Home Maintenance

Avoid Wintertime Subterranean Termites

When temperatures drop, most insects power down for the season. Boxelder bugs retreat to snug crevices, honeybees huddle and some populations, like Monarch butterflies, migrate to warmer climes. Hardy termites, however, shrug off the cold, remaining active year-round and enjoying their cellulose[...]

Fireplace Safety Includes Smart Maintenance

The couple basked in warmth from the quietly crackling fireplace. The calm shattered minutes later. Huge flames suddenly stretched toward the flue, smoke poured forth, wood popped explosively and a whooshing sound filled the room. Hurrying outside, the horrified pair saw flames shooting from the[...]

Know the Signs of Pending Water Heater Failure

So, it’s getting colder outside and you can’t wait to take a hot shower before you head off to work. But something is wrong. It’s taking longer and longer for you to feel the water heat up, or your hot water runs out halfway through your shower. This is not how you wanted your day […]

A Rotten Egg Smell Can Be Your Best ‘Gas Leak’ Warning

What is that smell? It’s a question you’ve probably asked yourself when you walk into your home after a long trip or a few days before trash day, but it could be a warning. That rotten egg smell you’ve encountered could be the tell-tale sign of a gas leak.   This smell isn’t just a[...]

Spotting Property Erosion Before It’s Too Late

The Grand Canyon is a stunning example of the beauty erosion creates. River deltas show off erosion’s good side, too: rich soil carried downstream to form fertile land. But when this natural force threatens to rearrange your property, it’s important to identify its powerful energy before it’s[...]