valve that you need to be able to locate in an emergency. Find it before an emergency occurs so, when you’re in a pinch, you know where it is. […]

Dishwasher Leak

Pictured here is a photo of a kitchen where the dishwasher was removed because of a slow leak.  The insurance company told the home owner to not worry about pulling the unit out, and just have the plumbing fixed.  We urged the customer to remove the dishwasher, and this is what we found. For more […]

Choosing the Right Water Heater

Bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to choosing the size of a water heater. If you install a tank that’s too small, you’ll run out of hot water before finishing the shower. And if you get a tank that’s too big, you’re wasting money on heating water they won’t use.  By following a […]

They’re Everywhere!!!

With mold being such a hot topic over the last couple of years, more and more companies are popping up every week.  Each of them boasting more experience and more years in the field than the next.  But how do you know which company to chose?  Here’s some tips when choosing the right mold remediation […]

Winterizing An Outdoor Air Conditioner

An outside air conditioning unit, often referred to as an HVAC unit, is a lifesaver during hot summer months. During the winter, you may want to winterize the unit to protect it against cold weather, snow and ice. Winterizing the unit also protects it against rust damage. A few protective measures can keep the air […]

Avoiding Foreclosure

If you are unable to make your mortgage payment: Don’t ignore the problem. The further behind you become, the harder it will be to reinstate your loan and the more likely that you will lose your house. Contact your lender as soon as you realize that you have a problem. Lenders do not want your […]

10 Ways to Lose Your Home – Part 1

Few home buyers stop to think that they could lose their home. But mistakes happen. The reasons sellers decide to sell are based on the mistakes they made when they purchased.  Doing your research and being well prepared can help you not make costly and life altering mistakes that will take years to recoup from. […]

10 Ways to Lose Your Home – Part 2

Picking the Wrong Neighborhood The three most important words in real estate: location, location, location, are a joke to you, but you never got the punch line. Besides, driving through a neighborhood will tell you everything you need to know about an area. There is no point in asking the police department about crime statistics […]

Thawing Frozen Pipes

We wrote a blog on preventing frozen pipes, but what if it is too late?  Here’s a few tips on what to do if you have frozen pipes. If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where […]

Insulating a Crawl Space Yourself

To take the chill out of a crawl space, it’s usually best to insulate the exterior masonry walls rather than the underside of the floor above. That’s especially true when heating ducts or pipes pass through the space. Unless there are excessive moisture problems in the crawl space, use unfaced fiberglass batts to insulate the […]