Summer Chimney Maintenance

All chimneys need maintenance and summer is the best time to do these tasks before the busy fall season arrives. Many problems can be avoided or mitigated before they become serious and expensive repair issues.  Here’s some of the most common issues to look for. Bricks or stones spalling or flaking off. Masonry chimney exteriors […]

Grilling Safety Tips

With another holiday here, there will be hundreds of thousands enjoying an outdoor cookout.  Here are a few safety tips to make sure you avoid any disaster while grilling. General grilling tips Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors. The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and […]

Smoke Damage in Penn Valley PA

A customer in Penn Valley Pennsylvania purchased a new oven from a big box store and had them install it.  The delivery men installed the oven, and then proceeded to turn it on while instructing the home owner to allow the oven to run for a half hour prior to turning it off.  As she […]

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar – Part 1

Apple cider vinegar is said to be a natural remedy for many ailments. In 400 B.C.E Hippocrates (the father of modern medicine) knew about apple cider vinegar’s antibiotic properties and recommended it to his patients for its healing properties. Since then it’s been valued by many cultures right up to modern times. Apple cider vinegar […]

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar – Part 2

In researching the health benefits of apple cider vinegar I’ve found a lot of anecdotal evidence – stories from people of the beneficial effects of taking apple cider vinegar. There isn’t scientific evidence to back up all of these claims, but of course unless the studies have been done there won’t be. Lack of scientific […]

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar – Part 3

The health benefits of apple cider vinegar will vary depending on the ingredients and process used in making it. Commercial production can use wood shavings, and other vinegars as the base (speeding fermentation), changing the makeup of the end product. You’ll get the greatest health benefits from apple cider vinegar that is made from organic […]

Mold Allergy

Causes Like any allergy, mold allergy symptoms are triggered by an overly sensitive immune system response. When you inhale tiny, airborne mold spores, your body recognizes them as foreign invaders and develops allergy-causing antibodies to fight them. After the exposure has passed, you still produce antibodies that “remember” this invader, so that any later contact […]

Pre-Purchase Mold Inspections

So, you’re ready to purchase a new home and you want to make sure that everything is fine prior to settlement.  You hired a home inspector, radon inspector, exterminator to check for termites and even went so far to hire a roofer to make sure the shingled roof is water tight.  But what about the […]

Pollen Counts

Hundreds of thousands of people suffer from hay fever, and this season is shaping up to be one of the worst in years. The late spring has compressed the season, and there’s been little rain to wash the pollen out of the air. Tree pollen is very large and very obvious, but wild bluegrass and other […]